Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Under The Lights by Abbi Glines | Book Review

Reading Group: High School+ 

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopses: In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—three teens from a small southern town are caught 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.

Cover: This cover is very similar to that of Until Friday Night to show that the two are apart of a series.  However on this cover the five characters (Willa, Brady, Gunner, West, and Maggie) are standing on the football field under the lights.

My Review: Have you ever heard some gossip about a family in your town and think, Really?  Them? But they always seemed to have everything so together?  And then on the other hand there are some families that you hear something about and maybe you never saw it coming, but you weren't exactly surprised either.  This book has both of that.  Every family in the world is dysfunctional to some severity.  Willa was the daughter of a teenage mother who never learned how to care for her.  Gunner on the other hand was born into a rich family full of secrets.  Honestly, at one point I thought I was going to have to right everything down on a separate piece of paper in order to keep track of every messed up thing.  Even if Willa didn't live on Gunner's property the two of them needed each other in a way that makes me believe that some how or another they would have found each other.  Gunner was Willa's best friend when they were little, but back then she was distracted by Brady.  During the time the story takes place they're older and Willa is able to see that Gunner was always the one she ran to when she needed someone to talk to, someone to care for her.  (I'm currently watching "Baby Daddy" on Netflix and this book very much reminds me of the Riley, Ben, and Danny trio)  While Willa and Gunner are trying to figure out how to be happy within their families, they also try to  figure out if they can be happy together.  But is a good idea for two unloved people to try to love someone else? 

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