Review: Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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 Review:
This book amazed me in so many ways that it honestly left me speechless. It was such a beautiful, thoughtful book. I have read every single one of Abbi's book and this one was a very different reading experience for me. It was so beautifully written and everything just fit together perfectly. Everything was very realistic with little to no sugarcoating which is what made it so great. There was an instant connection between Maggie and West that automatically made me want these two together. Maggie was observant, intelligent and so strong. It was insane to be inside her head and read about the horror that she had witnessed, yet, she was still an amazing person- who didn't talk. 
We see from the beginning that West needed somebody to talk to about his father but at the same time I believe Maggie needed West just as much. He managed to bring out a side of her that she wasn't sure would ever resurface. She always knew exactly what West needed without him ever having to say anything out loud. She would know by the look in his eyes and that was so important to me and it said so much about their connection to one another. She understood him and his pain in a way that nobody else understood and that's exactly what he needed even if it meant sitting quietly in each others presence. 
Maggie's character was so important to me. She reminded me that some times we may say cruel things we don't mean to people we love in a moment of anger without ever knowing if they would be gone the next day. She made me put my book down and literally shoot my loved ones a quick 'love you' text to get me through the next chapter. Wests relationship with his dad was beautiful- which only made his situation harder for me to read. His father was so bright and cheerful. He was hilarious even though he was so terribly sick. It was so unfair, but that's life. 
Reading about these characters who had experiences such horror caused my chest to hurt at times but it was all about the way that they each dealt with what was happening. They found strength in one another and they found comfort. While I can talk about the book and all the feels it gave me for a while, it is obvious how much I loved it and will be adding it to my favorites pile. It was an extraordinary start to what I know will be a wonderful series. I cannot wait to see what the rest of this series will bring.

*Disclaimer: A Review Copy was kindly was provided to Reads By Rose from Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review. My reviews will always remain truthful, unbiased and respectful.

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