Captures the essence of a small town Friday night. This book has the spirit of everything southern with real drama to keep you entertained.
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…
I have a love/hate relationship with Abbi. Well, not really hate because I like her books, just maybe a love relationship with her and a hate relationship with Nan. (If you’ve read book 3 in the Rosemary Beach series, you know what I’m talking about) Anyway. I appreciate the books about southern characters, but I feel like the characters are just a bit over the top sometimes. I made it to the 3rd installment in the Rosemary Beach series and then had to put it down. Mostly because Nan sucks. I enjoyed Blaire and Rush for the most part. Back to the current topic at hand, Until Friday Night. I had my eye on this book when it was released, but I am just now getting to read it. It intrigued me because of the small town and football aspect. I’m glad I decided to go ahead and dive in because as it turns out I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.
Watching her eased my mind. Even from afar she was enough to help me breathe. I was becoming dependent on a girl I hardly knew.
He winked. I hated it when he winked at me. Mostly because I loved it when he winked. I hated that I loved it. Because friends did not get birds in their tummies over winks.
Maggie just moved in with her aunt, uncle and cousin a year after her mother died. It is a small town full of people who live for Friday night. She is mute for reasons I cannot even begin to fathom and has a tough time with the people ther at first. I won’t go in to the specifics of her trauma for obvious reasons. Maggie’s cousin, Brady is given the task of showing her around town by his mom. He has a tough time finding out how to help Maggie because she doesn’t speak. Cue, West Ashby. All around big shot, but he has intense grief weighing on his back that no one else sees. Maggie and West quickly find solace in each other.
Pain came to all of us at some time or another. It was how we learned to cope with it that determined our future.
The small town aspect is great. There are not enough of these books in my opinion, especially ones that are done right. This book started out a little over the top on the country feel, but by the end it was smooth. I am from a tiny town in the south that loves their Friday night lights so reading this was sort of nostalgic. It brought me back to those humid nights in the fall.
“You gonna win tonight?” he asked. This was always our thing. “You know it,” I replied just like I always did. “That’s my boy.”
I just now realized it gives away what I thought was a huge spoiler in the synopsis. So, if you want to be surprised about Maggie, I would skip it. I liked Maggie being kind of mysterious and finding out what happened to her as the book moves on. I felt like it was revealed to the reader in a real way.
“Keeping quiet is how I survived.”
Everyone is really mature in this book, except a couple of the girls who confront Maggie. I find when teens are a little too mature it takes away from the believability. However, if they are too childish it almost ruins reading the book because you get so annoyed. I know the teens are not supposed to be this grown up, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I liked that Glines gave them a few weak moments to show their vulnerability without taking the drama to another level. I appreciated that and it made me like this book so much more.
“Boys don’t always make the right decisions. It takes years before they become men and wise up.”
Are any of you from the South?
What do y’all think about Until Friday Night?
Have any of you guys read the Rosemary Beach series?