Title: Until Friday Night
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: The Field Party #1
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary /Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication: August 25th, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
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…
This book had been on my reading list for quite a while now, but I somehow forgot about it. So when Jaike had read it last week, she convinced me to read it too and tada – here I am, reviewing it for you guys.
First of all, the synopsis made me really curious. I really wanted to know more about Maggie, what had happened to her and why she isn’t speaking. So when I started the book and read from Maggie – I totally didn’t imagine her like I did when I read the synopsis. I thought she would be a really, really shy girl and just really insecure, but I learned soon enough that that was never the case and that she just wants to protect herself from the world by not speaking. I totally understood her and I liked her because of that.
In the next chapter, we meet West. West is a typical high school boy – a jock and girls hanging around his neck. The thing about West is, is that he acts like everything is cool, even though his father is sick and will die soon. His friends don’t even know his father is sick and so he tries to hide it. Just like Maggie does, but just in a different way. The thing Abbi did really well here was that other people only saw West from the outside, but we as readers, get to see him from the inside and see that he isn’t a jerk but is a really sweet, loyal, loving guy and that he’s scared of what is going to happen. I loved this. I think it’s beautiful to see the two faces of a character.
So onto West and Maggie’s relationship, which is literally the best I’ve known! First, their chemistry is off the charts and second, of all, they’re actually a perfect fit because they know what they both have been through and they can help each other. But I have to agree, the part where West was too appended of Maggie was kind of unhealthy but other than that their relationship was serious goals.
I really like this book because of the seriousness and the heavy subjects that come to daylight, because life isn’t always rainbows and rays of sunshine. It’s great to see that not all books are about the perfect love couple with their perfect lives, but actually, follow a loving couple who’ve been through hell.
I give Until Friday Night five stars for the well-written characters, for the couples chemistry and the seriousness of the story. So if you want to pick up a contemporary with a sad storyline, this is a perfect fit for you!