Until Friday Night
The Field Party #1
Author: Abbi Glines
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Released: August 25th 2015
Review Source: Simon Pulse | Edelweiss
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…
Holy cow guys, Until Friday Night was BEAUTIFUL. I won’t lie to you, I was a tad sad when Abbi announced a new YA series. My girl knows how to write those delicious steamy scenes and crazy sexy men and what she writes in The Rosemary Beach series and Sea Breeze series definitely couldn’t be in any YA series. But of course I am a very proud and prominent member of the Abbi Army and I would never let one of her books go unread by me, so when Edelweiss put Until Friday Night up for request I was on that faster than anything. I was definitely kicking myself for that small amount of sadness I had towards Abbi writing a YA series because this book was amazing, I was brought to tears.
So... Until Friday Night follows Maggie and West, two teens who end up meeting in high school after a tragic event brings Maggie to town. Soon they become something more to each other, something they both needed but didn’t know where to look, didn’t know how to accept it once it was there. This book was heartbreaking from the very beginning. Abbi sat there playing with our heartstrings over and over again and it became something utterly beautiful. Though there were times I definitely questioned if I was actually going to like West or not, but I sat there and thought “people deal with pain in different ways how can I judge this fictional characters actions when I don’t know how I would react in that kind of pain.” If you find a way to escape your pain, you really don’t care who it hurts, as long as you’re not hurting any more, or just not hurting for a little bit. So after I had those thoughts flowing through my subconscious, and I got further into the book and everyone’s true self and secrets were exposed my heart hurt for these two, I cried at their happiness and I cried at their suffering. I was there with them, I felt what they were feeling and that’s because Abbi can get me so wrapped up in her books they’re all I can see. And then it’s 4:00 am and I realize my alarm is about to go off in two hours and I know I’m screwed for the day, but it was all worth it.
Basically all I’m telling you to do is read this, and if you were anything like me and had a small amount of reservations about YA coming from Abbi, don’t. It was more, it was beautiful, and it is definitely something you’ll want to pick up. Bring the tissues!
I now have also read Until Friday Night and was moved by it just like Shannon was. I am a huge fan of Abbi since I first cracked open the pages of The Vincent Boys series. This book was amazing and touching and come on it has football. Can't go wrong with that, it is football season and time for Friday Night Lights. Like Shannon said you just have to go grab yourself a copy, we highly recommend it!!!