Thursday, June 23, 2016

Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss

Page Count: 272
Published on: May 31, 2016

Published by: Greenwillow Books
Genre(s): Contemporary, YA, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Military
Source: Paperback--Sent by HarperTeen
Age Rating: PG

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon

Twitter: @brainbliss

My Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

In a single night—graduation night—Thomas has to decide: Do what everyone has always expected of him? Or forge an entirely new path? Bryan Bliss’s absorbing examination of one boy struggling with expectations and realities will appeal to readers of Sara Zarr and Chris Crutcher.

Thomas is supposed to leave for the army in the morning. His father was Army. His brother, Jake, is Army—is a hero, even, with the medals to prove it. Everyone expects Thomas to follow in that fine tradition. But Jake came back from overseas a completely different person, and that has shaken Thomas’s certainty about his own future. And so when his long-estranged friend Mallory suggests one last night of adventure, Thomas takes her up on the distraction. Over the course of this single night, Thomas will lose, find, resolve, doubt, drive, explore, and leap off a bridge. He’ll also face the truth of his brother’s post-traumatic stress disorder and of his own courage. In Bryan Bliss’s deft hands, graduation night becomes a night to find yourself, find each other, find a path, and know that you always have a place—and people—to come back to.


Hey guys!

      I was sent an ARC copy by HarperTeen for review, and I was so so so excited to receive this book. I actually received it in the mail the day I graduated which made that day even cooler. This book had the potential to be really magical and really well done. 

Things I Liked:
  • I really liked the focus on friendship rather than romance. It was a breath of fresh air to have a book that wasn't based on romance.
  • I really liked the focus on the brother, Jake. He was probably my second favorite character. He was really interesting to get to know him as you kept reading.
  • I also really liked Mallory's character. She was really funny and I really wanted to know more about her. 
  • I really liked Bryan Bliss's writing style. The story flowed very nicely and the story was overall fairly entertaining. 
  • I like how the ending was very open-ended. When I first finished the book, I really hated the open-ended-ness. Now that it's been a few days, I've realized that I really like how I can imagine what happens next.

Things I Didn't Like:
  • Thomas was a really cool character too, but I couldn't really connect with him. His constant focus on doing what his parents wanted stopped him from being the best he could be. I really didn't like that at all.
  • The emotions in this book were lacking a coherent connection. I feel like if it had been done better I would have cried...which would have been awesome. 
  • I did not like how the parent trope was used. It's really overused and it got really annoying. The parents were really unrealistic (to me) and I just really did not like that aspect of the book.

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