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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Blog Tour: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios




I prefer to take part on blog tours only for books I really love, and I'll Meet You There is a book I love. Love seems like a weak word for how I feel about this book. It's almost like I'm mad at if for being so good and for making me cry and for being so beautiful. It's gutwrenchingly gorgeous. It's messy and perfect. It's swoony and traumatic. IT'S SO FREAKING GOOD I CAN'T STAND IT.

The main character, Skylar, is stuck in a small nowhere town in California's Central Valley, but she's on her way out with a ticket to art school in San Francisco. She keeps sane by making collages and worries about getting permanently stuck in Creek View more than anything, especially when her mother loses her job and can't get out of bed.

The other main character, Josh, is a wounded vet who's just come home from Afghanistan. He keeps it together on the outside, but inside, he's a total disaster. He's messy and traumatized and can't get back in the swing of things, into the swing of his old life, at all.

This is such a visual book, since Sky is an artist herself, that I thought it only appropriate to make I'll Meet You There collages of my own. First up, Sky's collage and quote:




Sky works at a shabby-quirky motel that features very prominently in the book. I also wanted to capture that dusty, open sky,  clear light, wide open field feeling given by all the descriptions of the Central Valley. And also, well, Sky. Duh. Then there's Skylar's trailer and a snippet of one of her collages.

Next up, Josh's quote and collage.



*gets all choked up thinking about Josh's collage* *moves on quickly*

And now... Josh and Sky TOGETHER.




Squeeeeee

Josh and Sky were so MAGIC together. By no means did all of their problems go away, because their problems were both so montrous, but...oh god, the TEARS as they tried to figure it out and made mistakes and recognized the ugliness inside one another and chose to love it anyway. Argggh damn tree branches all up in my eyes!  *blinks furiously*

About the book:

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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.

10 comments:

  1. This is so lovely, Gillian! I'm kinda tearing up right now? "She broke through the mess of me." GAH. What have you done?!

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  2. OH MY GOSH THESE ARE SO PRETTY!!! THAT HOPE ONE! <333

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  3. OH! You completely gutted me with that pic of the solider and the pup. This book is going to make the tears flow isn't it? Yet another book I need to read.

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  4. So pretty! This book looks like a heartbreaker!

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  5. Gillian.... My heart breaks seeing all these collages. These are just bringing on so many emotions that I tried to desperately repress *cries*

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  6. I loved this book so much! Those collages are perfect. I want this on audio so I can listen to it over and over!

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  7. Beautifully done, Gillian! Your collages certainly capture the feel of I'll Meet You There. I loved this book so dang much too, and I think Heather did an incredible job telling her story.

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  8. Wow these are such gorgeous collages! I loved this book I just read and reviewed it too! Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing! <3 Bee @ Bee Reads Books

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  9. These collages are so beautiful. What a creative and unique idea. Great job. This book was so amazing, wasn't it? It was just perfect.

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  10. These are so good! I'm having a lot of feels thanks to the dog photos in particular.

    PUPPY FAAAAACE.

    Testament is that I'd forgotten some things and the collages brought back the memories. Maybe you should do this for all of them and help my poor memory.

    Totally kidding.

    Mostly.

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