I’ll Meet You There is a coming-of-age story featuring the perspectives of two teens trying to get out of their rundown small town: Skylar and Josh. Skylar is a seventeen year old with a full scholarship to an art school starting in the fall. She yearns to leave the town that holds her back, but she doesn’t want to leave her alcoholic mother behind with her new scummy boyfriend. Josh, on the other hand, got his chance to leave by joining the Marines, but he was forced to come back after losing his leg in Afghanistan. The only thing these two have in common is that they work at a tiny old motel in town. This creates a relationship between two people who just really need to be understood. For a more complete summary, you can go here, then go here to read the first five chapters for free! You can also learn more about Heather Demetrios here.
I loved this book. At first I thought to myself, “Oh great…this is going to be like every other young adult novel about love and summer.” But it was so much more than that. First of all, I cannot ever begin to imagine what soldiers go through in war. I also can never try to understand how it feels to go back to my hometown after seeing my friends die, suffering from PTSD, and losing a limb. However, I think that Demetrios does an amazing job of giving us little snippets of the struggles that Josh faces on a daily basis. Most of the book is written in Skylar’s voice, but a few little sections give us a glimpse into Josh’s head. I think it was the perfect balance. Skylar also had so many struggles of her own. This was one book where I didn’t know what she would decide doing in the end. I went back and forth on her decisions as she did.
Let me also say that this novel has romance in it, but it is slow building. I really appreciated that. Most relationships start like that, rather than the whirlwind love-at-first-sight story that so many young adult novels try to push. It just seemed really believable to me. I also really fell in love with all of the characters, flaws and all. I was rooting for all of them…even some of the antagonists.
My only issue with this book was its frequent use of derogatory language. As the story went on, I began to realize that it was more so about the culture of that small town. It still didn’t make any of that language okay, but it seemed to fit with the ideas and values of the setting.
I would really recommend this book to anyone. I think women would probably enjoy it more, but some men might appreciate it too. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read this book let me know what you think!
***** 5/5 Stars