Title: I’ll Meet You There
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Excerpt from Goodreads:
If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
Skylar Evans can’t wait to get out of Creek View and began art school. Everything is right on track until Skylar’s mom is fired from Taco Bell and falls off the deep end. Skylar feels responsible for her mother and even more so when her mother starts binge drinking and hanging out with the wrong guy. For Skylar, art school feels like it is drifting farther and farther away.
Then there is Josh Mitchell. Josh is a Marine and has just returned from Afghanistan. He lost part of his leg due to an explosion while overseas and now suffers with PTSD. Josh and Skylar were always friendly before Josh left for the Marines, as they worked together in the same motel. Josh has now returned to that same motel to work after his tour. Josh and Skylar are still friendly towards each other, but seem to grow closer to each other this time around. They spend time playing chess, swimming, and hanging out outside of work.
This story is told from two point of views, Skylar’s and Josh’s. While Josh’s points of views were short, I appreciated getting inside of Josh’s head to understand things through his eyes. I really enjoyed Skylar and Josh’s relationship. They started out as friends, but then it evolved into something more. I loved how Skylar became Josh’s light in the dark and how Josh was Skylar’s best part of the day. Of course there is quite some push and pull between Skylar and Josh. Skylar is afraid to fall in love with anyone because she plans to leave for art school. Josh is afraid of becoming close to anyone because he is ashamed of his inability to control his emotions. There were a few moments were Josh’s better judgment failed, which really upset me, but it got better.
This book was such a quick read for me, I couldn’t put it down! I love everything that is this book! I do wish this book had a sequel because I would love to see Skylar and Josh’s relationship progress even more. A must read!
4 out of 5 stars
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