Series: The Field Party #1
Published by Simon Pulse
Pub Date: August 25th 2015
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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…
So I finally got to read an Abbi Glines book, Until Friday Night, one that sounded PERFECT (I mean, this screams Friday Night Lights, a show I LOVE), and was completely underwhelmed.
I loved the premise and the setting, but the story, characters, and writing is where I found it lacking. The characters felt disingenuous in this setting. Their actions didn’t make sense a lot of times. And I’m not saying characters have to do the right or perfect thing 100% of the time, but their actions have to feel genuine to their issues and surroundings. The writing felt a bit abrupt at times, and while this was not my favorite storyline, it did keep me reading until the end, so I give it points for that.
I’m really sad this book didn’t work for me, but I think others may enjoy it, especially if they’re already fans of this author. Also, I love this cover, which just adds to my sads about not loving it.