If 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 separating Skylar from art school is three months of summer…until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.
Josh had a different escape route: the Marines. But after losing his leg 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 Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and, soon, something deeper.
Compelling and ultimately hopeful, this is a powerful examination of love, loss, and resilience.
Ever since I read Heather Demetrios last year (Bad Romance) I just knew there was something special about her writing. It stuck out and it grabbed you from the get go. And while I was reading I’ll Meet You There, it just proved what I thought to be absolutely correct. Her writing is crisp and punching. I love it. It eats me up and doesn’t even spit me back out. It savors me while I savor it.
“How’s the sky today?”
I feel like this book could have gone either way. I would have been completely happy with or without Sky and Josh’s romance. Basically what I’m saying is their romance wasn’t what hooked me. It was their bond and their friendship that they established. It was who they were as their own person. Their struggles and their flaws apart from each other. It was so nice just watching them interact and be around each other, it didn’t even have to be romantically for me. I would have been happy had they ended up together or had they not.
“He tastes like hope and healing. He tasted like the future.”
Hands down the best YA book I’ve read in a while. Heather has such a fantastic way of bringing so many characters (main and secondary) to life. They’re the type of characters you would see in your own day to day life and they always leave such a huge impact on the people they come across (Hey Marge, I see you girl!).
I can say a million things about this book but ultimately- Heather is so talented. I could drink up all of her words one page at a time. She’s going to be that author that never lets down, not even once.