Book Reviews

Book Review: Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

Great representation of small towns in the south. However, the characters, storyline, and overall concept was played out and insincere.


Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

26135139In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.


2 stars for finishing!



I’m just going to start by saying what I’ve said in the past, I end up disliking these books, but guess what – I keep going back to them. Do I like the torture or am I just in denial? Who knows, but I found this book painful. Not in a sense for the characters having a painful situation, but just for the story in general. The characters, the storyline, the writing… painful. It was hard to finish, but I am a little stubborn sometimes when it comes to books. I have to finish. I hate leaving things undone.

This book is the second book in The Field Party series by Abbi Glines. I read the first book and it got 3 stars from me so I thought what the heck, I’ll go on with it. I thought the first book was pretty good. I felt the characters and connected with the story. Maggie and West were complex characters and I enjoyed reading about them. Willa, Gunner, and Brady on the other hand, they are just not and I did not. I found their “love triangle” cliche and forced. I didn’t feel any type of chemistry or connection between any of them. Their friendship didn’t really feel genuine either. I won’t ramble on because I think you guys get the gist.

This book has a redeeming quality however. The small town feel. If you grew up in a small town in the south, you understand a lot of what is happening in the book. There are certain aspects that spoke to me as being from a small town. Not only the unpleasant things like the secrets of the rich family, everyone knowing each others’ business, football is everything, but also the sense of loyalty you have toward your town and the people in it. It is unlike anything else you will ever feel. If you are from that small place in the world, someone has your back and you have their back. It’s kind of like a sibling rivalry, you can say the mean things about them, but once an outsider says something, it’s on. Abbi does southern pretty well, I’ll give her that.




Do you guys have thoughts about Abbi’s books?

Was I too harsh? I really try not to be because everyone loves different books.

What is your favorite Abbi Glines book?


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