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…
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Abbi Glines is one of my favorite authors, so, to say that I was like a little kid on Christmas morning anticipating the release of this book is an understatement. I assumed it would be a great read because, Abbi has yet to disappoint, but, I was absolutely blown away by Until Friday Night.
I am not one to get emotionally attached to characters. While I love reading and getting lost in another world for a bit, I don't often find myself physically feeling the emotions that the characters are feeling. But, that's exactly what happened while reading Until Friday Night. I cried, I laughed, I felt triumph and sadness, but, most of all I had hope.
The writing was flawless. The story line was sweet and full of emotion. The characters, even the side characters, were all well-developed and easy to relate to. Maggie, the lead female character, is one of the strongest female lead characters that I've ever read. She's someone I would have wanted to be friends with in high...
I really dislike that fact that I'm a HUGE Abbi Glines fan because it really makes my love for this book seem biased. Until Friday Night was amazing! Maggie and West's story is right up there with Blair and Rush's series for me. If I could say that Fallen Too Far wasn't my favorite Abbie Glines book, then Until Friday Night would be.
The story was gut wrenching and heart warming at the same time. Maggie and West's story I think was one that brings to light the horrible life experiences that young people face.
I'm not going to go into great details about the story because honestly, the summery does a fantastic job of that. What I am going to close this review is saying that The Field Party series has started off phenomenally. The stage has been set and I can't wait to read all about Brady, Nash, Gunner, Ryker and Asa in future books. If it just so happens that Raleigh and Serena get dropped on their heads during a cheer, well, then I just might celebrate. ;)...
Another reviewer commented that they did not find Maggie's muteness believable. See I believed Maggie's muteness was somewhat out of her control at first - as in it was her psychological coping mechanism for a truly traumatic experience. "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson is a very good example of a character who has the same coping mechanism after a horrific abuse. However I fully did not believe that after what Maggie had been through and the characterisation of her own father that she'd so easily speak to West after what little she had seen of him. And I don't buy that she just saw his pain and was so quick to come out of her own. I was really disappointed that the authorportrayed such a psychological breakdown as something that could be resolved by the minute attention of a cocky football player who was overall not a nice guy - and showed signs that he might one day be an abuser much like her own father.
I quit the book after she took him back over a one day...
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