Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review by Marina and Jackie: Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines


 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…

I always enjoy reading an Abbi Glines book!

This book was good! I cried a few times! There were more than a few heartwrenching moments.

I felt very sad for ..Maggie, for what she went through. Then to be teased and bullied at her new school, made me cross at the bullies. Ugh!! 
What I did love was the way she really tried to fit in with her new family and her new friend in West. 
He was a boy that hid his family troubles from anyone who knew him, except when he confides in the new girl. 
Though he is told she is off limits by his friend and Maggie's cousin, she seems to help him cope a bit better and he brings her out of her shell more. Maggie is not afraid to speak to West.
The way they attach themselves to each other for support, get to know each other is nice to see. But then when things go downhill for West, Maggie, her family, his friends and more provide support, even after West keeps such an important part of himself from most of them!
Towards the end I was in tears, when you read this for yourself you will understand.
An enjoyable story that brought out many feels. Thanks Abbi for another good read, I look forward to what comes next from you!!

Paperback ARC received from Simon & Schuster AU.

I was given this book by Simon & Schuster Australia for an honest review.

I'm ashamed to say this is my first Abbi Glines book but it won't be my last.
Until Friday Night is a young adult read that introduces us to West and Maggie.
West is the star football player who is trying to deal with his father dying and Maggie is the new girl in town and is dealing with some horrific events that have happened in her life over the past couple of years.
One night West open's up to the girl who never speaks ....Only this time she answers him ......
I loved how we got to see the connection grow between these two. We watched them help each other through pain and grief whilst going through the usual young adult issues.
This story deals with growing up, love, grief, pain, recovery and closure.

"This wasn't what I intended to happen in the beginning. I had imagined finding a way for me to heal too while I helped him. It was a way for me to find peace. But we had become something more. Something I never imagined".

I did struggle in the beginning  of the book with the football team behaving like manwhores and that did include West, but I put that down to not ever experiencing the high school football, cheerleaders scene as I grew up in the UK. I was so glad I perservered, because once I got into it, I could not put it down.
I look forward to more in this series and I will be looking at other books by Abbi Glines.

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA 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.

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