Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines | ARC Review

July 22, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 4 Comments

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines | ARC ReviewUntil Friday Night
by Abbi Glines
Series: The Field Party #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: August 25th 2015 by Simon Pulse
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

The first novel in a brand-new series—from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines—about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama.

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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Lately, I’ve been in the mood for reading New Adult Contemporary Romances, sports related. When I saw that Abbi Glines was releasing a sports romance, I requested it without hesitating. What I came to realize while reading this story was that it wasn’t new adult, but it was in fact young adult, which ended up making lots of sense due to some issues in the story that only teens would make, and adults too, but when it comes to books, it turns out it’s teens.

Now, let’s start with the story. Maggie has kept quiet since her father murdered her mother. When she arrives to this new town to stay with her aunt, uncle and cousin, she continues to stay quiet until West Ashby comes into her life. West hasn’t told anyone about what he is dealing with but decides to confide in Maggie, seeing as she doesn’t talk but Maggie surprises him and she starts talking to him. Both of these characters create a bond with one another. What I didn’t like was the very unhealthy connection West had to (yes, it’s “to”, not “with”) Maggie. He knows Maggie is still dealing with her grief but he uses her as his anchor and I really wasn’t okay with this at all. I guess that he never noticed what he was doing to her but it frustrated me, especially when Maggie would continue being his crutch. Later on, we see Maggie taking a stand for herself and I was so happy she realized what was happening.

I was hooked on the story from the start. While this book’s major focus is the romance, it also deals with grief, loss and the importance of family and friends. These factors play a big role in the story and it will have you shed a tear or two (unless you are one of those that cries over anything, then be sure to grab a box of tissues). I personally liked this story a lot because the characters felt so real and to a certain degree, I connected to them and related to them, in certain aspects. I think a lot of people can relate to West and can relate to Maggie. Personally, I related to Maggie. While she is quiet, as in doesn’t speak, sometimes I keep things to myself that no one know and probably will never know and it is my way of keeping quiet. Sure, I talk A LOT but when it comes to certain things, I keep quiet and I’m sure this has happened to a lot of you.

I really recommend this story to everyone, since it will make you feel good but at the same time make you want to cry. The topics that are dealt with should be seen more in YA books and I give kudos to Abbi Glines for incorporating them into a YA story.

About 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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4 responses to “Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines | ARC Review

  1. Hm, this actually sounds quite good! I was under the impression that it was NA too, so thanks for clearing that up (I am not the biggest NA fan, so I might not have picked it up!). And I also wrongly assumed that it was fluffy and all about football? This is why I need to stop assuming stuff. I am so glad that it shows Maggie actually like, acknowledging an unhealthy situation- SUCH a win for a book for teens! Looks like I may be adding this one to the TBR after all. Great review!

  2. Awesome review, Gen! I adore Abbi Glines and am somewhat obsessed with her Rosemary Beach series. (I’m convinced if I drive to the other side of the state where Rosemary Beach is located I will encounter all the characters and will we totally hang out and become best friends. The End.) Is it over-sharing to say that I am practically frothing at the mouth for Until Friday Night? LOL I haven’t read any of her YA since The Vincent Boys duology (and that was borderline NA) so I’m interested to see how she navigates the YA element here.

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  3. I’m so relieved to see you enjoyed this. I saw another not-so-good review of this one, and I was really worried since I’m really excited for it. Books with sports (and bands, for that matter) usually seem to draw me right in, and I was liking the idea of this being a YA read. I’m back to being excited about reading it again – thank you!!

    BTW totally loving The Deal!! I was falling asleep reading it last night at 56% and finally gave up when the Kindle hit me in the face. Hope I can find some time to read more today – I’m loving it so much, and it’s totally addicting!!

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