Review ~ Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

22522202Title: Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1)

Author: Abbi Glines

Published by: Simon Pulse; August 25, 2015

Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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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…

Review:

There is something about Abbi Glines’ books. They always seem to pull me in, and they may not be the best books ever, but I always seem to enjoy them. Like all of her other books that I’ve read, I had some issues, but overall, I liked this book.

Maggie witnessed her father murder her mother. She told the police what happened and then to protect herself from the trauma of it, she chooses to stop speaking completely. Everyone wants her to talk about what happened and she refuses to speak to them, eventually they stop asking. It probably wasn’t the healthiest way for her to handle that trauma, but people deal with grief differently, and eventually she learns to start speaking again without worrying about the questions.

West is a jock. He is pretty much the typical YA jock. Arrogant, cocky, sure of himself, with all the girls fawning over him.But underneath it all, he has a slightly sweet side. His father is dying of cancer and he is struggling to accept it. He hasn’t told any of his teammates, coaches, teachers, or anyone who could have actually helped him. He has a girlfriend he doesn’t even really like and his world is just sort of spiraling out of control.

Maggie’s cousin Brady, West’s teammate and best friend, is tasked with showing Maggie the ropes and watching over her at school.He is forced to bring her along to the last field party before the new school year starts, but she spends the whole night hiding out by the cars. This is where she first meets West and that first meeting was kind of creepy.

My biggest problem with this book is the relationship between Maggie and West. It was weird and sometimes bordered on creepy, at least in the beginning.They understand each other because they’ve both been through hell, it’s what originally connects them, that’s what makes her comfortable enough to actually speak to him. The problem is that once Maggie starts helping West cope with his father dying, West becomes dependent on Maggie in a very unhealthy way. He serioulsy gets jealous of Brady, her cousin, because he made her laugh.  I appreciated that Maggie was able to actually see that it was an unhealthy relationship and she took a step back. She was smart enough to recognize his obsessive nature, because it reminds her of her father.

The other big problem I have with this book was how this book is a prefect example of, tear every other female character down to build Maggie into the beautiful, understanding, perfect girl. Every other girl in this book is described as good looking, but not a lot to them and they’re only good for one thing. Someone pointed that out as a thing somewhere and since then, I’ve been noticing it a lot more in books. It is very noticeable in this book and it definitely bothered me.

Despite all of that, I did actually like this book. It was interesting and it kept my attention, and I am definitely planning on continuing the series.


Happy Reading!

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