Published by Simon Pulse on August 25th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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…
Abbi Glines is one of my favorite authors and one I can count on to get me out of a reading slump. About a year ago, she announced that she was writing Young Adult and it was going to be about football.
I was probably the most excited person on earth because Abbi + YA + Football = a very happy Tina.
If you’ve read Abbi Glines then you know what to expect when you go to read one of her books. Sometimes, it can be a bit cliche and that was the case for Until Friday Night.
Until Friday Night was a bit darker for Abbi. It dealt with both cancer and murder. I felt like both of these subjects could have been handled better. The cancer portion of the book was handled okay and took up a good porition of the book. I felt like the murder part was just kind of glossed over. I felt like Abbi had the opportunity to really make cancer and the murder a deeper story but it was a missed opportunity.
The main characters for this one was Maggie and West. I felt like I didn’t know that much about either them. We barely got to the surface of them and that kind of made me sad. West was the typical Abbi leading male. He was good looking and also a bit on alpha. Maggie was just someone I could not connect too. I tried to empathize with her but it was just to hard.
I honestly fell in love with the side characters who will have their own books in this series so I’m pretty happy about that.
The Issues I had
I found that I had a few issues with this one that really didn’t make it as enjoyable as I thought it would have been.
Now, I am totally okay with instalove but I felt like this time it was a bit forced. I didn’t really buy into the connection that West and Maggie were selling me.
I didn’t really understand how Maggie and West were able to sneak out all the time without being caught by a parental figure. I lived in a strict household so I wasn’t allowed to ever sneak out so reading about teens who did it all the time and did not get caught just amazed me.
My biggest issue with Until Friday Night was that West was so possessive and so controlling of Maggie. I semi understood why Maggie did not want to speak but what I did not like was that West was so upset when she was finally starting to find her voice. He was also using her as a crutch and was way too over protective for my taste. The only upside to the way he acted was that Maggie stood up for herself.
Will I continue the series?
Absolutely. I don’t think this was the best start of the series but it did leave me wanting to know about the side characters such as Charlie, Nash and Brady.
For me, this book was just okay. I’m hoping book two is better.