Published August 2015
Series: The Field Party #1
Genres: 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…
Maggie Carleton is the new girl in town in Lawton, Alabama. Like any new, beautiful girl, she doesn’t go unnoticed – but there’s more to her than meets the eye: Maggie is mute, or rather refused to speak since she witnessed her mother’s homicide two years ago.
West Nashby is Lawton’s biggest player and can about get into everyone’s panties. But right now, he couldn’t care less about the girls lined up in a queue, as Maggie, his best friend’s cousin and the girl whom he dclared off-limits, just caught his attention, and seems to be the best way to take his mind off his dying father.
What I loved about this book:
- The depth – which is unusual for Abbi Glines
What I felt needed improvement:
- The book was too tame
- The storyline is too flat
- The story wasn’t polished enough towards the end
Until Friday Night is the beginning of a new Abbi Glines series called Field Party. It follows the same old Abbi Glines MO were the writing is concerned (alternating 1st person POVs), but it different from any previous Abbi Glines books for quite a couple of reasons.
The first one being the theme. Previous Abbi Glines books were pretty light and a tad predictable. They held complications, but those complications were never as heavy and deep than the ones in Until Friday Night. It feels like the author wanted to give more mature concerns a try, and no matter how sad the theme of this book was, it was certainly refreshing.
“It had been like she’d seen through me. Seen my thoughts. And she understood. But she also expected more from me. That had been hard to swallow.”
However, what really surprised me in this book (in a bad way…) was how tame the read was. I wonder if Abbi Glines tried to pull a more PG rated, Young Adult genre here, because there was literally no single sex scene in this book. And you know, Abbi Glines is generally quite big on those. I was all the more surprised that Maggie lost her virginity to West in the back of a truck and there was no walkthrough for the reader! How unspectacular! And well, there were no details at all, although it should have been a big deal. Especially since it was a rushed decision, and well, it was Maggie’s first time!
So yeah, that was disappointing. And what was even more disappointing was the fact that although the book was tame overall, there were still far too much details about West getting off with other girls. And he openly admits that he uses the place between a girl’s thighs or getting head as a form of meaningless distraction.
That really made me despise West despite the fact that he was still a good son to his parents. I think he just wasn’t a great role model (if this is really supposed to be a YA read) and his personal circumstances should in no way excuse his jerk behavior towards women. It was actually a shame he ended up with someone as pure as Maggie. Well, at least he’s right in saying he doesn’t deserve her.
I still managed to warm up to West in the end, simply because of the storyline and the fact that the two main characters could so openly share their feelings and break each others walls. As I said previously, this book was quite deep: West deals with the grief related to having one of his parents at a terminal cancer stage, and Maggie is still trying to cope with the murder of her mother, which she witnessed. Maggie basically helped West deal with his own situation, and that gave West the strength to stand by Maggie and get through to her.
“He gave me a reason to love life again. I’d not really lived in two years, and I finally realized now that I missed so much. Not speaking had protected me in many ways, but it had also isolated me. From everyone.”
While there was a really good foundation to the story, the ending wasn’t exactly spectacular and just makes an already tame book even duller. It’s a shame I couldn’t enjoy it as much as previous books from this author, but I will still check back on the next releases in this series, hoping they will be a little more exciting.
|All the feels|