Sunday, March 15, 2015

I'll meet you there

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (February 3, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0805097953
  • Author: Heather Demetrios
  • Cover art: Simple, but I like it.
  • Obtained: Purchased.
  • Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars

I'll meet you there by Heather Demetrios
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

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.
(Synopsis provided by Goodreads)

I hadn't heard of this book to be honest. I only found out about it from fellow blogger Sarah at Novel Novice. She had a review and author guest post for the book and after reading the guest post I immediately drove to the book store and picked this one up.

I am so glad I did. This book was amazing. And amazing does't even seem to be the right word to describe this book. It was beautiful, it was funny, it was moving it was heart breaking. I actually hugged this book when I was done. It touched me that deeply. The only other book I've ever been moved by in the same way was Personal Effects by E.M Kokie.

I have a love of books about the military. I wish there were more YA novels that told their stories, but sadly at this time there are only a small handful.

During the few days I spent reading this book, I fell in love with Josh. His character is someone who's actions (in how he treats others) honestly if I knew a guy like that I'd probably want to smack him. However, and that is a huge however. His charm more then makes up for it and I know I would end up being friends with him and not smacking him.

The way Demetrios wrote this book was nothing short of phenomenal.  Told mostly through Skylars POV, we do get a few short chapters in Josh's POV. Which were more of him talking in his mind to his friends from the military. It was a unique view into his mind and in a way it explains why he treats people the way he does and I think that is why I can forgive his actions.

I know it's still early in the year, but I think this book is easily going to be my favorite of the year, I honestly don't see another book coming close to this one, if there was a higher rating then five stars this would take it.

So say we all!

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