Title: I’ll Meet You There
Author: Heather Demetrios
Genre: YA Contemporary
Released in: 2015
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Synopsis: Skylar grew up in one of those towns, those rinky-dink, one stop, nothing-for-miles towns that traps everyone there with it. Skylar is determined to get out, Now that her best friend has a baby, and is pretty much destined to stay there the rest of her life, her other best friend and she make a pact to keep each other strong, and both make it out and make something of themselves. The only way to do that, besides going in the military, is to get into a good college, which they both did. Summer after graduation should be a fun time, last moments with friends, and anticipation of the future. But for Skylar, it’s anything but…her mom loses her job and starts dating some sleazy guy, who gets her drinking again. And then Josh is back in town, having escaped via the Marines, but an accident while deployed has landed him back here. They worked together at the motel before he left, and he’s working there again…he’s different, and Skylar (and every one else) notices.
My Thoughts: I had a bit a slow start. I wasn’t really caring for these characters and general actions and initial impressions, at first, but the small town aspect got to me. I grew up in a small town too, it brought me a little bit of nostalgia.
Right off the bat, we are introduced to Josh, who is a Marine who had been deployed and sent home due to an injury. This hits me a little bit close to home, as he mentions buying from locals in Kandahar while deployed…my husband is in the Air Force, and he was deployed about 8 years ago to Kandahar as well. He heard all kinds of bombings, but thankfully, his job kept him inside a building in their compound, and never had to leave. The fact that this book describes Josh’s experiences there, in detail…that made it a little hard to read, for me.
Sky was slightly frustrating in the fact that she worked so hard to get into school with a full ride scholarship, and then considered not going to take care of her mom, who didn’t even want to be taken care of. Any other kid would have been gone so fast…it’s hard to understand why she struggles SO MUCH with this.
I do like the romance….it was a slightly faster burn, but not one they jumped into and I wouldn’t call it instalove. I felt like they both struggled with decisions regarding the other, and if they should or shouldn’t pursue, and that it was pretty realistic for this type of situation.
Overall, I really enjoyed this, especially after the first quarter to third went by, and I got sucked more into the story!