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
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.
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.