Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

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Title: Until Friday Night
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: Young Adult
Series: The Field Party #1
# of Pages: 336
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: August 25, 2015
Buy: Amazon | Chapters 

 

 

Summary: (Goodreads)

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

Review: 

For the past couple months I’ve been ticking Abbi Glines novels off my “TBR” list. I haven’t been reading a lot of YA novels lately but if it has Abbi Glines on the cover I just can’t seem to resist! Until Friday Night is the story of Maggie and West. Two years ago Maggie’s life was completely altered when her father murdered her mother. Since then she hasn’t spoken to anyone. She is capable of talking, but she knows if she starts speaking she will eventually have to talk about the horrific day she lost her mother and father. West is your stereotypical football playing jock, he’s gorgeous and popular, and can be with just about any girl he wants. But West has been living with a secret, one he can’t bring himself to share because no one in his life would understand. While he knows people care about him he doesn’t want to see the sympathy in their eyes when he tells them that his father is slowly dying of cancer. Maggie sees right through West, and knows there is more going on with him then he is letting anyone know. When Maggie finds out the truth she doesn’t look at him with sympathy but instead with understanding. She eventually begins to speak to West, because he needs it, because he needs her. Maggie becomes the rock that West needs while watching his father die, and it creates an unbreakable bond between them.

I really enjoyed the pace of the relationship between Maggie and West. There was instant attraction but it started out as a friendship that eventually progressed into something more. My favourite thing about this book is the personal journeys that both West and Maggie had. They brought out each other’s strengths and helped each other grow. Maggie helped West cope with the loss of his father and helped him find the strength to be there for his mother. West helped Maggie begin to live her life again.

While I absolutely loved this story I did have a couple issues with it. Firstly, I’m curious if there are any decent girls at Lawton. Every girl we were introduced to seemed absolutely horrible or jealous of the main character. It just didn’t seem realistic to me that the only decent girl there is the heroine of the story. It seemed as though all the other girls were merely just there for the boys to use. The other issue I had was {SPOILER ALERT-skip to next paragraph if you haven’t read it yet} when Maggie decides that her and West need some time apart. I couldn’t have agreed more with her, and while I wanted the two of them together I understood why it was necessary. It was just too short of a time apart in my opinion. I know that Maggie needed to hear that West loved her and she wasn’t just his crutch but on the other side of it I really felt as though he needed to figure out how to cope with things on his own.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I actually couldn’t bring myself to put it down! Abbi Glines has a way of writing that just keeps you hooked from beginning to end. I love the cast of characters she creates when starting a series, you can’t help but want to read more about each of them! (Even Nan from the Rosemary Beach Series!) I can’t wait to see what comes next for this series and hopefully we will see a little more of Maggie and West too!

Rating: 4/5

 

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