I’ll Meet You There
By Heather Demetrios
Publication date: Feb. 3, 2015
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 400 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Gahhhh the romance in I’ll Meet You There is slow burn goodness.
I don’t have a personal relationship to the military, but I loved the portrayal here — it felt very real and authentic, respectful and well-researched. But holy hell it’s painful to read about Josh, his PTSD and his war injuries.
And it’s painful to read about Skylar’s poverty.
But it’s damn good.
This book is insanely well done and emotional. I was so impressed, and doubly so when I read the author’s note at the end about her inspiration and the research she put into telling this story. I’m looking up Heather Demetrios’ other books stat, because if they are as good as this one? Wow.
LOVED IT. Beyond recommended, especially for older-skewing YA readers.