Friday, September 11, 2015

Review: Until Friday Night

Title:Until Friday Night
Author: Abbi Glines
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 352 pages
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:
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…

 
What would you do if you saw your own father shoot your mom?  How would you deal with the pain and the aftermath of something so horrific?  It’s interesting how human beings handle pain in such different ways.  Some people lash out at those around them, while others choose to just shut down.  In Maggie’s case, she decides to block out the pain by staying silent and refusing to talk anymore.  It’s been two years since her father ruined her life and now she is living with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in Alabama.
            By staying quiet these past few years, Maggie has been able to deal with the grief and pain that resulted after her mother’s murder.  Unfortunately, she’s been quiet for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to talk again.  When she starts classes at her new school, her cousin Brady plays the role of big brother and sticks up for her.  It’s crazy how something as simple as a new person arriving at school causes gossip to spread like wild fire.  I think that’s something many of us can attest to, especially in high school.  News of a new student always seems to draw attention quickly.  It’s no surprise that in Maggie’s case, everyone knows her story before she even walks through the doors at school. 
            It’s hard not to love Maggie and feel for her right from the get go.  She has a sweet disposition and truly is just trying to fit in.  Despite rude people at her new school calling her names such as “mute” and giving her weird looks, she doesn’t give up.  In fact, when she meets some of her cousin’s friends from the football team, she starts to open up with one of them in particular.
            The high school feels really got me in this book.  Maybe it’s because fall is rapidly approaching and I’m excited for sweater weather, football season, and apple picking, but I loved the setting and time frame of this book.  I couldn’t have asked to start reading Until Friday Night at a better time and I even found myself missing my high school years.  Coming from my mouth that says a lot because despite loving high school, I also couldn’t wait for it to end.  The nostalgia and the friendship between West and Maggie really made this book for me. 
            I thought the change in narration between West and Maggie also made the story what it was.  I don’t think their stories alone would have made the book as good as it was, but combined and telling the story from each of their POVs made for a great read.  Initially their pain is how they relate and they use that to get to know one another.  I loved reading about their recovery and how they each used strength from one another to get through hard times.  I thought it was a great reflection of what makes good relationships work.  The contrast in West’s old relationships (with characters such as Raleigh) to the new relationship he has with Maggie, was a good lesson in love.  Teens (or anyone reading YA) would do well by paying close attention to what Abbi Glines writing is saying in this scenario. 
            Even if you’re not in high school or college anymore, reading Until Friday Night will bring you back to your years of school, boys, and Friday night football games.  For those of you who don’t recall your high school years fondly, I think you will still find Abbi Glines book to be a great read.  Under all of the high school drama and school cliques, there’s a beautiful message about young love and grief. Maggie and West’s story is one you won’t want to miss. 



2 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting the blog, Emily! I found you through your comment. I look forward to checking out your reviews. I read quite a bit of YA too, though probably more fantasy and not much contemporary like this novel, but still I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much! :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. no problem! and i love fantasy as well! it's one of my favorite genres! Contemporary is something I've been getting into more recently! I am enjoying it so far though. thanks for checking out my review!

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