I'll Meet You There

Hardcover | February 3, 2015

byHeather Demetrios

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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.

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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 i...

Heather Demetrios is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novel Something Real. When she's not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, she lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, Heather is part of the Summer 2014 Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA class at Vermont Col...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.66 × 5.76 × 1.36 inPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0805097953

ISBN - 13:9780805097955

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life There is absolutely no way I can do this book justice. It is so beautiful. And just all the things. When I read the synopsis and saw some key words, trailer, small town, Marine. I knew I'll Meet You There would have every opportunity to break my heart. Probably more than once. Skylar has made it her priority to get out of Creek View. Not many people do and she refuses to be stuck there in a mediocre life. Now that graduation is under her belt, she's just got the summer to work at the Paradise, the local motel, and off to San Francisco and freedom she'll be. Josh is back in Creek View after a tour in Afghanistan. Joining the Marines was supposed to be his one ticket out of the lowly life Creek View was going to offer him. But that's not what life had in store for him. Josh is back in Creek View having lost a leg in Afghanistan. Skylar and Josh spent high school working at the Paradise together. They sparked up an unlikely friendship during those years. When Josh was shipping off, Skylar knew she was going to miss his company. She thought about him a lot, and now that he's back she can't wait to see him. Skylar really hopes Josh feels the same way. Skylar quickly realizes this is a different Josh. The old Josh was a player and cocky. This Josh is distant and moody. Skylar is determined not to treat him differently though. This is where their friendship turns into something a lot deeper. The relationship between Skylar and Josh was definitely the most heart warming and heart breaking bit of the book. I adored both characters and how their growth and change in attitude was done, just spot on. Creek View is a middle no where California town. Everyone lives in a trailer and works a minimum wage job. Skylar and her best friend Chris made a pact to pretty much stay single and get a free ride to university. Skylar has no problem sticking to that. She's straight laced. Having lost her dad to a car accident where he drank and drove, Skylar refuses to touch the stuff. Other kids see her as a bit of a prude for it. I love how she sticks to her morals and doesn't let peer pressure distract her from her goals. I also loved how Skylar showcases Creek View and her life there through her collages. How she puts her life into art is beautiful and one of her stronger personality traits. Skylar works hard at her job but also taking care of her mom. She's worried about her surviving without her. Syklar has had to grow up and become the parent. Which becomes very apparent and almost shatters everything Skylar has worked towards when her mom loses her job and goes off the deep end. There's not many chapters from Josh's POV, but the ones that are are heart breaking. Josh returns to Creek View a shell of a person. The horrors of war follow him. Having had his leg blown off is not something you're suppose to bounce back from. Josh is understandably surviving from PTSD and feels like he's useless. He should be back with this friends as they're shipping out on another tour. Josh was the high school star. The popular guy. Two years later and one leg short he's still the center of attention. But it's for different reasons. He doesn't know how to handle it, nor does it seem like his friends know how to be around him without pity. Josh also doesn't have the support of his family. He feels like he's disappointed them. Without even the support of his family to help get him through is really hard to read. There's so much heart break with Josh's story, but it also leaves room for hope. Like I mentioned above, Skylar and Josh's relationship in I'll Meet You There is everything. Of course I totally shipped them. But it was so much more than that. The way Skylar is able to drop all the BS around Josh is exactly what he needs. Josh doesn't want pity. He's already beating himself up enough over what happened in Afghanistan. Skylar is the first person to offer him friendship. She treats him like a person. There's the easy banter about his leg. She doesn't freak out and think he's weak. Skylar is also able to pull him out when he disappears inside himself. In turn Josh is able to trust her and starts to open up about his feelings and experiences over seas; the good and bad. But it is not just what Skylar has to offer Josh, it's also what Josh is able to do for Skylar. There's also the fantastic bunch of supporting characters. Like Marg, the owner of Paradise. She offers Josh and Skylar a family they are both lacking. And Dylan, Skylar's BFF. She's able to show Skylar that even though she's a teenage mom and will probably be a Creek View