Review: I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios

Review: I’ll Meet You There – Heather DemetriosI'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Published by Macmillan
Published: February 3rd 2015
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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

As I sit down to write this review words seem to be lacking to explain how I feel about I’ll Meet You There. You see, I loved Demetrios’ first book Something Real like hardcore. I loved the concept and the characters and the writing. It was a pretty fantastic book. So going into I’ll Meet You There I was nervous. Excited, but nervous. I didn’t want to compare the two books as I knew they were completely different, but sometimes you can’t help worrying in your head that you will. Well rest well my reading friends, not once did I compare the two because I’ll Meet You There was amazing all on its own. Whether this was Demetrios’ first book, second or 390th, it was so beautifully good and poignant and emotional. It hit me deep and hard and I loved it.

I’ll Meet You There is about Josh and Skylar, two broken kids from small town USA. They both had dreams of leaving their Podunk town Creek View, Josh by the way of the Marines and Skylar by a college scholarship. Josh originally made it out and fought in Afghanistan only to end up right back in Creek View with one less leg. Skylar on the other hand was on her way out, she had a college scholarship and was headed to a city in CA. But when Sky’s mom loses her job she is faced with the possibility of not going anywhere. Both working at a funky motel called The Paradise, Josh and Skylar are about to have a summer they never planned on that not only can change their futures, but maybe even who they are inside.

Demetrios really hit me with this book on a level I wasn’t expecting. Sure I was nervous about it, but I knew it would be good. I just didn’t think I would feel like I did. I didn’t think I would cry like I did. Josh and Skylar were so perfectly flawed and heartbreaking. I just ached for them for different reasons. I wanted to hug them both and tell them it would be okay, that life wouldn’t always be so hard. I was 100% invested in their stories and I did want everything to be okay.

First you have Skylar, this girl that grew up way too fast. She was only a high school graduate but seemed older than me at times. She had a lot on her shoulders and was afraid to let any of it go. Her mother was not a support, her best fiends had their own problems and all Sky wanted was out. She was willing to give up her dreams for others and that just killed me. Then you have Josh. Marine through and through. He lived for fighting for his country. And in a blink of an eye it was taken from him. Now he was back in a place he left behind with more demons than anyone could guess. He was so broken and yet he fought and tried. He screwed up and got scared and pushed people away, but he stayed.

This book killed me with feels. Between Josh and Skylar, the hardships the side characters faced or the awesome owner of The Paradise, and The Paradise itself(read this book for no other reason than the motel!) I was a mess of emotion. And yet I walked away loving every single thing I felt and read. It was like Something Like Normal meets The Sea of Tranquility in a way I could never explain. All that I can really say is thank you Heather Demetrios for giving me something that I can feel your heart and soul in and for touching my heart and soul with your words. I have ordered this book for no less than 4 people and I implore you to do the same. It is worth the cost of admission and more!

 

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Review: Something Real – Heather Demetrios

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Title: Something Real [Amazon]
Author: Heather Demetrios [website]
Publisher: Henry Holt BYR
Genre: Contemporary
Source/Type: Blog Giveaway/Hardcover
Stars: 5 of 5

Publisher Description:
There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

My Thoughts:
Wow, wow, wow! What an amazingly fantastic book with really awesome characters and a gripping story to boot. I am so happy to have finally read Something Real and not sure I can adequately put into words how awesome this book was. Basically it was one of those books that just has everything and leaves you feeling refreshed and cleansed when you’re done. Did I mention it was fantastic? And is also now one of my top 15 reads ever!

Something Real is about Bonnie, a 17 year old girl that has grown up on TV. Since she was born her life, along with her 12 brothers and sisters, has belonged to MetaReel and the wildly popular reality show Baker’s Dozen.  That is until four years ago when an incident happened that resulted in the shows cancellation. Now living a normal life with friends, a possible boyfriend and a made up past, Bonnie is ready to have it all and move on from the mess that was her life. Until MetaReel shows up and messes up everything all over again. Now instead of trying to figure out if her crush likes her or what her and her friends are going to do, Bonnie is living life in front of the cameras once again. With her happy existence threatening to disappear she has a choice to make…fight or flight.

First I must say I learned two very important lessons from this book. 1) I’m so very glad I’m an only child. 12 siblings? That’s more than a baseball team. Holy crap that’s a lot of kids! And 2) I have never not wanted to be on reality TV so much in my whole life! I swear this book almost made me feel bad for the Kardashian’s…almost. 😉

But seriously I am absolutely head over heels in love with Something Real. Straight up the characters rocked. From “Chloe” to Benton to Tessa to Mer to Lexi to everyone’s favorite sexy emo dude Patrick, I loved them all. Each one of these characters was a piece of Bonnie is one way or another. Whether it was someone she wanted to be, someone she was trying to be, someone she wanted to be with, each of them played a huge role in who Bonnie was by the end of her story and I loved that. And I just really loved Bonnie. She was a kid stuck between a rock and a hard place. She felt guilty for choices she made and things she thought were her fault. My heart broke for her and Benton and the vile people that were supposed to be their parent(s). But like in any good YA book watching bonnie grow truly was a delight. And watching this while she had Patrick Sheldon on her side was even better.

Patrick Sheldon. What does one say about Patrick Sheldon??!! He is the epitome of the perfect book boyfriend. He has the characteristics of all the things anyone wants in a good partner. He was unsure and sweet and adorable and protective. He was geeky and emo and just an all-around good guy. And he was exactly what Bonnie needed but wasn’t all she had which I found very important. I’ve been hearing about Patrick for months now and I finally understand the hype.

Basically I loved everything about this book and was so sad when it was done as I don’t feel like their stories are done. I want whole books on Benton and Lexi next with pop-ins from my favorites. I just want more because Something Real is one of those books you just don’t want to let go of. Bravo Ms. Demetrios. Bravo!

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