Thursday, February 19, 2015

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios ♥

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I'll Meet You There
Heather Demetrios


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  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.(February 3, 2015)
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Source: Personal Purchase

  • Synopsis: "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."


  •  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. 

Shukran for reading this! Leave your blog links in the comments & I'll be sure to check them out & drop by to say hello  :) Stay in tuned pretty creatures.. 

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” —Nora Ephron 
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60 comments:

  1. Hmm... I previously had no intention of reading this book because like you I saw the cover and thought it would probably be clichéd. But I have seen SO many positive reviews, yours included! So maybe it is time for me to pick this one up and add it to the TBR. I have heard so many great things about Josh as a character as well :3

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    1. Yes, I skimmed over the cover as well - I guess that's why they say never judge a book by it's cover! ♥ This was a fantastic read, I didn't expect to like it so much. Hope you try it out for yourself :)

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  2. Are the bloggers Christy and Erica from Novel Ink? Because I totally got the recommendation to read this book from them and they loved it! Your reviews are always so amazing and detailed. They really convince me to just pick up the book. Sometimes when I'm wondering if a book is good to read, I will go on ur review archive and look to see if you have the review. LOL I'm so weird but thanks for all the wonderful recommendations :D

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

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    1. it's actually Karen from FwiwReviews :) & ♥ aww no that's not weird at all, your comment is the sweetest thing ever! *squeals* I'm so happy you come on my blog to check out books, made my night actually haha :) Hope you like this one, Enjoy x

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  3. I am totally dismissing it because of the cover too, but I am hearing amazing things about it everywhere! So happy you loved is that much.

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    1. The cover is quite plain, but it's a beautiful book ♥

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  4. Sounds great, got good ratings

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
    ♥♥♥

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  5. Wow, everyone is raving about this, and I am glad to hear you thought it stood up to the hype. I love books that move you and make you want to share it with everyone.

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    1. Thank you Kim ♥ It is an amazing book, hope you check it out for yourself soon :)

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  6. OMG, I love Sky and Josh so much! They are the best. And their slow burn romance? Delicious. I am still high on this book even though I finsihed it two weeks ago.
    And I am so glad you did not give up at the begining and ended up loving this! Lovely review, Benish :)

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    1. Aww, yes one of my new favorite fictional couples! ♥ Thank you Lucia, I'm glad you enjoyed it as well :)

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  7. I hadn't heard of this book until now. It sounds like something I would like though. I will definitely have to keep this book in mind for the book club Tracy and I started. I think they all would like it based on your review.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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    1. Thank you Jessica, I'm happy you look forward to my reviews for your book club :) ♥

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  8. Heard SO much about this one so yay that you loved it too. It'll probably make me cry (only round 3 books have done that to me). Glad you managed to say what you wanted to say about it, especially with ones that you love (I always seem to tend to babble on about anything but the book because I can't get my feelings about it down, haha.) :) I'm reading it next, so excited! :D

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    1. Hope you enjoy this one Kristy! ♥ I really liked it, waiting for your thoughts on it soon :)

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  9. I am one of those who wasn't overly impressed with this one. Sure it was well written and I liked the characters, but it felf like every other NA book I have read. I am so wanting originality with NA and YA Contemp.

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    1. Aw.. That's disappointing it didn't work out for you. I Was Here was pretty original :)

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  10. I AM DYING TO READ THIS BOOK!!!.
    I felt the same as you, I dismissed it because of the cover but then after reading the summary I was curious.
    I'm so so glad that it was a good book, it seems to have a lot of different aspects to book as apposed to your usal romance.

    Great review hun, also your layout is bloody gorgeous and the way you lay out your review is so pretty and eye catching.

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    1. Aw thank you so much Stacie for all the kind comments & compliments ! ♥ The plot overall was quite different, and I enjoyed it thoroughly x

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  12. Sky and Josh were two outstanding characters too me. I'll Meet You There touched me deeply in so many ways and i'm loving all the positive reviews that are coming out for this one. Lovely review!
    Lily @Lilysbookblog

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    1. Aw yes, this book deserves all the lovely reviews it's getting, thank you ♥

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  13. I'm ashamed to say that because the cover didn't catch my eye I didn't even consider reading this but based on your review it sounds super-awesome! I love romance novels that aren't complete clichés and are more deep than the usual ones.
    Awesome review!

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    1. I agree, I dismissed it right away after seeing the cover - I did look into after seeing how many people enjoyed it, it is a lovely book though ♥ Thank you x

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  14. I got a gift card for my birthday and this is definitely the book I am going to get!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. YAY<3 Hope you enjoy it as much as I have ♥

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  15. Oh my goodness, I agree! I almost didn't read it either! I got one of those Netgalley "Read Now" emails, and I almost did not click it. I was like "meh, another romance book, pass". But then at the last minute, I decided to, and oh my goodness, I am right there with you- this book is a favorite! So glad you loved it too, wonderful review :)

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    1. Haha yes, I think that cover makes almost everyone run away from this book .. It could have used a better cover though, otherwise the book is fantastic ♥ thank you x

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  16. Oooh, this looks different and good and like an awesome read! It has some pretty great ratings and reviews on Goodreads. hmmm, the hype is slowly getting to me. XD Fantastic review!!

