Christie's Reviews

~ REVIEW: Until Friday Night (A Field Party Book 1) by Abbi Glines ~



A #1 New York Times bestseller and the first novel in a brand-new series—from bestselling author Abbi Glines—about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama.

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…

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christie review 4 stars

I have been a fan of Abbi Glines since I listened to the Vincent Brothers series on audio several years ago. Then, I moved on to the Seabreeze series and then Rosemary Beach, so I was excited she had a new series. While this one was more YA than NA, I still was drawn to the story and the characters.

West appears just about perfect. He’s sexy, he’s talented on the football field, and has girls flocking to him in droves, but on the inside he’s a wreck. He’s losing his father to cancer, and he’s kept it to himself. Maggie is the new girl who has moved to town. She is his best friend’s, Brady’s, cousin. She witnessed an unbelievably devastating and traumatic event that shattered her, and now, she doesn’t talk to anyone. Even though she doesn’t talk, West is drawn to her and confides things to her about himself that no one knows even after he is a jerk to her the first time they meet.  But as time passes, they begin to trust each other and help each other through their pain.

I loved both Maggie and West. They both have suffered unimaginable losses, ones that some people never recover from. I was so glad they had one another, and each of them have such supporting families. It’s a very realistic look at grief and healing that is seen through each of their different POVs. Their chemistry is undeniable, and there is some spice, but it’s also an incredibly sweet romance.  There were some unanswered questions, especially concerning West’s mother, and I’m hoping those will be answered in the next book. If you are looking for a book with depth and a sweet romance, then I highly recommend reading this one.