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.
Meet Me Here is an amazing read that will capture your heart right from the beginning. It deals with some tough issues that teens face everyday. From decisions on where to go to college to deciding on whether or not to get married, to deciding on whether or not to join the army.
In one day Thomas Bennett will go through hell and back. It is graduation night and Thomas is supposed to be partying and saying goodbye to everyone before he goes off to the army. Only Thomas does not want to go to the army because his older brother came back from war and he is messed up so he does not want to go off to war and come back like his brother.
While Thomas is at a graduation party he rekindles his friendship with Mallory. They were best friends when they were younger but Thomas's father put an end to that and on this night Thomas and Mallory will put their hurt aside and have a night to remember. Thomas will learn a very valuable lesson and so will Mallory.
The one thing I did not like was the ending. I needed to know what happened to Thomas, Mallory, and Jake.
About The Author:
Bryan Bliss is the author of No Parking at the End Times. He holds master’s degrees in theology and fiction and – shockingly – found a professional job that allows him to use both of those degrees. His political philosophy degree, however, is still underutilized. His nonfiction has been published in Image Journal, along with various other newspapers, magazines, and blogs. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children, both of whom wish he wrote books about dragons. Or wizards.
You can visit him online at www.bryanbliss.com and on Facebook and Twitter.