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Note: I received an eARC copy of this title in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid to write this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Breathe by Abbi Glines is one of my favorite young adult reads by her, and I was excited to hear that she was starting a new young adult series. Until Friday Night is the perfect fall read, brining readers back to first days of school and Friday night football games. Granted none of my high school football memories were even remotely similar to Until Friday Night, but to be honest, my school was lucky if we’d even get a touch down. Contact sports just wasn’t our thing.
Anyway, getting back to the book. Until Friday Night centers around Maggie, a girl that just moved in with her cousin the star quarterback after her father murdered her mother, and West, the cocky, star running back with a dying father. Maggie refuses to talk to anyone, not wanting to talk about that night. With everyone thinking that she’s mute, West decides to confide in her about his troubles at home, only to have Maggie respond back.
I absolutely loved Until Friday Night. I thought the all of characters were well developed, and I loved the development of the relationships. Maggie and West’s romance was the center of the story. As friends they confided with each other, helped each other, and fell in love. It was a slow developing romance, and no one had any trouble stating their concerns about the relationship. Their individual tragedies is definitely a big part of their relationship. It brought them together, and together they cope. Ultimately the question of codependency between the two was brought up, which is definitely a valid possibility. West does exhibit some major jealousy issues.
I did also love the development between Maggie and her cousin Brady. There was a sense of blunt honesty with Brady in the beginning. I totally understood his frustration of having a suddenly mute cousin and feeling like he had to babysit her, when all he wanted to do was have fun with his friends. So while he may have seemed intolerant of her at first, I got it. His life was significantly altered in a way too. Eventually though Brady was honestly concerned for her cousin’s well being and seemed to want the best for her even if it meant arguing with his best friend and teammate.
All in all, I’d definitely recommend Until Friday Night if you’re a fan of young adult contemporary romance and love the spirit of Friday night high school football. Even if you’re not a huge football fan though, I think you may be touched by Maggie and West’s story. I know I personally can’t wait for the next books in the series, especially Brady’s story. And just so you know, this is definitely a more “steamy” young adult read, which is probably expected of Abbi Glines with her numerous new adult titles.