(Field Party Series #1)
Author: Abbi Glines
Published: August 25, 2015 by Simon Pulse
Date Read: April 17-19, 2016
Thank you so much Abbi Glines for the signed HB copy you sent me as a giveaway prize. ❤
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…
This is the first Abbi Glines’ book that I’ve read and I love it!
At first I was expecting a story that is a cliche, but it wasn’t. Abbi Glines took this contemporary to the next level. She tackled important issues that some people went through at a young age. And how the characters coped with it.
Maggie and West met in a very unusual way, and a somewhat coincidence. They are different but they found something within to understand each other. I just don’t like that West didn’t cut off girls early when he already leans on to Maggie, though he used it as a way of easing the pain. They are both naive about their own feelings because the pain that they have experienced overpowers every feeling they have.
Btw, I like Brady! Because he was an asshole at first but he became protective when it comes to Maggie. ❤
What I like about this book is that the story isn’t a cliche. And it can really be inspiring to other people who are experiencing the same thing. It left me lessons about family, love, and life.
West is just avoiding what his father and his family is experiencing… Until Friday night.
“I just hate being stared at.” He chuckled and move his forked to get a bite of cake. “Then you shouldn’t be so damn pretty.”
“She gave me peace. She was the only thing that had given me peace in a long time.” -West
“Boys don’t always make the right decisions. It takes years before they become men and wise up.” – Uncle Boone
“I don’t want to be a regret for you. Ever.” -Maggie
“My girl. My fucking jersey.” -West
“The one person I thought I could trust had just let me down.” -West