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…
“Until Friday Night” follows the story of Maggie and West. One is the star of the football team with his own demons haunting him behind the scenes. The other is a girl who saw the unthinkable and is dealing with it in the form of being silent. Both have a heartache no one else seems to understand…
Except each other.
Wow, this truly was a fantastic story telling y’all.
I fell in love with it simply from the synopsis, and I’m happy to say that this is one book that actually stuck true to the blurb. From the beginning you get what both characters are about (and their stories), and how only a few words can connect people in ways that even they can’t understand. West is really a good guy with a bad outer image, and Maggie is sweet, silent, and knows more than most about the cruelties in life. She understands and is there for West like no one else is, and you can’t help but fall in love with how these two slowly developed a relationship. It had a great pace, interesting secondary characters (which I can’t wait to read about in the next installments!), and a satisfactory ending. I was thoroughly engrossed in this read from start to finish, and I can’t wait to read what happens next!
If I had to point out a flaw in this book, it would only be that I don’t agree with the age range the author set for it. On the actual hardcover it says for ages 14 and up. Honestly, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with my 14-year-old reading this. Personally, I would say 16 and up, but that’s my own opinion due to the use of the F-word through a good majority of it, and some sexual content.
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines = 5 touchdown worthy stars 😉