Title: Until Friday Night
Author: Abbi Glines
Published: August 2015
Summary: Two years after Maggie witnessed her father murder her mother, she is sent to live with her Aunt, Uncle, and cousin in a small southern, football-crazed town. Being the new kid is hard enough, but adding that Maggie hasn’t spoken for two years makes it even tougher. Her cousin Brady is the star quarterback and is tasked with introducing her around town, but he has made it clear to his friends that she is off-limits to them. West is one of Brady’s friends and teammate who is the golden boy of the school. Everything seems perfect for West, but no one knows that at home his dad is dying. Maggie and West gravitate towards each other after bonding over mutual tragedy.
My Thoughts: I read this book really quickly, partly because there weren’t very many pages and the font was big, and partly because it was like drinking a glass of water. It was really easy to get through, but wasn’t especially flavorful. This is a YA romance that I would say is on the more mature side of the YA spectrum. I was drawn to this book because it seemed like it might be reminiscent of my all time favorite television show, Friday Night Lights. If anything sells itself to be in that vein, I am all over it. This book satisfied the small-town flavor and the drama-packed lives of the people that lived there, but it lacked the poignant instrumental music and the idyllic scenes. It felt more like Tim Riggins wrote this book (if you haven’t seen the show, he is the adorable, but sort of dumb jock). Having written that out, it makes me feel like I am being harsh to Abbi Glines. It was readable, I read this in less than 24 hours, but the writing just seemed choppy and lacking finesse. If you are a Friday Night Lights junkie like myself, I think a much better book for that fix would be Emma Mill’s First & Then. Until Friday Night was a breezy read and can hit the spot if you are looking for something that your brain can just hit cruise control on and quickly add a book to your GoodReads Reading Challenge.