Monday, December 22, 2014
Review: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
I'm not sure how to talk about this book. When I was reading it, there were things that I liked. But there were also those things I didn't like. But now.. thinking about the book makes me angry. Because some things about the romance is making me rage. And I didn't like those parts at all. I might have to share why.
First there is the writing. It isn't the best, as I had some issues with it, but I also didn't hate it, so it wasn't that bad :) The book is told from the point of view of Skylar. I just. I don't know how I felt about her. Sometimes I liked her. But sometimes I really didn't like her at all. She acted a bit dumb sometimes, which bothered me. And the whole family thing. Her not really doing anything about it. How her mother just suddenly changed. I didn't care at all. I thought it was done kind of badly. So I just didn't like those parts. And there were a lot of those family parts. Sigh. Just not for me. Skylar also has two friends; Dylan and Chris. I didn't like either of them. Felt like they were just there. I didn't care for them at all, which is actually kind of depressing. I wanted to love everyone and everything. But that didn't happen. Sigh.
There are also some small point of view chapters from Josh. Whom I liked better. He was in the war and lost his leg. I felt a lot of things for him. But I also hated how he was written. Seriously. He has had sex with all the girls. He does things with all the girls. He drinks all the damn time. Why? It bothered me. I hate characters who drink. Truly hate that in books. Sigh. Didn't see the point of it, nor the point of all the sex he had had. Oh, and that blow job. And touching. What the hell. Made me hate the book a bit.
Most of this book takes place at the motel Paradise, where Skylar and Josh works. I did like reading about it. It was just.. a bit boring. There isn't much happening in this book. And damn. There is a lot of goddamn drama. I hate drama so much. Cannot stand it. Didn't get why they had so much relationship issues. It was all just so silly, and it bothered me. I wouldn't want to live a life like this. Sigh. Skylar and Josh did have a great friendship in the beginning, though, and I enjoyed reading about that. Mostly.
I don't read many books that aren't fantasy. But I wanted to try I'll Meet You There because of some amazing reviews I had read about it. Plus, I did win the gorgeous ARC of it. The cover is pretty stunning. I had so hoped I would love this book. But I didn't. And that makes me so sad. But yeah. It just wasn't a book for me. And I'm hoping I won't spend forever thinking about it, because those bad parts make me so angry. Hmph. But I did enjoy some things. And I am glad I read this book. Well, probably.
There were parts in this book that I enjoyed. I loved when Skylar and Josh were together. They had some sweet moments. But then there was all that drama, and him kind of hooking up with other girls, and goddamn it. I hated those parts so damn much. Well. I understood Josh. He was hurting and in so much pain. But even so. Why the hell did this have to be in the book? I hated it. And I would never live a life like that. Not ever. And because of that, I don't ever want to read about it either. Sigh. Just not for me.
I did like how broken Josh was, though. But I hated that it didn't focus that much on Josh. I wanted to know more about his time in the war. More about all his friends there. Those that died. I wanted to know more about the pain in his missing leg. More about his suffering. But no. Instead all I got was relationship and family drama and a couple who isn't together until the last few pages of the book. Seriously? Ugh. Just, I didn't like those parts at all, which were most of it. Wishing it had been better.
I don't actually want to say that much more about this book. Though I did end up saying more than I was planning on doing. I just wish I had loved this book. But at the same time I'm glad I disliked it, because the things happening in this book would never be okay for me. The things Josh did, no. The things Skylar did, no. I wouldn't care for it at all. Which is why it all makes me so angry. Sigh. But I do think you should all give this book a try. Curious to know how you all feel about it :) Huge thank you to Fierce Reads for this gorgeous won copy of the book. Macmillan is just all kinds of awesome. Thank you. <3