Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines came in the mail today and I finished it within a couple of hours. Another book to cross off my September TBR! It wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be, but I am getting ahead of myself.
“To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god. But on the inside he’s grief-stricken – his father is dying and he hasn’t told anyone because he can’t face the truth. Now, as his pain grows unbearable, West finally decides he needs to talk to someone about his dad. So in the dark shadows of a party, he tells the one girl who doesn’t speak everything he can’t tell anyone else. West expected to feel relief, a flood of emotions – but what he didn’t expect was for Maggie Carleton to reply. For her to reveal a pain even deeper than his own. And, for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go.”
Disclaimer: There are a few minor Spoilers, but nothing that would really ruin the story in my opinion. (Also the book includes a bit of swearing, didn’t mind it but thought you should know.)
Sooo, where to start? I have never read any of Glines books before, therefore I have no idea if it’s similar to her other work. However, I am a bit torn about this book. I expected something along the lines of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry but it didn’t really compare emotionally.
West Ashby (whom I only ever call Wes in my head for some weird reason) is an extremely handsome jock with personal problems, which he doesn’t feel like he can talk about with anyone he knows. Enter Maggie. She is a gorgeous, innocent creature and every guy is instantly smitten with her (seriously EVERYONE is hitting on her and someone even said that she’s hot and mute, therefore the perfect woman) but she has even bigger problems than West.
There were a couple of issues I had with the book and a couple of things I liked. Here are my thoughts:
- Everyone is extremely handsome and gorgeous, especially our main protagonists. The entire football team consists of good-looking guys that flirt shamelessly but are good at heart. The rest of the girls at school (and apparently the “average” girl doesn’t exist because they are never mentioned) are all spiteful bitches. Really?
- West and Maggie have a bad case of insta-love going on. I kind of understand their bond on some level, but let’s face it they are all pretty superficial and it started because he thought she was smoking hot.
- I get frustrated when people are obviously meant to be with each other but their thoughts only consist of the following sentences: “He/She will only ever see me as a friend” or “He never looks at me that way.” Why do they need so long until they realise that they belong together? Everyone else already knows …
- There was some emotional trauma and I think it was handled well in the case of West, but not so much with Maggie. She barely dealt with her stuff and her conclusion felt really rushed in the end. Despite what I just said, there were some really emotional scenes, but I just feel like Glines could have dug deeper.
- West is handsome and basically a good guy but if I were Maggie I would have felt a little suffocated.
- I actually would have liked to see more of Nash because he seemed like an interesting character. Maybe that will happen somewhere further along the series. Also, I wanted to know what was going on with Gunner and that girl they ran out of town.
- I really enjoyed the Brady and Maggie dynamic and him stepping up as a sort of big brother for her.
- There were some seriously funny scenes in there and you just know that you read a contemporary novel when there’s a sentence like “I’ll be Instagraming that shit.” in the book.
Fazit: 3/5 stars. A fun and fast read that could’ve gone deeper. I am not sure I will continue reading this series (The Field Party Series) if or when future books come out.
It’s a fairly new release (I think it came out late August), but have you read this book as well? What are your thoughts?