Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Until Friday Night
(The Field Party #1)
by Abbi Glines
Publication Date:  8/25/2015
Publisher:  Simon Pulse

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…

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My Thoughts:  I've been a fan of Abbi Glines for sometime now and when I heard she was writing another YA book, I couldn't help but reminisce about Beau and Sawyer Vincent.  How I love those boys.  Needless to say, those memories had me chomping at the bit to read Until Friday Night.  While I didn't fall in love with Wes Ashby like I did Beau and Sawyer Vincent, I did end up liking him by the time the story was over.  Maggie is the female lead in this book.  She's been through a horrific tragedy, one that has left her damaged.  When she moves in with her Uncle and his family, she meets Wes Ashby.  Wes is also in a very bad place because of family issues, but not very many people know it.  Maggie is sweet and perceptive, and she sees behind the facade Wes is portraying to the hurting guy underneath.  She grows a lot in this book, coming out of her shell through her need to help Wes in his time of need, and then finally dealing with her own loss.  Her family was pretty dysfunctional all her life, while Wes' family was the opposite.  He experiences his loss in a different way, and Maggie plays a big role in helping him cope.

I have to say that in the beginning Wes was really a jerk and I just didn't like him much at all, especially the way he treated girls.  He did grow on me and redeemed himself before it was all said and done, however.  I liked how he stepped up to the plate and was there for Maggie towards the end of the book.  Of course you have the typical high school drama going on with boys, girls, football players, cheerleaders, and of course the Friday night field parties.  Until Friday Night is a good beginning to a series that I'm looking forward to reading more of, and seeing what Abbi Glines has in store for us next with some of the other characters.




About the Author:
Abbi Glines is a #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.


4 comments:

  1. I adore Abbi, I so need to pick this one up. Great review Ellen!

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  2. I'm a huge fan of Abbi's and can't wait to read this..thanks for sharing your review :)

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