Saturday, March 24, 2018


Title: Under the Lights
Series: The Field Party #2
Author: Abbi Glines
Rating: 

In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

    

3.75 Stars! Under the Lights continues with the lives of the high schoolers of Lawton, Alabama, specifically Willa Ames and Gunner Lawton.

Summary:
After several years and multiple bad decisions Willa Ames has run to Lawton Alabama, the only home she’s ever known. The mistakes she made forever altered her path in life, and all she can do is try to earn forgiveness and trust from the only woman she could ever count on, her Nonna. She can also protect herself from ever making the same mistakes again and keeping others from getting close. She didn’t anticipate the people she left behind, though. When she moved from Lawton, Brady Higgins and Gunner Lawton were her very best friends, and there’s history there. That’s hard to forget when it comes to both boys. Willa had a crush on Brady when they were kids, and Brady’s more than willing to help her rekindle it. But Willa is a different girl than he knew before. Gunner was Willa’s confidant, and he needs her friendship, then later, more. He is in a position to understand her in a way someone else can’t. Secrets never stay hidden, and as they are revealed, these three friends will be hit hard. Who will win Willa’s heart? Is she willing to even give it? Through intense situations and high emotion, these three childhood friends will learn about growing up and the truth about falling in love.

I’m not sure if I can adequately describe all my thoughts and feelings on this book. There is so much that it seems impossible to grasp it all. But I’ll try. Willa was a pretty good heroine for me. She had strength and integrity. I appreciated that she had seen things no girl her age should, and that it marked her. Her struggles to move forward and be a better person made her an easy connection, and someone I liked. I was disappointed in her Nonna’s actions, though. I liked that she had her love and that she provided Willa with a home, always. But it seemed she painted Willa with the same brush as her mother, especially toward the end. That really aggravated me, seeing as she never even asked Willa to explain. I was also aggravated that we never learned who Willa’s father was. Gunner was a surprise to me. I expected an easygoing playboy without a care in the world. We did get that, but I saw through it immediately. Gunner cared a lot deeper than anyone thought he could. His family life was tragically sad. He had no one, not one person to love him or to trust. Knowing what he lived with, the asshole facade he showed the world made more sense. The revelations he learned during this book were a little unbelievable. That’s not to say that it couldn’t happen, but that it was almost OTT. It’s ironic, but One Tree Hill was mentioned in the book, and that is sometimes what it reminded me of; an episode or season of that show. From the beginning I wanted Gunner with Willa. It just made sense. Their connection just seemed deeper than Willa’s with Brady. I’m kind of bummed that we didn’t get to see more of them as a couple though. A love triangle was hinted at, but I personally didn’t see it that way at all and wasn’t worried. Mostly, this seemed to be a rekindling of friendship. Overall, I enjoyed the book. The secrets revealed and initial mystery of Willa’s past kept me reading. We got a bit more of supporting cast in this book. In fact we got Brady’s POV occasionally, and it set up pretty nicely for the next book in the series. I’ve wanted Brady’s story since we met him in boom one, so I was happy to read what I got. Despite the grievances that I’ve mentioned, my biggest aggravation was the ending. It was very abrupt, and didn’t really give us time to get used to the change in circumstances or how our characters would be dealing with them. That said, I am definitely reading on. I really want to know more about Riley, and except for the ending, I really liked this book, drama and all. ♡
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