Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Katie has a book for those who like to be a little broken hearted over their spring break:

 I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
I have this thing for contemporary romances set in small towns. It’s may not be the genre with the most succinct name (truth be told, it may not even be a genre at all), but sometimes it’s exactly the genre to bust a girl out of winter reading slump.

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios is one of the best small town contemporary romances in YA lit that I’ve come across in some time. Set in the middle-of-nowhere California, the summer after graduation, Skylar Evans just has to get through the next three months and she can put small town life behind her. She even has a pact with her best friend: Avoid romantic entanglements and get out.

Then Josh Mitchell comes back from Afghanistan and her mom loses her job and events are set into motion that may not just change the summer but may destroy the pact entirely. How can Skylar leave behind a mom who can’t support herself? And while she’s at it, how can she find herself so drawn to Josh Mitchell--THE Josh Mitchell--with whom she never had all that much in common?

Meanwhile, we get small glimpses into Josh’s mind and it’s impossible not to wonder Josh can deal with any of it--coming home, leaving his comrades behind, learning to live without a leg, dealing with so much loss?

This is not the sort of small town where everyone lives in cute Cape Cod houses and the ocean is on their doorstep. Nor should this be mistaken for a lighthearted summer romance. There is no sugar coating here. Creek View is harsh and poor and filled with complex, fascinating characters, just trying to find their way and their place in the world. This book will break your heart and put it back together again. You should let it.

More to read:

Top 5: A Memorial Day Special

Trish Doller Week: Something Like Normal

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Up and Coming: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry




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