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.
“This well-crafted romance is sure to please fans of contemporary realism, and the witty dialogue may snag a few John Green fans as well.” —BCCB
“Demetrios' latest will have a huge impact not only on YA fans, but also on booklovers of all ages. Her writing exudes raw feelings, and the characters all have strong, distinct personalities....the balance between giggles and tears will keep your pulse racing till the finish.” —RT Book Reviews
“*Part coming-of-age, part romance, and part war story. Demetrios' latest is remarkable.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“Teens who know someone who has returned home from the service disabled, or who long to escape a small town may identify with the novel . . . Add to collections where teen romances are popular.” —School Library Journal
“Demetrios again focuses on timely issues, interpersing Skylar's account with short chapters in Josh's anguished voice that relive his painful wartime memories . . . A heady, page-flipping romance.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Chilling satire . . . Thought-provoking ideas wrapped in an engaging plot.” —Kirkus Reviews on Something Real
“[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut.” —Publishers Weekly on Something Real