Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
Series: The Field Party, book #1
Genre: YA, contemporary romance
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…
Now, have to say – right off the bat – I’m bracing for pitchforks but I can pretty much tell you what an Abbi Glines book is going to be about before I even open the cover.
Alpha male acts like pig, wins heart of disadvantaged girl. Meek girl relates to bad boy like no other woman he’s been with (and there’s usually a lot vying for his affections) and they live happily ever after. How am I doing? The heroes’ behaviour frustrates me and all the males seem to be cut from the same cloth. I felt for the heroine but wanted to know what happened much sooner.
I’ll give it to Glines though, she’s able to construct a well-rounded, complete characters with a backstories sure to bring on the feels for some readers. I hate to say it but the only sensation I get from Gline’s writing now is predictability and I think I’ve reached my fill of her books. I’m even at the point that the characters aren’t memorable and they have all merged into one – I couldn’t tell you who belongs to the Rosemary Beach or Seabreeze or Vincent Brothers – to me, they are all the same. I tried to be excited. I’m thankful to Simon and Schuster for giving me the opportunity to review this book. I tried to go ‘yep – this is going to be the book that changes the tide for me and Glines’. Sadly, no. Here’s the double edged sword. There are some readers within her legion of fans who love the formulaic predictability, there are others that it’s starting to wear thin.
To me, I’m part of the latter. I have preferred authors that stick to a certain style (Lillliana Anderson, Alessandra Torre, Sawyer Bennett, Lia Riley) for maybe one of their series but they bust out of that box and leave me with surprises as the story unfolds. Glines’ formula is obviously successful, not doubting that and this is not dissing Glines, to me – this book certainly has the feels. I felt for both the hero and heroine but it they were both Jekyll and Hyde’s. Only their true character is revealed too each other while putting on a front for others. I just hate the slut shaming, the douchetard behaviour of her males and she held my interest just enough to get to the end but like I said, I was reading it with a whole sense of déjà vu.
I was given a copy of this book by Simon and Schuster for my honest opinion.