I’ve been waiting for this book for a year now, ever since I fell in love with Until Friday Night. Boy, was I ever disappointed.
Abbi Glines is the queen of teenage angst. I don’t mean that she’s a teenager stuck in a grown woman’s body (she acknowledged her 3 kids at the end of this book, so I’m presuming she’s a grown adult). I just meant that she captures heavy teenage drama (e.g., Dawson’s Creek multiplied by 1,000) typically well in her books, several of which I have loved. I already said I loved the first book in “The Field Party” series, but I also loved her first few Rosemary Beach and Sea Breeze books. Then, that reader-author love went awry in the last year, after reading Until Friday Night. To me, it just seemed like Abbi Glines is NOT the same Abbi Glines as before. I suppose authors change their writing styles, but this was quite a drastic change for me, to the point that where I was an uber fan from before – now I’m just ambivalent.
There were so many “ellipsis points” at the end of this story:
- If you read the synopsis, both Brady and Gunner were painted as Willa’s admirers. In the end, she chose one whom she loved more. The one who got friend-zoned? He had his own POV in the book, but it was never resolved. What happened to the loser after Willa and her chosen-one made their choice? What happened to Gunner’s family after the whole dramatic showdown?
- How is this even a romance novel? Even YA books have a little bit of action going on. This one? Purely platonic, A.K.A. boring – in my estimation.
- Warning: Heavy drama inside. Lousy parents to teenaged people have appeared in 10 million books already. Next plot, please.
- Why did all the high school football guys automatically get attracted to Willa? I was remiss in mentioning this point in my GR review: another boy, Asa, was interested in Willa. Was it because her compelling beauty and indescribable wit were irresistible? Was it because she was fresh meat, in a sea of overused teenaged vaginas and clingy insecure little girls, as portrayed by the characters, Kimmie, Serena, and Ivy?
I liked Willa’s dramatic back story, though. It was different from other YA heroine’s stories I’ve read before. There were bad substances, tragic deaths, and hard lessons learned. Despite my kinda-sorta fondness for Willa’s back-story, I can’t connect/understand the 3 main characters. West and Maggie’s story in Until Friday Night was hitting all the major feels. This one? Meh.