Goodread blurb =
‘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…’
My Rating =
I read this book some time ago now, so this review won’t be as detailed as normal as I am just going off my notes that I made while reading it and the few things I remember in detail about it. However I wanted to review this book as although I gave it 4 stars I did have a lot of problems with it too. I can’t really tell you what my main problems were with this book, as they are spoilers so you will have to read the book and then come back to this post to be able to find out what they are.
I enjoyed this book – if I am honest there was a few things I didn’t like about this book and some problems that I had with it. However the story, the idea and the message behind the story made me be able to overlook those problems a little bit more than I would be able to normally.
It is focused around a sad topic, which is a farther who has cancer, therefore is quite a sad book. In this book – we see major character development especially in Maggie, as we see her blossom into a completely different person when she is with West from the person she is around everyone else in her life.
I loved how different the evolution of West and Maggie’s relationship was, as they both were dealing with with a lot of pain which they both handled in different ways.
I wish that we got to read the note from Maggie’s farther at the end. I do love cliffhangers – but I feel that by being able to read the letter it would have made given the book more depth and would have pulled on the readers heart strings and emotions. I also wish we had found out why her farther killed her mother, as we never got to find out. The fact that Maggie doesn’t speck is present in the book – however I felt that the reason behind why she didn’t speck wasn’t very present and seemed to be brushed aside and instead we focused more on West and his problems.
I also wish we had found out why West’s mother was being so odd after coming back from staying at her own mothers after the death of West’s farther. This seemed a bit odd to me, as I felt that the author should either add it in and explain why she is acting like that or just don’t add it in if she wasn’t going to explain way the mother as acting that way further down the line. I felt that by adding it in and not explaining why – made it feel irrelevant and disjointed because it left you guessing but not in a good way.
I haven’t read the next book in the series and so maybe we found out some of this in the next book, but I doubt that will be the case as the next book doesn’t follow these same characters it follows the side characters in the book instead.
One thing I did love was how Brady was so anti Maggie at the start of the book – but by the end was so protective of her and wanted to constantly make sure that she was alright.
I thought that West did start to a bit possessive of Maggie – but I love how that was highlighted, and how she told him that she didn’t like it and so he actually realised how possessive he was being and then dealt with that issue.
I knew that West’s farther was going to die – however when he actually does I was still so sad and it made me really feel for West – as you could see the hope he had that his farther was going to survive and so when he doesn’t it absolutely breaks him.
So that’s my thoughts and opinions on Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines, don’t forget to like and comment this post if you have any questions.
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