by Abbi Glines
Series: The Field Party #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: August 25th 2015 by Simon Pulse
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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.
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.
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