Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines

22522202To 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…

4 stars

I thought that the tone of this book was more serious than the other Abbi Glines books that I have read. On that note it was quite refreshing for me, I thought it was a really good change of pace.

The main characters are Maggie and West. Maggie moves to Alabama with her aunt and uncle and her cousin Brady after terrible circumstances. It’s because of those circumstances that she hasn’t talked in two years. West is hiding a secret that his dad is dying from everyone he knows. He meets Maggie and decides to confide in her since she doesn’t speak. She ends up speaking, but only to West. They form a relationship that gave them what they both needed the most, a friend who understood and someone to talk to. It further formed into a romance.

I liked the relationship between the two characters. I just didn’t like the way West treated other girls. He was aware that he used them to ease his hurt and pain but it seems like he never felt bad about it. He only cared about what Maggie thought about him doing it.

I felt like we were watching the characters grow through the progress of the book. Both had so much they were going through. I hope she writes another book with these two characters.

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