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A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction For Young Adults Selection

A Bank Street Best Children's Book

A Goodreads Choice Award Nominee

A Barnes and Noble Best book of 2015

If seventeen-year-old Skyler Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage-months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings them together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

Gritty, romantic, and ultimately hopeful, I'LL MEET YOU THERE explores the complicated lives of an unforgettable cast of characters. This is the story of teens outside the picket fence. It doesn’t soften the edges of adolescence or the individual consequences of war; it’s life on the fringes—maddening, weirdly endearing…and completely screwed up.

Read the first five chapters of I'll Meet You There

Praise

Booklist says:

***Starred Review***

"Part coming-of-age, part romance, and part war story, Demetrios’ latest is remarkable."

Chicago Tribune says:

"By books's end, readers might find themselves weak in the knees, and not just from all those descriptions of the California sun."

Justine Magazine says:

"An unforgettable heart-stealer...This unconventioanl, gritty, and realistic love story takes on complicated issues...And Josh's battle with his wounds (both visible and invisible) will bring tears to your eyes. A powerful read."

RT Book Reviews says:

*4 stars*

"Demetrios' latest will have a huge impact not only on YA fans, but also on booklovers of all ages. Her writing exudes raw feelings...this powerfully real story...will keep your pulse racing till the finish."

Kirkus says:

"Demetrios again focuses on timely issues, interspersing Skylar's account with short chapters in Josh's anguished voice that relive his painful wartime memories...A heady page-flipping romance."

HuffPost Books says:

"I'll Meet You There is going to absolutely wow you with its depth and sass."

"Raw and beautiful...I'll Meet You There is a book to treasure and hold in your heart."

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field. I’ll meet you there.


When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase each other

doesn’t make any sense.


~Rumi