I’ll Meet You There is the best contemporary YA romance I’ve read in a long, long time. In fact, I read it twice in one month because I just couldn’t quit thinking about it. I have a standard list of books I offer my high school romance readers, books guaranteed to please, and this one went straight to the top. If you like Because of Low by Abbie Glines or Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, you are in for a treat with this one!
Sky has big plans to leave her small town behind when her mom loses her job and maybe her mind. Josh did get out, until his leg got blown off in Afghanistan and he found himself back where he started. Drawn together by their jobs at the only motel in their one horse town, they are both looking for what the future holds and trying to let go of ghosts of pasts they cannot change. Sometimes a book just sticks with you, and this one has been on my mind since I finished reading yesterday. I really, really enjoyed this book. These characters felt like they were the real deal and they drew me into their dreams and problems so deeply that I couldn’t put this one down. The plot is not action packed, but it is nicely paced to believably develop a relationship between the characters. It is emotionally engaging, and I cared very much about the outcome, and I really wasn’t sure how it was going to work out until the final chapters. Themes of poverty, working for a future, revamping the plan that failed, and the true nature of war and military service add a lot of depth to this read. It has soul! This is contemporary YA, and the situations were very real, so there is language and sensuality intended for a more mature teen reader. High school and up, but I enjoyed it as an adult.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It is one of my most prized ebooks! Also, the author was nice to me when I sent in my fan/English teacher question on Goodreads. I think listening and speaking to your fan base is awesome, and being nice to your readers does matter.
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