ARC Review: Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Until Friday NightI was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Until Friday Night at Book Expo America in May of 2015.  Publisher: Simon Pulse

Expected Release Date: August 25, 2015

Series: Field Party Series #1

Pages: 329

Boy, am I glad that I waited in line to receive a copy of Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines! I am a big fan of Abbi's Sea Breeze series--although I have admittedly not read Cage & Eva's second book because I don't want to ruin their HEA in my mind! Being a fan, I knew when I grabbed this book that I would like it; I just didn't know that I would LOVE it as much as I did.

I can't remember the last time a book made me ugly cry. So, the fact that Until Friday Night made ugly cry not once, but twice, is really amazing.

The YA novel follows the achingly difficult yet sweet story of Maggie Carleton and West Ashby. Two years after she witnessed her father murder her mother, Maggie is moving in with her Uncle Boone, Aunt Coralee, and cousin Brady in Alabama. It's an adjustment for everyone--especially since Maggie chooses to literally stay silent. Maggie fears that if she talks, she will lose her shit because talking will bring back memories she would rather forget. West is trying to survive while watching his dad deteriorate from cancer and watching his mom struggle with the fact that she is losing her love.

West doesn't share his pain with his friends, but he does share it with Maggie--who better to talk to than someone who doesn't talk back or spill secrets? But the joke is on West because Maggie does talk back. Maggie understands what's brewing beneath the surface, and the two start to follow the path of a whirlwind romance.

I have to say, I thought I was going to hate West because he purposely behaves like a complete and utter jerk in the beginning. I was thinking that there was no way that he wasn't going to cause shit to hit that fan once he and Maggie were together, but West actually surprised me. Yes, there was a minor bump in the road, but I would probably be way more messed up in the head than he was if one of my parents was suffering from cancer.

I loved Maggie as a character. She is so unique. She stays silent to protect herself, yet she is not selfish because she understands that West needs to see that someone understands his pain. She's honest--never saying that the hurt will go away because it will not. I also admire the fact that Abbi Glines did not make Maggie into a scared hermit. Maggie still interacted in a charming manner with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. She hugged them, wrote a notepad to them, and tried to keep from "cramping" Brady's style at school. Which, by the way, I love Brady, too.

West is Brady's best friend and Maggie is his cousin, and Brady is ultimately protective of both. He just wants his friends to be happy and to heal, which is an incredibly mature response. What's not so mature, is the whole jersey debacle (you'll have to read it to find out what that is!), but I don't care because it was super hilarious!!

Ultimately, the special connection between Maggie and West will awe you, their journey will make you cry (and I mean CRY), but you'll still be able to enjoy some lighthearted and sweet moments--that's the trifecta, right? Plus, this is just the beginning of our time as readers with our friends from Lawton, Alabama. I can't wait for the next one, and I hope you're just as excited to add Until Friday Night to your TBR list!