Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Title: Until Friday Night
Series: The Field Party #1
Author: 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 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…


Until Friday Night (UFN) is the first book I’ve read in a long time by Abbi Glines. I’m really glad I took the chance, and gave this story a chance.

To Lawton High School, West Ashby is one of their golden tickets to the state championships. He’s handsome, popular, and arrogant. Always happy, with a smile, and ready for a good time. But no one knows or realizes that lately, that’s a mask West wears to cover the pain he’s in. Watching his father slowly die of cancer is driving him crazy with anxiety, fear, and helplessness. Just when he thinks he’ll crack under the pressure, there’s a sweet light in the dark; a sense of peace he never thought he’d need or find. It’s been a long time since Maggie Carleton had a home. The thought of home brings memories of her mother and the less than enchanted life they led. Still the memories of her mom are the best she has. But those memories are shadowed by the brutal act that took her from Maggie. To protect herself, she’s taken to silence. Not talking has its benefits. No one asks her questions she doesn’t want to answer, and she doesn’t have to react if she doesn’t want to. It also has its setbacks. She’s become isolated. Living but not engaged. Then she meets West. Someone who uniquely understands what it’s like to lose a parent. Together, they form a connection that’s hard to break. For West, overwhelming emotions are released, and feels some relief. But he never expected the quiet, new girl to respond back. He never expected her to become his everything. But is he the same for her? Are they just two people together when emotions are high? Can they make it work once they’re both healed?

As I said, it’s been a few years since I've read Abbi Glines. I started out with her Vincent Boys series and moved on to her Seabreeze series. I remember liking them, but then they started going bad for me. I’m not entirely sure why. I came across UFN when I was searching for NA sports romance. It being YA, I believe it came up because the characters are just on the cusp of NA. I hesitated to dive in due to it being an Abbi Glines book as well as being YA, but I’m really glad I took a chance on it. The story was heartbreakingly sad, but sweet, too. Maggie was a strong girl. She had been through hell, seen some of the worst of mankind, but she found her way to cope and keep going. I can’t say that she was living; she more just existed, but she was alive and breathing through the pain. Her need for silence was understandable, if not a little frustrating when she couldn’t stand up for herself. I was happy to see her start healing, but I would have liked more of her past to be shown. We only got the basics, and I feel if we had seen a bit more, we could have connected with her even more. When we met West, his hell was just beginning. The pain and sorrow he carried on his shoulders was overwhelming, even just reading it. He was a major jerk when we first met him, but I understood he was using it as a coping mechanism. I loved his intensity, possessiveness, and protectiveness towards Maggie, though. They had a sweet relationship. In each other, they saw what they needed to help them heal. It progressed sweetly, and wasn’t focused on the physical. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and the characters. Supporting cast prepared us for future books, and I’m looking forward to reading them. I do feel like this book is more a HFN than HEA. There were still issues that weren’t addressed enough for me. For example, what about the letter to Maggie from her dad? And West’s mom? These conflicts were introduced, but not resolved. That said, I will read on because I’ve become invested in these characters and their lives. ♡
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