Oct 6, 2017

REVIEW | Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1) by Abbi Glines

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 het 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 Carlton'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, could draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured hear hidden away. As West's pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to take 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 of the to form a connection so strong that he couldn't ever let her go...

I read Until Friday Night back when it came out in 2015, however I didn't review if for one reason or another, so I reread it this Fall and here is the long awaited review!

No secret that I have a Woman Crush on Abbi Glines! She is a beautiful person, inside and out and her writing is beyond amazing. I had never read one of her young adult books and this just happened to be my first. 
Of course there was concern since I wasn't sure if this book would live up to my favorite, Rosemary Beach Series, but it stood out on it's own merits. The characters are still relatable and the storyline is very much as well. Even though there is a theme with Abbi's book of the heroine who is beautiful and good even if she doesn't see it, with the hero being a bad boy and this one girl can change their world. A lot of people don't like that aspect of this book, but I adore it. To me, it's all part of the Happily Ever After aspect.
I couldn't imagine West was going through or how Maggie was still someone functioning after what she saw. I couldn't imagine either scenarios for myself and still be sane! The thing with these two characters, is that they balance each other. They both give and take regardless of them being aware of it or not. They are the only person who can be what the other needs to be for each other.
I would recommend this to any young adult or adult reader. There is so many life lessons that we all go or have gone through and are able to relate to the characters in this book. In fact, I picked a copy up for two of my nieces and told them that they needed read this!!

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence 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 addictions), 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. You can conect with Abbi online in several different' ways. She uses social media to procrastinate. 


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