Saturday, January 31, 2015

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Skylar is getting out of Creek View.  She's worked hard at her grades and her job and she's won a scholarship.  She's going to college and is going to make herself a new life.  And then her mom loses her job and starts drinking...

Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 3rd, so you can pick it up then.

Josh is back from war, less one leg.  He's having chats with in his head with his dead buddies.  His head is messed up from being in the war (no one goes and comes back the same) and he even thinks of suicide.  It might be best for everyone, including him.

I had a friend who went into the Vietnam war.  They made him a sniper.  When he got out, went through his counseling and came home, he drove the wrong way down the freeway and killed himself, along with some other folks.  This did not make his family happy; it made them feel guilty and terribly sad for all.  Suicide helps no one.

When Sky and Josh work together at the old motel, they find themselves becoming friends.  It could easily turn into more than that.  But Sky wants to go to college and Josh thinks he's damaged goods.  To add to the drama, Sky's mother has taken up with a guy that Sky hates.  It's a good thing she can use a room at the hotel for a haven.  Home has become a battle zone.

While Sky and Josh try to come to terms with their lives and what they want their future to be, there are things said and done that will take time to be forgiven.  

I found this story to be quite truthful about both main characters.  The author must have known a wounded warrior because Josh's reactions and feelings are quite authentic.  Graduating from school can be quite traumatic if you don't know what's coming next.  Both characters had a bit of growing up to do and they got a lot of it done in this story.  Ms. Demetrios certainly draws you in and makes you interested in her characters.  Try it and tell me what you think about it.

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