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    1. Thank you Lola ♥ It was a lovely book, I really enjoyed reading it :)

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  17. wow, I was interested in this book but now i really want to read it, I will add it to my TBR, Lovely Review

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  18. I've been hearing the same things about this one and how freaking fantastic it is. I need this one in my life ASAP! If only I got off my book buying ban sooner ;___;

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    1. Aaah .. this one is one of the sweetest releases this year, you have to check it out soon <3

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  19. I love the depth in this one so much, and the fact that it features a retired soldier who is disabled. He definitely sounds like a really sweet love interest! Fantastic review Benish, I'll have to track this down.

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    1. Thank you Jeann! ♥ I hope you enjoy it as much I have, waiting to hear your thoughts on it :)

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  20. I just one a signed copy of this book, my co-blogger currently has it so I'm itching to read it now. This one had a big hype in the blogging community it seems so I defiantly want to read it soon. Great review! (I might have to go steal this from my coblogger so I can read it now! ;D )

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    1. Haha aww good luck reading this one ♥ I quite liked it, thank you.

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  21. The premise of this book really draws me in! I love the sound of the main character, she intrigues me. I also want to pick it up because of the other character Josh, because of being a Marine. My husband's a Marine. So I do have personal experience with soldiers who have been to Afghanistan. So I enjoy reading books that deal with that aspect from time to time. I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much! I definitely am going to read it when I can!

    Lovely review!

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    1. Both of the characters were fantastic, I hope you enjoy reading this lovely book. I would really recommend it :) ♥ Waiting to hear your thoughts on it soon x

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  22. I bought this one when I found out that I could get a love letter from Josh signed by the author - too much fun!! I can't wait to read the book so that I can read the letter now! I don't think I've seen a single reviewer who hasn't loved it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I loved the character Josh!<3 His character was so sweet & broken .. It just made me want to cry, I hope you liked it as well :) ♥

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  23. This book is so freaking cute!! I love Sky and Josh's characters. They had such depth. The messages from this book were inspiring and amazing. The writing was beautiful, and oh I loved that quirky hotel. PERFECTION. Lovely review <33

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    1. I agree, it has one the sweetest love stories, thank you Rachel! Happy to hear you enjoyed it as well ♥

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  24. I've heard so many good things about this book! I'm currently not feeling the contemporary reads at the moment but I definitely have it on my TBR list for when that time comes. I love a reformed bad boy, it'd be so interesting to see how he got there. And yay for no instalove! Glad you loved the book Benish xx

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    1. Thank you Joy ♥ I really liked this one, it's a different kind of read.

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  25. Wonderful review! You've added to all the great things I am hearing about this book, I'm glad it lived up to the hype for you! :)

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  26. I'm so happy you loved it!

    I think she takes a story that has been told before (trailer park girl, reformed bad boy) but infuses it with such authenticity.

    I also loved how both Sky and Josh are more than just their romance. A really layered story…It gives me hope too.

    Do you read Sarina Bowen's The Ivy Years NA novels? She deals a lot with disabilities/diversity in a non cliche way.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. YES, so true<3 She turns something that's been used before into someone amazing, I haven't read all the books of The Ivy Years, but I will check it out now since I trust your recommendations ♥ I've read Blonde Date which was the novella.

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  27. I love it when a book can pull at all you emotions... happiness, sadness, all of them! And a reformed bad boy... yes please!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Josh is everything in this novel <3 ♥

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  28. I only skimmed your review because this is one that I dying to read. DYING. I've looked at the ratings and nothing more. I barely skimmed the synopsis because that's how I roll sometimes. *shrugs* I'm a little weird like that. :) Anyway, I know you loved this one and as soon as I read it, I will circle back so we can discuss. *wink*

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    1. Haha good luck with this one, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have ♥ Waiting to hear your thoughts on this one :)

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  29. Hiiii, I'm a new subscriber! :3

    I skimmed the review cause I just got this in the mail and I'm so psyched to read it and I want it to be a surprise :3 However I have read the plot and know about his situation and this strange motel where it all takes place and I also know this book is gonna make me cry and bawl like a baby, so... yeah. I cannot wait! *-*

    Ps. If you'd like to, stop by my blog and say hi <3

    Frannie @ In clouds of pages
    http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Frannie, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have :) & of course, I'll be stopping by your blog soon x

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  30. I really like forwarding to your reviews, I love how you breakdown every single aspect of the novels - great review!

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