lifer, it doesn't mean she's any less of a person. Dylan is happy with her life and helps Skylar see that Creek View is apart of her, not something to be ashamed of. But something to grow and learn from. Even Skylar's mom adds depth to the story. Yes, she spirals down in the dark end. But not once does she expect Skylar to give up her dreams and life to take care of her. Everyone has a point and life that helps further the story along. I finished I'll Meet You There with tears streaming down my face. Which is very inductive of my reading experience. There were happy tears mixed in with the not so happy tears. I think when there's a central story around a war vet, especially one as young as Josh, there is every chance for it go horribly wrong. Obviously Demetrios captured Josh's struggles with learning to deal with what life had dealt him in a strong and emotional way. Add in Skylar and Creek View(yes I see the town as it's own character because it is), both with their own obstacles to over come and I don't see why this book isn't on everyone's TBR's. Pre-order it. Request it at the library. Whatever. Just make sure you read it next month. This is a story that deserves to be heard.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios was a great read. I have been hearing raving reviews about it from almost everyone, which is why I actually ended up requesting it. I am a huge contemporary fan so knowing such a book has touched the hearts of many of my reader friends, I wanted to jump on that bandwagon. While I didn't fall in love with I'll Meet You There, I still loved the story Heather Demetrios told. Skylar comes from a trailer park environment. She's hated it all her life and can't wait to leave. It is currently the summer before freshman year and she's counting down the days until she leaves. She has a full scholarship at a university that is very far from her "home", which she doesn't even feel is her actual home. She then reconnects with Josh Mitchell, recently returned from Afghanistan, with one less leg as a price of the war he was through. Josh really hated people's pity.. something only a person who went through a horrible and traumatic event can really understand.. however the people on the other side of things just don't know how to act. I liked Josh, I think he really handled his return well, but at the same time, I personally wasn't a fan of his chapters. I think seeing him from Skylar's chapters was how I really liked him. There was so much anger in his own chapters and it was really hard to read that. He has every right to be angry, every right to hate the world. I have to be honest and say that I felt so uncomfortable because it reminded me of many of the young men back home that are pretty much in the same situation. One main difference is that therapy doesn't exist and PTSD doesn't really get treated there.. I guess the transference I subconsciously did just turned it into such an uncomfortable and sometimes bitter read. Skylar however frustrated me at times because she would consider ditching her full university ride just to take care of her mother who lost her job, wasn't in a hurry to find a new one, drank herself to sleep every night, and started seeing a good for nothing guy. This might sound selfish but I just can't imagine what Skylar has been through because of her mother. Her mother checked out of her mom role years ago and ever since, Skylar was the one taking care of everything. It annoyed me that Skylar even toyed with the idea of still getting screwed over by her mother. I liked I'll Meet You There. I just felt it was a bit too long but I did find the friendship, turned relationship, between Skylar and Josh to be very sweet and raw and slow (in a good way). Both have been hurt in this world and seeing them both try to deal with it and try to make it work was what made the book for me. One other reason is Skylar's friends. I truly loved all their scenes together and they were just such a fantastic trio! I definitely recommend I'll Meet You There to contemporary fans who want more than a typical cute romance.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favourite Skylar Evans has a plan and it doesn’t involve staying in Creek View and ending up like all the others who never left: living in a double-wide trailer, working a dead-end job. It’s one more summer after graduation and then she’s gone. But then her mother loses her job and her carefully planned out future is in jeopardy. Josh Mitchell did get out of Creek View through the military. This summer finds him back home after an explosion in Afghanistan took his leg. The only thing Skylar and Josh have in common is working at the Paradise motel but a friendship soon develops and maybe, in time, could lead to something more. I have made no secret about loving Heather Demetrios’ books. This book was no exception. I couldn’t put it down. It was gritty and real and full of amazing characters and it never shied away from making the characters realistic, even if that meant they weren’t always loveable. The characters were perfect in the way that they weren’t perfect at all. In fact, they could be downright horrible at times. Skylar could be extremely judgmental of the people in her hometown and Josh could be very rude and vulgar but even though I didn’t like that about them I could understand it. It was characteristics like those that gave them such