Jan 26, 2015

I'll Meet You There by @HDemetrios {Review & Giveaway}

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Release Date: February 3, 3015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 400 pages
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 am so glad I gave this book a chance. I know I repeat myself often but I rarely like YA contemp. It's not gritty enough for me but I'm starting to see that it's not the case anymore. I've come across more and more YA contemps that appeal to me. Not saying a lot, just more. This is one of them. It's a love story, which I am on board with, duh, but it's also not filled with butterflies and rainbows. It's darker, it's emotional and the entire book is one big struggle. It's what I like to read. There's no fluff but instead there's real issues with some dark backgrounds.

I wanted to give this book 5 stars so badly. And this may be me being a bit too harsh on this book but there is one reason I couldn't give it a perfect rating. Do you want to know why this is? It didn't make me cry. Sure, I teared up a few times but I was expecting and waiting for that moment (or moments, really) that would just gut me and make me loose my shit. It never came. Emotionally, this book drained me (in the best way possible, trust me) but the tears never came. I wanted to cry; I know, weird, right? But I wanted it and I never got it and it makes me so sad. It makes me want to cry for not being able to cry which is weirder to begin with.

I will say, if there is one contemporary book you should read this year, it's this one. I don't even care that it's the beginning of 2015, this is one you need to read. Also, this is coming from someone whose obsessed with fantasy and tends to cringe when contemporary is mentioned. That should show you how series I am about reading this book. I've already preordered it because I need it in hardcover. I also saw American Sniper after reading I'll Meet You There and some of Chris Kyle's reactions when he's home from war reminds me entirely of scenes with Josh from the book. So many things just brought this book more to life with seeing this movie - I don't know if it's just me.

I'm not sure which character killed me the most but both Sky and Josh were equally intriguing and difficult and down right hard to read at times. Josh, whose recently come back from the military but certainly not the same guy who left to go to war. Sure, he's still there but then you add everything he went through during his tour and it's just a mess (rightfully so). Then there's Sky, whose about to be one of the few who get out of this small town but her family life is anything but solid. Her father is dead and her mother is on the verge of another breakdown - it's enough to have her questioning whether she should put off school and stay back. Which is the last thing she needs.

There is not one negative thing about the book (me not crying is a personal thing, which is sad, but nothing against the book). It was everything I was hoping it to be and then some. Then so much more, really. The supporting characters are fantastic; their stories are unique in itself and not like anything you really read about in other YA books. Unless, of course, they're those contemps I stay away from. I can't even go in to detail about this book without wanting to talk about EVERYTHING so I'm opting for a vague review so I don't risk the urge.

All you need to know is this is a book you need to read. If it's not now, please put it on your list to read some time this year or as soon as you can. What I wouldn't give for more from these characters - alas, why I also steer away from standalone's. One book with characters I love is never enough for satisfy me.

Thank you so much to Macmillan for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Because I loved this book so much and because I am getting myself a finished copy of this book, I want to give one lucky US winner the chance to read this book, as well. I am giving one lucky reader the chance to win the ARC of I'll Meet You There. The only downside about this is I won't have the book until March (unless I see my friend earlier) - it's currently on loan & in her possession. If you are alright with waiting until March (the end of March, at that) to receive this book then this is the contest for you. The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on February 1, 2015. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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  1. I've seen so much about this book that it makes me want to pick it up pretty badly! I like contemporary stories a lot, and I'm seriously wondering if I would cry if I read it XD Sometimes I'm a softie, sometimes not lol. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy! :D

    Rosie xx

  2. I loved her book Exquisite Captive, and I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  3. I actually regret not accepting a review copy of this one when I had the chance. I loved Demetrios's Exquisite Captive, but when I saw this one, I told myself, you won't like it, Alyssa, it's contemporary! But one of my fellow non-contemporary-loving friends LOVED it, and basically everyone else loved it, and I'm really curious now! All these wonderful, positive reviews! You keeping this review fairly vague interests me more, especially when it comes to Sky and Josh. Soooo... I'll definitely give this one a shot :D

    I'm totally entering this giveaway! Thank you! And for the wonderful review as well!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  4. If you don't win, it's definitely worth buying. I've already preordered my copy and I can't wait. I'm pushing this book on all my friends, which I rarely do but I feel like it's one everyone should read! Good luck and regardless if you win, I hope you'll enjoy the story! :)

  5. I haven't read that book yet - I have it so I hope to get to it soon, especially since I loved this one so much!

    Good luck! :)

  6. I KNOW! I was iffy about this one but I decided to request it and hopefully give it a shot. I'm not big on YA contemporary but everyone I know was raving about it so I pushed it up my TBR pile and dammit, I'm so glad I did.

    If you don't win, let me know if you wanna borrow my book. I'll have the hardcover before I get my ARC back, anyway lol!

  7. Great review! I'm so looking forward to this one! Everyone seems to love it. Glad I discovered your site today!

  8. Great review! I'm so looking forward to read this book!! *-*

    Ps. I have a blog as well, if you want to stop by I'd appreciate it so much! It's both in Italian and in English :3 -> http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.com/

  9. Yes, it's fantastic and one I recommend everyone to read!

    Thank you :)


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