Title: I'll Meet You There
Source: Sent for review
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.
This book comes out today and I am a little late to the party to post this since I read it December and completely forgot I did not review it. You should of course buy this immediately because it is so good.
The point of view is from both Skylar and Josh. We get glimpse into Josh's life back at home and his time in the Marines. The story switches between the two of them but this is more of Josh's story than Skylar's and it is done so good. Demetrios deals with a lot of heavy topics that we see on the news, but unless you know someone who has come back from a war you won't truly understand it. He deals with the death of his friend, losing his leg and his PTSD all while trying to be the guy his friends from back home remember. Josh is an amazing character that I feel will really hit home with a lot of people because of not only his age but how real his story is.
Skylar's story flows around Josh's and fills in the spaces, but not in a bad way. She has been working hard to escape the small town and go to art school but when her mom loses her job she starts to question if she can escape. Her best friend and Josh really help her realize what she needs to do even if it's a choice no teenager should have to make.
I am a huge fan of this book and I cannot wait until she writes another book for me to devour.