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.
Compelling and ultimately hopeful, this is a powerful examination of love, loss, and resilience.
First Sentence: The Mitchells’ backyard was packed, full of recent and not-so-recent grads in various stages of party decay.
Before I requested I’ll Meet You There, there was already hype building for it. I was already so, so excited to read it ever since I read half of Heather Demetrios’ debut novel, Something Real, and fell in love with it (the only reason I didn’t finish it was because two exams then came up). As time went by and as more and more people loved I’ll Meet You There, I was pretty sure I would love I’ll Meet You There too. I guess that’s my problem – whenever most people love a book, I eventually assume that I will love it too.
“Skylar,” he said, after a moment. “What’s up?” His smile slid all over his face, like it couldn’t make itself comfortable.
“Not much. How’s it going?” Dumb, dumb, dumb question to ask someone who had just lost his leg. (ARC 21)
Most of I’ll Meet You There sadly bored me and made me want to DNF it. By page 62, I wasn’t invested in the characters nor did I connect with any of the characters, their stories, or anything that was happening. The only thing that managed to snag and keep my attention was Sky’s situation with her mother and the last one hundred and forty or so pages where Sky and Josh’s relationship really got going.
The last one hundred and forty pages are honestly the best part of the book. Those one hundred and forty pages pulled out all the feels and constantly tugged on my heartstrings. It made me tear up several times and desperately hope for a happy ending for both Sky and Josh, which is extremely rare for me after all the things Josh has done. I usually don’t forgive guys who have done things like has Josh done, but alas, Josh somehow managed to convince me to give him another chance.
“What happened?” she asked.
I could feel Josh beside me, and it felt like he belonged there. “Everything.” (ARC 225)
Another thing I wasn’t too keen on was the very short chapters, if you can even call them chapters, told from Josh’s point of view. I get what Heather Demetrios was trying to do with his chapters, I can’t explain anymore than that without spoiling anything, but I just didn’t like the way Josh’s chapters was written. Josh’s chapters was written in one huge single paragraph, making the text look jumbled and disjointed.
Overall, I would have given I’ll Meet You There a much lower rating that it currently has if it wasn’t for the last one hundred and forty or so pages. I feel really sad that I didn’t overly enjoy a book that everyone else enjoyed and a book that I thought I would definitely enjoy.