- Our protagonist Skylar Evans is from the poor side of Creek View, she fits into the stereotype of "trailer trash." She lives in a trailer with her mother. Skylar wants to leave her hometown, and study at art school - but she cannot exactly afford it at the moment. Josh Mitchell is our male lead in the story, he's a solider from the Marines, he has lost his leg in Afghanistan due to war time, and now he has returned home. Slowly, but surely they develop a friendship - which blossoms into "something deeper."
- I actually picked up this novel, because a fellow book blogger Karan @ From What's it Worth had loved it, and I also noticed the positive reviews on Goodreads. At first sight, I dismissed it because the cover didn't appeal to me as much and I thought it might be a typical novel. I. WAS. COMPLETELY. WRONG. This novel is one of the reasons I still believe good books exist. I'll Meet You there deserves all the hype it has gotten, it's one of the most beautiful and moving novels I have read. It reminded a bit of Me Before You. When I first started reading, it did take me two chapters to get into this novel, I actually thought of DNF'ed it because the first chapter is about a party but then I kept reading just to see if it gets any better .. and IT DID.
- I'll Meet You There does have a cliche concept of the good girl, and bad boy - but let's keep in mind Josh Mitchell is no longer a bad boy. He has changed due to war time, and he no longer has one of his legs. He's actually a reformed bad boy, but not exactly that good either.. He's flawed, but that's the reason I liked his character so much. He's actually the main reason I loved this novel, he made me laugh, and then cry - Where are guys like this in reality ?? I liked Skylar a.k.a Sky as well, she was hilarious, caring, kind, and she has big dreams. I liked that there was a friendship with Sky and Josh, she treated him like a normal person. She even joked with him about his leg. I'm glad it wasn't instant love. Even though, they had their differences, they found comfort with each other. I was rooting for their romance all the way!
- The two, separate perspectives of both characters were great too - you could read about two sides of the same story. I liked the focus of Josh and Sky's lives with their families as well. There's not much focus on Josh's, but the relationship between Sky and her mother was saddening - I did like reading about that, it opens the reader's mind to family conflict. Heather Demetrios sure writes in a way that engages the reader - I couldn't stop reading this book until I had gotten to the very end. This book made me smile, I laughed a long with the characters, and I did cry. If you want to read a contemporary romance, I would quite recommend reading this one. It's an emotional read with such a beautiful concept so get some tissues ready. I haven't read that any books where the male lead has a disability besides two books. I can't say which two books without spoiling it if you haven't read them.
- Overall, THIS NOVEL IS AMAZING. It is an emotional read, but also hilarious - so get some tissues ready. It makes you think about people with disabilities, and also about the soldiers who try to protect their country and fight for it. It's not just about love and romance, it's also about self-discovery and following your dreams. It's realistic, and the romance was swoon worthy. I'll Meet You There is easily one of my newest favorite novels, this is 5 out of 5; I would read it again. This was my first time trying this author's work, and I look forward to more of her books.
Recommended for fans of Me Before You, Puddle Jumping, and Maybe Someday.
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