Series: The Field Party (Book 1)
Publication Date: 25th August 2015
Format: ebook / print
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…
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve always found that Abbi Glines books either hit that perfect little place inside me that makes me hurt, cry, scream and fterly wretched, but because of the angst and love that builds I enjoy it, or they fall so flat that I feel nothing but annoyance and boredom.
Until Friday Night thankfully hit that sweet spot and I was instantly drawn in to the story, addicted to the characters, and didn’t want to stop reading.
It’s masochistic but the more a book hurts, the more I seem to love it. Nothing gives me the feels better than bittersweet rage and Abbi Glines has that special ability to make me feel the rage.
Until Friday Night made me feel the rage but it was diluted with a hefty dose of sweet so it wasn’t as bad – or good – as it could’ve been.
The story is set in high school; it’s YA but I’d say mature YA. As per usual Abbi Glines you have the group of guy friends, the bitchy slutty women with zero worth in the eyes of the boys and the sweet pure perfect chick everyone is half in love with.
Tragic pasts and presents unite our 18yo manwhore lead and his pure princess, love heals and conquers all.
You may be reading this thinking I didn’t like the book despite previously stating that I did, but you see it’s complicated. The way women are represented in this book – actually in Abbi Glines books in general - epically pisses me off and I’m a bit tired of the manwhores… But I still read them. I still enjoy. I’m a hypocrite.
If you like Abbi Glines’ writing; read this book. If you have never read an Abbi Glines book but like angsty reads with the virgin and the manwhore then read this book. If you dislike any of the aforementioned, then probably pass.