Meet Me There
by Judy Corry
Series: Ridgewater High #2
Publication Date March 9,, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Clean Romance
Setting: New York Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
A dark Chemistry lab. A fake British accent. It's all fun and games until somebody falls in love.
Ashlyn and Luke have been at war since last spring. What started as sabotaging each other's recipes in Foods class, has now turned into "boyfriend wanted" ads all over the school and Icy Hot in a jock strap. But could there be more to this war than meets the eye?
For Ashlyn, the pranks are a way to take her mind off the toxic relationship she just got out of. But she wonders if a guy will ever see her as more than someone to joke around with. But a chance meeting with a British guy in a dark Chemistry lab has her thinking that maybe she doesn't need to hide behind the pranks and the fake smiles. Maybe it's time to finally let someone in again.
Luke is trying to escape his present. Since his mom died over the summer, it seems like no one cares about him anymore. His dad is absent, and the few friends who do know about his loss prefer to pretend like nothing happened. So when he runs into Ashlyn in the dark lab he uses his fake British accent to pull off the biggest prank of all time. But Luke soon discovers that when it comes to pranks and love, the joke just might be on him.
Meet Me There is a standalone novel in The Ridgewater High series, a collection of simmering YA contemporary romances. If you like sweet romance with ballad-worthy chemistry, swoony kisses and endearing characters then you'll love Judy Corry's latest book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Don't Forget Me (Ridgewater High), It Was Always You, My Second Chance, My Mistletoe Mix-Up
Things are not always what they appear to be, and people’s actions are not always motivated by the things you think they are. In Meet Me There, Ashlyn learns this lesson in a big way.
Author Judy Corry only has a few published books so far, but I have really loved them all. With so many young adult books being so dark and angsty, her books are such a breath of fresh air. Despite the sometimes serious nature of the themes, she manages to keep them light-hearted and sweet. And her characters are so fun. I love that her high schoolers speak well, don’t swear, don’t drink or do drugs at their parties, aren’t all about sex and are okay with being good kids. (For the most part, of course!)
Ashlyn is so cute. She is just the right blend of confident and insecure. Her love for dance is something that drives much of what she does, and she is playful and creative. Her idea for how to get Luke to loosen up when they get paired together for a project is so fun. All I will say about it is that the cover of the book should have shown her holding a panda head, not flowers. (Judy Corry, that dress she is wearing on the cover is just perfect for that scene!)
I found it so fun that Luke’s nefarious plan as he pretended to be “British Boy” backfired on him. The way they had their innocent meetings at lunch in the dark chemistry lab was just so sweet. Luke was very tender despite being the very talented captain of the football team. He was willing to open up to Ashlyn about his grief over the loss of his mom which just endeared him to me even more.
This story is part of a series but stands alone. The events in it actually take place before those in Don’t Forget Me, so you might even want to read it first. Whatever you do, be sure you read it.