Title: Until Friday Night
Series: The Field Party #1
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: Mature Young Adult
Heat Level: 1 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
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 is a story of first love. The butterflies in your stomach, the hormones we weren’t in control of, the excitement of the feeling that was larger than life and the angst. Romantic love in it’s most innocent and purest form. Whether your own first love experience ended good or bad, you remember the above things. Because at the time, they were everything.
Abbi Glines brings us a new YA series. I would call it mature YA. There’s sexual content, it’s just not graphic or descriptive. This story is about West, a high school football star, who hides his grief over his terminally ill father behind partying and sex. It’s also about Maggie, a girl who lives with her aunt and uncle after seeing her mother murdered by her father. Maggie doesn’t speak anymore. It’s easier to not talk than talk about what she saw.
You feel the pain of both main characters. How tragic their lives are. What they both will be robbed of and miss out on as they age. While I found it a fast read, the love story built up over a great deal of the book. Like the romance was on a slow simmer. You get all the great parts of an Abbi Glines romance novel, just no graphic sex.
If I am asked if I read YA, I say no. But this series, I’ll make an exception for because it reminded me of a time when you could love blindly, trustingly and innocently, as only a teenager does.