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I love to read just about anything, as long as it's fiction. I read for me - that means I read what I want, when I want. My reviews tend to mostly be based on how I'm able to personally connect with the story/characters. They are not intended to influence someone to read, or not read, a particular book. I always encourage people to take a chance and make up your own mind.

 

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I'll Meet You There

I'll Meet You There - Heather Demetrios

There are a lot of things I really liked about I'll Meet You There. I love a good story about two people who fall in love but have a lot to overcome to be together. Josh and Skylar (Sky) certainly had a lot to overcome. 

 

I don't know a lot about PTSD, but I feel this book did a good job of making me more aware of what it feels like to be trapped in that mindset. My heart really went out to Josh and those he loved. It was clear they were all trying to figure out how to function in their new post-war reality. 

 

I also related to the struggle Sky had with wanting to get out of her podunk town. She felt trapped and it seemed that at every turn there was something trying to keep her from following her dreams.

I do like how Sky was eventually called out by her BFF on how she talked about Creek View and how she was basically constantly telling her friend she wasn't good enough in an indirect way. However, I wish Sky would have had a bit more growth in that area. She apologized, but only in a way to tell her BFF that she wasn't included in her disdain. She also did start to see Creek View differently while doing her art, but again I would have liked to have seen more growth in this area. It wouldn't have been too much of a departure from the plot since that was Sky's main conflict - would she get out of Creek View.

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I do wish Josh hadn't been the guy who slept with most of the girls in town, except Sky who was one of the very few virgins. I mean, this plot angle has been done so many times and it's time for something more original to step in. I also didn't like how Josh talked to/about many of the people in the town -- 'slut', 'fag', etc. There's no evolution in Josh for why he shouldn't say these things, he just stops at some point because Sky tells him it's not cool....

 

Bottom like - there were some nuggets of gold in this book, but I had to filter through the cheap costume jewelry to find them.