Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines ~ Review & Swoon Thursday

I've finally found time to read this little beauty... now I want more! I loved the characters and the world Abbi has created. I hope we don't have to wait too long!
Title: Until Friday Night
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: The Field Party #1
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: August 25th 2015

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To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god. But on the inside he's grief-stricken - his father is dying and he hasn't told anyone because he can't face the truth.

Now, as his pain grows unbearable, West finally decides he needs to talk to someone about his dad. So in the dark shadows of a party, he tells the one girl who doesn't speak everything he can't tell anyone else. West expected to feel relief, a flood of emotions - but what he didn't expect was for Maggie Carleton to reply. For her to reveal a pain even deeper than his own. And, for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn't ever let her go.

Until Friday Night was a deeper read than what I expected. I love reads that involve sports like football, and expected there to be a lot of flirting and normal jock behaviour. But once you read the blurb, you can see it will be a difficult read; it was more about growing up in a small town and how to deal with loss. It was heartbreaking, but these difficult times brought two people close together.

Maggie doesn’t speak to people, and I wasn’t sure why to begin with, but slowly details come to light and I knew it was due to a graphic and intense situation that anyone would struggle with. Her story was already tugging at my heart, but she could see something in West that no one else could see and she was determined to help him through his sadness.

West was living in his own hell, seeing his father – his idol – slowly die, that gutted me. The tears sprang forth and I was so glad he was able to build a stable friendship with Maggie to help him get through it. He appeared to be confident and arrogant in front of his friends, but inside he was struggling on what to do to help his mother. His relationship with Maggie and the advice she gave him made him a stronger and better person, which I was glad to see.

There were a few secondary characters introduced that I am dying to see more of. Maggie’s cousin and best friend, Brady, is one of them. I could see him struggling with how to deal with Maggie. He would take her to school and everywhere his mother suggested, but Maggie told him that she would be fine on her own. But he showed how protective he was of her numerous times. Brady and West’s close friends from the team, Nash, Gunner, Asa and Ryker were great support too. They stepped up when needed and even had Maggie’s interest at heart.

Abbi Glines blew me away with the emotion she dragged out of me while reading Until Friday Night. West wasn’t nice in the beginning, but I could see the turmoil he was going through. I saw how difficult it was for Maggie to start over at a new school, being different and wanting to do everything on her own so she didn’t burden her cousin. Then the heartbreak of losing someone you love, and how to deal with strong feelings toward your friend. I laughed, swooned and cried, and hoped that both West and Maggie would be able to draw strength from their loss and from each other. I loved seeing the change in both of them; Maggie became a stronger, more confident girl and West was more open about his feelings. If you haven’t tried a book by Abbi before... start here, you won’t regret it!

Complimentary copy provided by Simon & Schuster Australia in exchange for an honest review.

I have two swoons again today (I can't help myself!) One amusing, one sweet!

When I walked out of the locker room, Maggie was standing there waiting on me. Her smile when our eyes locked eased the sadness I’d felt when I walked out and my dad wasn’t there.
“You were amazing. . . . I think. I don’t know much about it. But you look really good in those pants,” she said in a whisper when I got close enough to hold her.
Chuckling, I kissed her forehead, then her nose, and finally her mouth.

Paperback Page 254

I reached up and cupped his face this time. “Before you, I never smiled. I never laughed. I’d forgotten how. I was alone, and I didn’t know any other way. But you saved me. You make me feel appreciated, needed, wanted. You brought me out, and you gave me reasons to laugh again. Just seeing you makes me smile. No one could ever mean to me what you mean to me.”

Paperback Page 262

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Abbi GlinesAbbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

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