Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines | Book Review

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Reading Group: High School+

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopses: 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…

Cover: The cover of this book shows a group of kids looking out onto a football field.  I assume the two sitting on the roof of the truck are Maggie and West.  I'm not certain who the other are but I'm guessing the boy is Brady.

My Review: What a great book to come back with, you guys.  I loved everything about it!  I read the whole thing during a snow day.  And it's a football book, which seems fitting since the Patriots just won the Super Bowl!  
Everyone wants to be heard, even when they're not speaking.  That's what Maggie was able to offer West when he didn't have anyone else to turn to.  She was there for him whenever he needed a friend and she listened to everything he needed her to hear.  Maggie also opened up to West in ways she didn't open up to anyone else around her.  Their relationship was confusing to everyone on the outside, but they were happy in their private bubble.  Of course, things got dicey for half a second when they did let everyone else in and Maggie started talking to everyone else, but it was quickly resolved when West was able to admit she was more than just a crutch to him.  You have a unique relationship with the people who help you through the tough times in your life.  Sometimes those people can do nothing more than be there to listen to you and help you through it, but some people are worth keeping around after everything settled.  Maggie came into West's life when he needed someone to talk to, but she stayed long after.  This story was great and right after I finished it I handed it to my friend and told her to read it.   

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