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Under the Lights (Field Party) Hardcover – August 23, 2016
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Praise for Until Friday Night: “Tender, honest, and achingly real—Until Friday Night captures the intensity of first love, the power of friendship, and the pain of growing up. This book has it all, and I can't wait for the next field party.”
(Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES & author of UNBREAKABLE)
Two years ago, Maggie Carleton witnessed a horrificevent. She saw her father murder her mother. Since that moment, she has notspoken a word. Even when forced to move in with her aunt, uncle, and cousin,she remains silent. West Ashbly is a super hot, popular, football-playing jockthat everyone wants to be friends with or date. No one knows the pain heendures every day having to watch his dad die from cancer. West does not feelcomfortable telling anyone about his father’s illness. However, when he meets agirl who cannot speak, he finally bears his soul. Maggie is just as shocked asWest when she responds, sharing her story with him. Having someone who canunderstand their pain and help them heal is a blessing for both of them. Glinesbelievably shows readers that love, trust, and friendship can result from somuch tragedy. The narrative illustrates that there is more to high school thanthe big game. VERDICT Romance fans will love therelationship between the protagonists and be sucked into the story line of thecircumstances that bring them together. (School Library Journal, on UNTIL FRIDAY NIGHT August 2015)
West Ashby seems to have it all—looks, a football future, and any girl he wants. No one, not even his closest friend Brady, knows that his dad—West’s biggest fan—is dying of cancer. Two years ago, Maggie Carleton saw her father murder her mother, and once she told police what happened, she refused to speak another word. Now Maggie lives with her cousin Brady’s family, and when she meets West, she sees the pain in his eyes that no one else recognizes. The bond between West and Maggie grows, and eventually
Maggie rediscovers her voice to walk West through his father’s final days. Aided by chapters that alternate between West’s and Maggie’s perspectives, what could be a typical romance—both are drop-dead gorgeous and could have anyone they want—is raised to a new level by Maggie’s self-imposed silence and the grief they are both experiencing. Glines’ novel will be welcomed by fans of Lurlene McDaniel who want something with more depth. (Booklist Online, on UNTIL FRIDAY NIGHT August 31, 2015)
About the Author
Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.
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Despite all of this I am still looking forward to the third book in this series.
I loved Willa so much, it is amazing how you can identity yourself with a person, not all but most of the time.
Gunner owns my heart, I always take the corner of the bad boy with a heart of gold.
The past can mark you, your body, your soul and everything that you are, but can never define your future, you own that.
This book is about taking your mistakes, being the protagonist of your life and take your future in your hands. To love, to forgive and to feel.
This books made me cry and cry... made me so happy reading this author words. I can’t wait to see Brady’s life.
When I read the synopsis for Under the Lights, I was a little confused. I didn't expect a love triangle for Brady. I was worried about how this romance would go down. Love triangles aren't usually my favorite thing to read. They're normally angsty and uncomfortable. Luckily, that wasn't the case with Under the Lights. I could easily pick out who Willa should be with. I never felt uncomfortable with where the story was going, even when the characters thoughts were uncomfortable. Kudos to Glines for that! She did an amazing job writing these characters and their feelings.
Brady was exactly who I expected him to be after meeting him in Until Friday Night. He was the sweet, dependable guy everyone feels comfortable around. Brady always tried to do what was in everyone's best interests, even when it went against what he truly wanted. He was a stand up guy. I do have to admit that reading his point of view annoyed me at times, though. I wanted to yell at him and tell him to stop making life easier for everyone else and be true to himself.
Gunner surprised me. There was more to this blunt football player than I originally thought. (Isn't that always the case?) Gunner was your typical teen with atypical problems. He may have been a little crass, but he was still a decent person -- especially when it came to Willa.
Willa was my favorite of the three characters. She had more inner strength than she gave herself credit for. Life hadn't always been kind to her and she learned some tough lessons, but she still soldiered on trying to be her best. I liked the way she handled both Brady and Gunner admitting their feelings to her.
To be completely honest, I would have enjoyed this story even more without the love triangle. The odd man out's point of view felt like added material I could have done without. Not that I didn't enjoy the story. I did. The Brady-Willa-Gunner dynamic made sense based on their friendship and I liked the way they dealt with it. I just would have preferred more focus on Willa and her beau.
Overall, Under the Lights was a really fun addition to The Field Party series. I'm really looking forward to After the Game, the next book in the series. I wish I didn't have to wait until sometime in 2017 for it!