a realistic feel. Their friendship was absolutely perfect, their banter was hilarious and I loved seeing them open up to each other. It was touching. It was impossible not to smile every time Josh asked “how’s the sky today?” I really enjoyed so many of the side characters as well. Marge, Paradise’s owner was definitely a force in their lives but also so caring. Skylar’s best friends Chris and Dylan were such a huge part of her life and so completely different. Chris was like Skylar in looking down on their hometown while Dylan was viewed as a typical Creek View girl, likely stuck there forever. While there is definitely a romance element to the book, it was more about the journeys Skylar and Josh went through. Skylar had to learn that it was okay for her to leave and that it was okay to be afraid of leaving. Josh was struggling after coming back from the war. He suffered from PTSD but there was no one for him to talk to about it at home. He had changed, war had changed him but all his friends had stayed the same. I thought the pacing was the perfect speed. It wasn’t breakneck fast and it worked. None of the issues the characters were dealing with were easily solved and it meant spending a lot of time with them taking a step forward and then back again. It could have easily felt repetitive or slow but instead it just felt right. The plot seemed simple from the synopsis but again, the issues in the book made it anything but simple. I would put this book at the older end of the teen group due to the language. There was a lot of it. I thought it would be hard to surpass how I felt about Something Real but I’ll Meet You There managed to do just that.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favorites! This has to be one of the hardest books I have had to review because there are no words for how amazing I'll Meet You There was! It had ALL THE FEELS! Heather Demetrios does not disappoint, the book felt real and makes you want to re-read it again. I wish that I could read Something Real which is her first book because I heard amazing things about that one too. This is one of my top reads for the year. If you loved Something Like Normal by Trish Doller this one is the perfect to read because the characters are so similar and they both serve the military. Skylar Evans is a seventeen years old who lives in Creek View, where this town is in the middle of nowhere. She is counting down the days until she can leave to go to school in San Francisco. That is until her mother loses her job and falling apart. I really liked Sky because she was easy to relate to and could feel her emotions. She also is struggling financially, which happens to everyone about to enter school. Skylar acted like a real teenager, a little tense but when she reconnects with Josh her emotions drive her to befriend him as well as something more. It was great to see her grow through the entire book. Josh is one of those complex characters that you can see where he is struggling and even though his point of views where short they had such an impact that you feel sorry for him. He was dealing with his memories, the loss of his friends and the loss of his leg. Before going into the Marines he was a player and full of confidence. He wasn't the easiest character to like at first, but eventually you fall in love with him because he sounds realistic which is one of the things I loved about him. Skylar and Josh's relationship was one of the best building romances that I have read because you see them become friends and then more. Their relationship was like any others because it had bumps along the way. But that tension throughout the book was there which you were just waiting until they got to that moment. They seemed not the couple to be together but actually are perfect for each other. They understand each other. This beautiful story is about growing up, finding love in weird places. I'll Meet You There was emotional and heartbreaking but it had many moments that were sweet, romantic and even make you cry. If you are looking for a contemporary book that will warm your heart this is the book for you! Its a must read!
Date published: 2015-02-07

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"This well-crafted romance is sure to please fans of contemporary realism, and the witty dialogue may snag a few John Green fans as well." -BCCB"Demetrios' latest will have a huge impact not only on YA fans, but also on booklovers of all ages. Her writing exudes raw feelings, and the characters all have strong, distinct personalities....the balance between giggles and tears will keep your pulse racing till the finish." -RT Book Reviews"*Part coming-of-age, part romance, and part war story. Demetrios' latest is remarkable." -Booklist, STARRED REVIEW"Teens who know someone who has returned home from the service disabled, or who long to escape a small town may identify with the novel . . . Add to collections where teen romances are popular." -School Library Journal"Demetrios again focuses on timely issues, interpersing Skylar's account with short chapters in Josh's anguished voice that relive his painful wartime memories . . . A heady, page-flipping romance." -Kirkus Reviews"Chilling satire . . . Thought-provoking ideas wrapped in an engaging plot." -Kirkus Reviews on Something Real"[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut." -Publishers Weekly on Something Real