I'll Meet You There

I'll Meet You There

Book - 2015
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Skylar Evans, seventeen, yearns to escape Creek View by attending art school, but after her mother's job loss puts her dream at risk, a rekindled friendship with Josh, who joined the Marines to get away then lost a leg in Afghanistan, and her job at the Paradise motel lead her to appreciate her home town.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250080073
125008007X
9780805097955
0805097953
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 22 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

Amazing book! This book is about Skylar, a girl who wants to get out of Creek View and Josh a Marine whose back after losing a leg in war. Josh and Skylar knew each other before Josh went away to war, but his different now thats bis back. They start to form a friendship that leads to move each they really get to know each other. The book is told from both perspectives over a summer before college. I really liked this book cause their love story felt real, they had ups and downs, moments where they didn't think they could pull through but then worked it out and had a happy ending. Rating 4 out of 5 stars. - @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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cambodianbunny
Jul 12, 2016

A beautiful book. I'm not sure what happened but the connection I made with this book was unexpected. This is the type of thing I love the most about reading, being surprised by new books and enthralled in new stories you didn't see coming.
Skylar and Josh were realistic characters who are both fighting the pull of this small town they've been born and raised in. I thought Skylar's relationship with her mother and the situation she was in to be heartbreaking. My heart ached when she went to the grocery store and stared at pasta that was $2.79, knowing it wouldn't be enough to feed her mother and her for the rest of the week. Even though she was literally starving she would always say that someone else had it worse. That someone was Josh, who had lost his leg in Afghanistan.
For me Josh was not a likable character, I was put off from the very beginning where he called Chris a "f**." I hate that type of language and was immediately put off by him. The way he gets drunk to solve his problems also was unappealing, but he won me over in the end. I never ended up liking him, but I did end up respecting him.
Overall I would recommend this book to most people. After I was finished reading it, it gave me the same feeling as The Fault in Our Stars, a feeling I didn't think I would feel ever again for a book.

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kb456
May 25, 2016

Overwritten and melodramatic.

LPL_KimberlyL Apr 07, 2016

Immersive. Emotional. Heartfelt. Realistic. Complicated. Messy. Beautiful.

A story of growing up in poverty, relying on art and friendship to get you by, finding a balance of loyalty towards family while still remaining true to yourself, learning to live with yourself and how to cope after coming home from war, and rediscovering old friendships that lead to something more.

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Bellarox
Feb 20, 2016

This book was truly a hidden gem! I usually don't enjoy romance based novels but this one caught my eye. The whole story revolves around Josh who used to be the local jerk but after coming back from Afghanistan he is a changed man. The love story is perfectly paced along with the story of preparing to go off to university. This book is very relatable and sweet :)

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NicoleEscudero
Dec 22, 2015

I loved everything about I'll Meet You There. From the start of the book, Skylar is someone you connect with- her longing to get out of her town, and her surprising sarcasm and wit make you want to know her, and her soft emotional side that she tries to hide so well.
Getting to know Josh, was I think my favorite part of the story- he is a solider that has changed due to war and comes back to a town not sure where he fits anymore.
The relationship in this book make it easy to connect and find emotion with the characters- Between Skylar and Josh, Skylar and her best friends, and Marge and both Josh and Skylar. I loved the subtly of the love story in this book, it is a slow progression which made it more enjoyable to read as you get to know more about each character.
Could not put this book down.

LPL_MollyW Mar 03, 2015

Skylar has grown up poor, but her artistic ability and hard work have won her a scholarship to art school in San Francisco, if she can just survive the summer in her small town. But when her single mom loses her job and falls apart, and a former co-worker and crush comes back from Afghanistan missing a leg, she struggles with leaving everyone behind. Demetrios has written a stunning, gripping coming-of-age story that is as much about family and friendship as first love. Fans of Trish Doller and Huntley Fitzpatrick will love I'LL MEET YOU THERE.

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Bellarox
Feb 20, 2016

Bellarox thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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