“Book Review of I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios”
by Vanditha Krishnan
I just finished writing a review of Something Real, also by Heather Demetrios, and I found it so fascinating that I checked out another one of her contemporaries, I’ll Meet You There. Now this one actually has a cheesy title with an even cheesier cover, but I read it regardless. It was definitely a great decision, and it was MUCH better than its predecessor.
Plot: Skylar Evans has had one main goal throughout her life, and it’s not that easy to accomplish. She wants to get out of her tiny, isolated town of Creek View, California, and begin a new life. Of course, that’s where she runs into problems; some are much worse than others. For one, she reunites with her high school classmate, Josh, who’s had some problems of his own. He returns from the military with one leg but has a much better, disciplined personality. And when high school graduation comes up, her mother suddenly loses her job and begins drinking heavily -- again. Skylar slowly realizes that staying in Creek View is not necessarily a choice. She connects with Josh through struggles and belonging in this heartwarming novel, and both of them begin to build an everlasting friendship.
Characters: Skylar’s pain was tangible in every way; her arduous journey through poverty proved to be relatable to many teens. After her mother's raging alcoholism worsens, we feel nothing but regret and sorrow, and as readers, we want to help her. That’s where Josh comes in. He’s like that second puzzle piece that slides right into the other one. He desperately wants to get out of Creek View as well, but he’s dragged into his family’s tedious business and has too many traumatic memories from the military to count. Dylan and Chris were nice friends, and they truly cared for Skylar and helped her through difficult times.
Thoughts: The book illustrated many distressing conflicts, especially about Skylar’s life growing up poor. I loved the addition of Josh’s terrible experience in the military, and it added insight to how scarring life in the military could be. I’d say that this novel ranks much more superior in the world of great books compared to Demetrios’ other novel, Something Real, mainly because of the characters’ opposite personalities, yet the synchronization of their goals and aspirations. It’s a quick read, but definitely a good one!
My Rating: 9/10