Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
If you don’t know, Abbi Glines is mostly known for her New Adult books that were really popular a while back. I’ve given them a try, and while they are purely entertaining, there is usually hardly any substance to her books. Her foray back into YA with Until Friday Night is pretty much the same as her other books, just with younger characters in their senior year of high school.
Until Friday Night unsurprisingly follows the typical NA plot: two teens with a dark and twisted past/background, they find each other and learn how to cope with their own issues together. The main female lead, Maggie, doesn’t speak for her own dark reasons. This reminded me a lot of The Sea of Tranquility or Speechless, where the main character doesn’t verbally talk to others. This is not an easy task for authors to internalize a character. I was pleasantly surprised with the way Glines shapes Maggie’s character as an observant, perceptive girl. However, the reasoning behind her silence had me scratching my head in confusion. Her reasoning makes no sense and it’s not necessary in the story, in my opinion.
The male lead, West, is a shallow football player who hooks up with girls to cope with his pain. This made it really difficult for me to sympathize with him and his dying father at home. He meets Maggie and they connect because they both have unshared secrets, but honestly, I just can’t see past the fact that West only “connects” with Maggie because she is hot. The story is told from both Maggie and West’s perspectives, so it all seemed a little lusty with they way they both describe each others’ physical attributes.
Until Friday Night is a quick read, but it follows the typical New Adult plotline. I found it difficult to believe in their true love for each other, but it did grow on me a little by the end of the story. Most definitely not the original contemporary story I’ve read, nor is it the best one where there is a silent girl.