Series: The Field Party #1
Published by Simon Pulse on August 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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…
Reasons to Read Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
The lights and the glory…
Growing up in a small town in Texas where football, field parties, and hanging out with friend was the cool thing to do be doing on Friday and Saturday nights, I immediately felt an instant connection to the characters and the fact that “high school football” is larger than life. It was a lot of fun getting to be transported back to a time in my life through the eyes of the characters and the small town high school they attended.
West absolutely broke my heart, just as much as Maggie did. I absolutely fell head over feet for these two characters and the struggles that they faced. The fact that West was an absolute asshole to Maggie in the beginning and then slowly changed once their connection started growing more beyond his control, was brilliantly written. My heart absolutely broke in two as he went through the paces of watching his own personal hero dying before his eyes and knowing there’s absolutely nothing he could do to save him.
Out of all the secondary characters in this book, I think that Brady was my absolute favorite. I loved that he could be such an ass, but then ultimately be such an amazing friend and protective cousin at the same time. The level of depth that Abbi gave to this character, as well as the other’s, was amazing and it really made it easy to connect with them on a certain level of understanding and compassion for all they were going through.
I can’t wait to read the next book and get a real first hand glimpse of Brady’s story.
Both he and Maggie were so perfectly flawed and beautiful together, that it hurt my soul a little bit to see them struggle with their own issues, growing closer, while hitting ultimate highs and lows during their relationship. I absolutely loved the way that Maggie was able to open up and talk a little bit with West, when she wasn’t so comfortable doing so with the rest of her family or any anyone else. These two had so much pain and tragedy in common that when the sweet genuine moments of happiness happened between them, it was a bright point in their story.
It was simply beautiful, in a way that made the book easy to fall in love with and completely hard to put down until you’d finished reading the last page. This book was definitely packed to the gills with so much emotion, heartbreak, tragedy, love, fierce loyalty and protection, and southern charm that it was easy to put yourself in the shoes of the characters or the small town they lived in. It’s one of the best parts of this book, to be honest.
Does it hit you in the feels?
I don’t know about you, but it definitely hit me in the feels. The pain and tragic anguish that both West and Maggie went through was pure hell and there were moments when the ache they were feeling was so real, that it hurt me bone deep to the core. My emotions were definitely ran though the ringer as the connection between these two was put to the test. If you’re looking for a book that will knock the breath out of you, then this is the book that you want to pick up.
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