Genre: Mature YA Contemporary
Publication date: August 25th, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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…
Disclaimer: I might spoil a little tiny bit...
First, I want to say that I'm a huge fan of Abbi Glines. I consider her as one of my favourite authors. Whenever she writes a book, I buy it, but...
I'm kind of tired of her writing nowadays. I feel like the last few books she wrote were the same old story I already read from her.
It started with the last two books published in the Rosemary Beach series. That's when I got bored and annoyed with her writing.
When I heard she was going to start a new series and after I saw the cover of Until Friday Night, I was really excited to read it. I wanted to read this book because I was expecting something different from her. Something that I will love and that will make me forget about the last two books of the Rosemary Beach series.
But this just didn't do any of that.
I'm just even more disappointed.
The first hundred pages weren't too bad. I was actually enjoying the story and it gave me hope that this won't be the same as the other books she wrote, but after those hundred pages, it just went downhill for me.
My first issue is the romance. I just can't help but hate all the cheesiness going on between the two main characters. It was just so unrealistic. I don't remember how many times I rolled my eyes and grimaced in this book, but I did enough to completely hate the two main characters.
Okay... maybe hate is too big of a word. Let's say, they weren't relatable. I wasn't a big fan. I wasn't crazy about West. He was too overprotective and such a jealous freak. I just couldn't love him.
Maggie was fine until she starts getting close with West. I mean come on, she doesn't talk, but because of one hot guy, she starts talking? I mean really? I do NOT ship Maggie and West. At all.
It was sad to read about Maggie's past and West's father, but other than that... this book isn't for me.
ok this is really going to spoil you... so stop reading if you're planning to read this book...
Then, Maggie's nightmare scene happened and got me so pissed. Like, she gets nightmares and when West hugs her and whispers in her ear, she relaxes. I mean, that scene was just so Della and Woods And the fact that West gets pissed and jealous that Brady made Maggie laugh. I mean come on! She's her freaking COUSIN!
I know Maggie kind of broke up with him because of his overprotectiveness, but they obviously ended up being together in the end. I know it was bound to happen, but I still hated it and hoped she wouldn't go back to him.
I feel really bad writing this review because I know Abbi Glines worked really hard to write this book and that she enjoyed and loved every moment she had writing this story. I'm still planning to buy and read her other books because I love her. I'm still willing to give her more chances... I just hope she doesn't write 10 books like this.