Title: Until Friday Night
Series: Field Party – Book 1
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Format: EBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audible
Genre: Teens and Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: 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…
Review: I have said it before and I will say it again—I have mad love for Abbi Glines. Her ability to write across multiple genres is impressive. I have liked all of her books, but one of my favorites is The Vincent Boys. This book brings her back into the young adult genre…and with a bang.
The characters in Until Friday Night all have great depth to them.
Maggie, the female MC, is one of the most complex YA characters I’ve read in a long time. Maggie is strong yet fragile, she is kind and unselfish and a smart character to read. She loves with all of her heart.
West is a deeply flawed character, which I appreciate. So often the heroes’ flaws are overlooked or glossed over in favor of a nice set of abs. That is not the case with West. Yes, he is the typical good-looking football jock when the story first begins, but he develops and evolves into someone you, the reader feel for and care for and ultimately root for.
The secondary characters are even developed enough that the reader can relate to them and either love or hate them.
The thing that truly makes this book special is reading how the relationship between West and Maggie evolves and being drawn in to their stories. You can feel the emotions that ebb and flow between Maggie and West and they are realistic enough to be believable and even though I know this is fiction, I want the story to be real enough.
It is evident that Abbi Glines loved this project and put her heart and soul into this story. In this first book alone, she has cared enough to develop the secondary characters so that the reader is now interested in what their story might be, as well.
Favorite Quote: “Before you, I never smiled. I never laughed. I’d forgotten how. I was alone, and I didn’t know any other way. But you saved me. You make me feel appreciated, needed, wanted. You brought me out, and you gave me reasons to laugh again. Just seeing you makes me smile. No one could ever mean to me what you mean to me.” – Maggie
I’m not sure if this is intended to be a Stand-alone or not. The main characters do get a HEA, but, in my opinon, there was one question unanswered. Could be just me. Probably is just me. However, Abbi Glines characters almost always make a reappearance in later books in her series and often have second books. So… J