Friday, 21 August 2015

Review: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Book: I'll Meet You There

Author: Heather Demetrios

Publisher: Henry Colt and Co

Pages: 388 Pages

Format: ARC

Source: Raincoast Books

Where to Buy: Amazon CA, Book Depository, Chapters Indigo

Thanks to Raincoast Books for providing me with a copy of I'll Meet You There in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.

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.

I think i'm in love, guys. I really do. I've fallen head over heels for Heather Demetrios and her incredible writing. It's been a while, or it feels like it has been, since i've read a straight YA contemporary. I feel like i've been so caught up in this reading whirlwind that I was just reading whatever I could grab. And I'll Meet You There has quieted my mind, and has really made me think about what i've been reading. Because IMYT was so simple. It was so simple, and easy to read, yes, but so complex and complicated in it's characters and plot.

The plot in IMYT is basically non-existent in my mind. The plot is for Skyler to survive the summer; for her to make it through unscathed and to make sure she's not leaving any destruction behind. And that plot is so simple. It's something that all students that move away deal with. Hell, I dealt with it last year - the idea that when I leave home, I want to make sure that the hole i'm leaving is not gaping. That there is something there to fill it. And with such a simple plot, I still can't understand why it felt so hard and complex. The stakes felt as high as could be, and it felt like the climax of a fantasy novel, where the heroine is about to rush into battle to fight for her well being. Well, Skyler's our heroine, and the trailer park she calls home seemed like a battlefield at times. 

Skyler and Josh have become two characters that my mind will just not forget about. They are both so human, and so flawed, and yet their redeeming qualities shine through so easily, and it's so easy to fall in love with them and root for them. And what Heather Demetrios does so well? She doesn't discredit their struggles. Skyler's struggles with her mother are treated with as much respect as Josh's struggles with the war are. Nothing is prioritized because they are both dealing with very prevalent problems. I mean, such a small thing helped this story so much, and I loved it.

This book still has me reeling, and it will 100% make an appearance on my top books of the year. I had an incredible time reading it, and it was just such a delight to read. Heather Demetrios has my heart, and after reading this? I think she'll treat it well.

5/5 Stars.

Also Josh is mine, and no one else can have him.

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