My Thoughts Literally!: Book Review: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
If Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double- wide trailer, a baby, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation. In I'LL MEET YOU THERE, Demetrios provides readers with so much more than a blossoming love story. The anguishing journey that both. 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 .
Every character and every scene just felt so realistic to me and I was so grateful that I could just fall into this book and be wholly absorbed.
The romance here is so well done. I really liked that Skylar and Josh knew each other before he went off to war but they were never close. Not only is he missing a leg, but as anyone does, he saw a lot in the war. He made friends and he watched the die. He matured and yet became even more vulnerable once he returned home. I just really appreciate those romances that really show how the two characters end up bonding with each other and showing each other such unwavering support.
I just loved watching that unfold between Skylar and Josh. I also really enjoyed the alternating points of view! I think it really helped me connect with him and see all of those things he was refusing to share with other people.
Leaving, college, collages, friendship, not falling victim to the stereotype. I loved everything she stood for and everything that she did. Getting back to normal, sanity, finding a new peace.
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Just roll with it. That just takes all kinds of mental and physical toughness. I was totally rooting for him and Skylar the whole way. Where they ended up after Josh came back home was just… they needed each other. But as the book developed the crush and romantic feelings grew so strong that it was almost painful. About halfway through the book I just wanted to smoosh their faces together.
And that feeling went on honestly for most of the rest of the book.Smokie - I'll Meet You at Midnight (Official Video) (VOD)
They were just so good together despite their vulnerabilities. Or maybe because of them. And what I liked about it was that it wasn't perfect. It was messy and they argued and they tried to get together and it didn't work. It again, just felt so true to life.
I also really liked the setting of this book. Creek View, California is definitely an interesting place. Heather does a great job of describing the town in a visually interesting way.
In a way where it feels bleak but also charming. From the crappy motel that Sky works at, to the one restaurant in town, to the trailer park she lives in. It all jumps off the pages in a cinematic way. Sometimes stories about small town life can seem cliche but this never did. The town in general came alive. I'm not sure if it was the people or that you could feel the characters connection to it but it seemed like the kind of places you wanted to visit but would not want to stay too long.
It felt like a really interesting place and like the perfect location to tell this kind of story. There is just so much to like about this book. At it's heart it's a great character-driven story.
I loved seeing both Skylar and Josh develop and grown throughout the book both together and separately. They both had great character development and it made the book so engaging. This book is more on the serious side of things but it still worked really well. One of my criticisms about contemporary YA is that it often seems to be sad for the sake of being sad.
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Or too serious and overly-dramatic. I like serious, I'm okay with sad, but I think you can write a sad and serious book without forcing the subject and that's what I'll Meet You There did.
There are a lot of issues about family, life, society, war covered here and it never felt forced or overwhelming. It was sentimental and affecting but it wasn't all-consuming.
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I know by the fact that people freaked out on my via all forms of social media when I said I was reading this book that it is beloved.
Now after reading it I can see why. It's an engrossing read with realistic and relateable characters. A must read whether you are a contemporary fan or not.
If you are looking for a good book with great characters who are far from perfect pick this up.