Book Review For Until Friday Night – The Field Party (1)

Author – Abbi Gilnes

Book Review For Unitl Friday Night

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…


I gave this 5 stars

My Thoughts

5 stars because I really can’t flaw this story. I didn’t know I could relate to book characters as much, wow. This book had me feeling all kinds of strong emotions. Let me just tell you,,, I was a mess. These poor kids!

Why I Enjoyed This Read

What’s going in West’s life, that’s heartbreaking and I think I may have cried a few times reading his emotions, that’s how amazing this writer is, we feel with the characters and that’s how you know you’re reading a great book. Also, reading about why Maggie doesn’t speak, is truly scary and completely heartbreaking. I understand why she doesn’t want to be forced to speak. It’s a lot to take at such a young age.

Who Would Enjoy This Read

Anyone who wants an emotional, real young adult romance. If you read this book, prepare to cry. I wouldn’t suggest reading this book with makeup on, or in public really, you will look a weeping mess.

Overall Thoughts

I never knew two people could connect so strongly, before this book. It’s so beautiful how they’ve helped each other in so many ways. It’s truly a beautiful connection to read. It’s amazing to see how two different people, can deal with pain in such different ways, connect so strongly. This Author truly is incredible at real emotion.




  • Lynne Huysamen

    It is amazing how people that are in emotional pain can help each other and bond, clearly that is what happened in this book. It sounds like a deep book that really captures the complicated feelings of the characters.

    Books that are shallow rarely captivate me, its when an author really defines the characters and the story is realistic and gets into the minds of others that i find it interesting. 

    This sounds like a book I would really enjoy, thanks for sharing about it. 

  • Kenny

    Hi I usually enjoy Simon scarrow novels myself. But I can see why so many would love this novel. The truth is a books characters and the emotional connection you make to them are what really keeps you reading or not. Are there any other genres you cover other than this one? I would love to see a top ten review of 2018 novels. Many thanks for the excellent review, Kenny 

  • CravenATAT

    This is a great review of a book that symbolizes what a lot of us may feel at some point of our lives. Not the football got aspect, but one where we may appear to be doing well on all accounts on the outside, but facing so much pain from within. The concept of two people with so much pain connecting and forming a bond should relate to a lot of readers, and Abbi Gilnes related to a lot of young readers in this coming of age book. Although I have not read it, I am looking going to click your link to purchase it for my flight back to see family. Great review of an amazing author’s book. Thank you .

  • Lev

    Seems like a real emotional roller coaster. Thanks for keeping the summary brief and not giving away any spoilers. I liked how you included ‘who would enjoy this’ section. Until Friday Night certainly caters to me. Is it super heavy on the romance? If not, this will be one I’m checking out.

  • Sylvia

    My last “novel” book I have read is over 30 years ago. since then I have read lots and lots “none” fiction books etc.

    However, as of late, I have felt the craving to read something which can penetrate my heart.

    Reading your book review the story immediately hit me and I also can emphasize with the characters because something similar in my extended family also has happened many years ago.

    This book is a good book for me for the cold Winters here in Canada.

    I will check out your site more often for other reviews.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Parmi

    As someone that wants to get married eventually, this seems like a book that would be nice to read. Romantic books have never been my thing. Reading the plot, it seems that both of them had tough lives and tough deep scars. They bumped into each other and found a way to help one another. I always think having deep scars is when people open up and you really get to know them. This sounds like one of those books. Thanks for sharing!

  • Marlinda Davis

    Hey there! Thanks for taking the time to write this review. Its making me very interested in reading this book as I love emotional tug at your heart stories. Your review makes me curious to know what is going on in West’s life that’s making him cry because it is not something that you would expect given his character as described in the summary.

    Thanks for sharing and I’ll bookmark this page for later!


  • Tom

    Although books about romance really aren’t usually my thing, I just finished with the book I was reading and didn’t know what to read next.  A few of the books that I recently read were a character let down.  It sounds like this author is very skilled at character development and conveying emotions through the use of words.  I love books that can make you “feel”.  I have to look into this author a bit further.  Thanks for the review.

  • Chris

    Characters that you can relate to are the driving force behind most successful books – it’s why successful books often turn out to be successful movies (as long as Hollywood doesn’t screw them up!). 

    It’s great hear that the characters in this book resonated with you so much. You say it’s for young adults – what age group would you say specifically?

  • Jessica Lauren Vine

    Ahh! I just love a good book. It is so awesome when books evoke so much emotion. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I always find it difficult to find good books. I used to read all Grace Livingston Hill books before I finished them! lol And oh yeah… Trixie Beldon!

  • Salim


    This book sounds emotional and tempting to read, especially the plot that gave us the life of Maggie Carleton’s in the book. I can’t wait to purchase this book. Your blog post has always provided the best reviews on books. I really love reading book reviews hear. Thanks for the great job.

    Have a nice day

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