Monday, February 9, 2015

BLOG TOUR + Q&A + GIVEAWAY: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios


Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes, this is my stop on the I'LL MEET YOU THERE blog tour!

YOU GUYS. THIS BOOK....



I'll Meet You ThereAuthor: Heather Demetrios
Publication: February 3, 2015
By: Henry Holt and Company
NOT ENOUGH STARS IN THE UNIVERSE!


If seventeen-year-old Skylar 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 Skylar and Josh 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.




~ SPECIAL PRE-ORDER GOODIES~

 Details on Heather’s blog!



~ My Thoughts ~

It's difficult to put into words just how much I loved this book, but trust me when I tell you that you need this book in your life. Like yesterday. 

Several of my reviewer friends had already read "I'll Meet You There" and highly encouraged me to do the same RIGHT THIS INSTANT. I hesitated because the excitement and hype made me nervous. I feared I wouldn't love Skye and Josh (and the supporting cast of characters) like everyone else. I was afraid I would be the odd man out and ultimately disappointed. It's happened before.

I.WAS.WRONG.

I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! Nor did I want to.  

Even when I got to the end--which was full of hopeful perfection--I was reluctant to say goodbye to these characters. 

Heather Demetrios' writing is fantastic. Her storytelling so genuine and real, her characters so vivid, I felt like I was on this journey with Skye and Josh. (A faceless secondary character who makes everyone cupcakes.) When they laughed, I laughed. When they hurt, I hurt. When they messed up, I wanted to grab them by the shoulders, shaking sense into them while simultaneously hugging all of their pain away.  

This book broke my heart in the best way before stitching it all back together again.
It's the
kind of story that stays with you long after you close the book.


Read it. 




~ Author Q&A ~

First, I want to thank you for writing such an incredible story, Heather! I didn't want to the book to end but it did so in the most perfect way. 


Thank you! It took a couple tries to make sure the ending hit the right tone. I’m so glad you liked it!



I know they have slightly different tastes in music, but if Josh were going to make a Valentine's Day playlist for Skye, what song would be first on the list? 


Probably Hotel California. That features in the book and would mean something to them on a few different levels. Then he’d follow that up with some Metallica just to piss her off.


Being as creative as she is, I can't imagine Skye would settle for a store-bought card for Josh. My guess is she would make him a collage or something else artsy and personal. If so, what would her Valentine to Josh look like?



Oh, she wouldn’t be caught dead buying a store bought card! When Josh was in Afghanistan, she sent him a collage and he tacked it up near his bed when he wasn’t out on patrol, so she knows he’ll really appreciate it. There’s a point in the novel in which Josh describes heaven as being low seventies with a breeze, so I bet she’d play on that in some really cool way. She wouldn’t make a mishmash collage, it would be a lot of labor intensive cutting and tearing with gorgeous paper. And nothing schmaltzy. Sky’s a classy lady. 


It’s Valentine's weekend and Josh has a special surprise for Sky. It could be a gift, a person, or maybe just himself wrapped in a bow. (JK! We have to keep this PG, I know.) What would he bring her?  



Mmmm wrapped in a bow… ;) Josh is pretty unpredictable, so this is actually a tough one. I think he’d do some research and take her to an art museum somewhere and he’d probably be kinda anxious about it because he has no idea if it’s a totally lame museum or if she’ll like it, since he’s not much of an art guy. If he really wanted to splurge, he’d buy tickets for them to go to the Louvre, as a slight inside joke about a conversation they have in the book, but also because seeing art in Europe is pretty much her biggest dream ever. Plus, you know, Paris. Josh is a single guy with a pretty decent salary and benefits, so he’d have the money. 


Skye and Josh share a sweet treat. Do they choose, brownies, cupcakes or a box of heart-shaped candy? 



Since there aren’t exactly any great bakeries around them, they’d probably pick up a box of candy at Wal-Mart, then argue over who gets the best ones. Josh would pretend to be holding out for Sky’s favorite (coconut filling), but he’d totally cave and let her have it. 

Thanks, Heather!





~ About the Author ~

When she's not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real, which Publisher's Weekly called“[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut” about reality TV stardom. She is the author ofExquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, as well as I’ll Meet You There. Coming from Macmillan in Winter 2015, I’ll Meet You There is a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. Heather is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. She is proud to have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can always find her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and pretty much any social media site you can imagine. - See more at: http://www.heatherdemetrios.com/about#sthash.MWiJpzuQ.dpuf
When she's not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real, which Publisher's Weekly calls “[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut” about reality TV stardom. 

She is the author of EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles and what Kirkus called in its starred review "an intoxicating, richly realized realm of magic, politics, spirituality and history" (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN CYCLE). She is also the author of the upcoming I’ll Meet You There (Winter 2015). I’ll Meet You There is a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. Heather is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. She is proud to have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

Find out more about Heather and her other books:





~ Giveaway ~
One hardcover copy of I'LL MEET YOU THERE. 
US/Canada Only 

 

 

~ Blog Tour Schedule ~

Monday February 2
Forever Young Adult

Tuesday February 3
Andi’s ABCs

Wednesday February 4
Swoony Boys Podcast

Thursday February 5
The Perpetual Page Turner

Friday February 6
FicFare

Monday February 9
Jenuine Cupcakes

Tuesday February 10
Love at First Page

Wednesday February 11
The Reading Nook Reviews

Thursday February 12
Love is not a triangle

Friday February 13
MacTeenBooksBlog

Tuesday February 17
Writer of Wrongs

Wednesday February 18
GReads!

Thursday February 19 
What Sarah Read


 

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