Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
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 new Young Adult series that is set in the lovely small town of Lawton. I have to say that all I’ve been reading from Abbi lately (like the last two years) was the I-need-a-fan hotness of the Rosemary Beach series. The Field Party series is completely different and almost refreshing in a way and oh I love how these characters come to life within these pages! West and Maggie’s story is sweet and yet so incredibly emotional. It’s a cute high school romance but all the feelings and heartache make it anything but superficial. Their story moved me.
West looks just fine to everyone else, but he’s falling apart on the inside. He keeps it a secret, knowing no one will understand anyway, but when his father keeps getting more and more sick, the hopelessness building inside West is reaching epic proportions. He doesn’t know what to do anymore and in a desperate attempt to find some relief, he throws out his deepest secret to the girl who he doesn’t expect to talk back.
The horror Maggie went through is not something she will ever move past. Her survival instincts took over and the only way to cope with what happened was for her to stop talking. The sound of her own voice terrified her. Yet when that beautiful and arrogant boy looks her in the eyes and she sees the same pain she feels inside reflected in them, she has a choice to make. Let him survive on his own like she had or step up, gather all the courage she has and help him. Show him that he is not alone.
Both West and Maggie are stronger and braver than they think. Both of them are so good at heart and love fiercely. Their personalities were written with a lot of depth and emotions, making them come to life beautifully. I really loved their story. It was engaging and left my emotions raw. I loved to see them grow through the book and face fears they never thought they could. Abbi did an amazing job at creating a story that will make your heart both ache and swell and I can only recommend reading Until Friday Night. The good news for people who are not into series is that even though this is considered a series, each book contains different characters and can be read as a standalone. And honestly this cover is just stunning.