Until Friday Night (Field Party Series #1)

Until Friday Night (Field Party Series #1)

by Abbi Glines


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A #1 New York Times bestseller and the first novel in a brand-new series—from bestselling author Abbi Glines—about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama.

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481438841
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Series: Field Party Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 29,957
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

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Until Friday Night

  • Ain’t She Sweet



    This wasn’t home. Nothing ever would be again. And besides, I didn’t want a home—the word came with memories too painful to think about.

    I knew my aunt Coralee and uncle Boone were watching me closely as they led me through the house. They wanted me to like it here—there was a certain hopefulness in their eyes. I didn’t remember what hope felt like. It had been so long since I’d hoped for anything.

    “We gave you a room upstairs. I painted it a pretty ­cotton-candy blue,” Aunt Coralee informed me ­cautiously. “I remembered that you liked blue.”

    It’s true that I had liked blue a few Christmases ago. Had even worn all blue one year. I wasn’t necessarily a fan of it now, though. . . .

    I followed both my aunt and uncle up the stairs. The family photos lining the wall made me turn my head back around and stare straight ahead. I’d had those once too. Photos that my mother proudly displayed on the walls of our home. But those photos had been lies. The smiles were never real.

    “Here it is,” Aunt Coralee announced as she stopped halfway down the hall and opened the door to a large bedroom. Other than the blue walls, everything else was white.

    I liked it. If I weren’t afraid of my own voice, I’d tell her thank you. Instead I put down the backpack from my shoulders then turned and hugged her. That would have to be enough.

    “Well, I certainly hope you like my room,” a deep voice drawled from the doorway.

    “Brady, don’t,” Uncle Boone said in a stern voice.

    “What? I was just being nice,” he replied. “Kinda . . .”

    I only remembered my cousin Brady a little. He had never played with me at family events, was always running off with one of the buddies he’d brought with him.

    Now he was leaning against the doorframe of the bedroom, brown hair falling into his eyes, a smirk on his face. He didn’t seem happy. Oh God, had they given me his room? That couldn’t be good. I didn’t want to take his room.

    “Brady’s just being a brat,” Aunt Coralee explained quickly. “He’s perfectly happy about moving to the attic room. He’s been at us for two years to fix up that space for him so he’d have somewhere more private.”

    A large hand landed on my shoulder as Uncle Boone came to stand beside me. “Son, you remember Maggie,” he said in a voice that didn’t leave room for argument.

    Brady was staring at me. He looked annoyed at first, but his expression suddenly softened into something resembling concern. “Yeah, I remember her.”

    Uncle Boone continued, “You’ll need to show her around at school on Monday. Y’all are in the same grade, and we made sure they put her in several of your classes so you could help her out.” I had a feeling Brady already knew all this. The information was for me.

    Brady sighed and shook his head. “Y’all don’t even know,” he muttered before walking off.

    “I’m sorry about him,” Aunt Coralee said. “He’s become so moody, and we don’t know what to do with him half the time.”

    Even if I did speak, I didn’t have a response for that.

    She squeezed my arm. “We’re gonna let you get settled in. Unpack, and rest if you need. If you want company, I’ll be in the kitchen, cooking dinner. You’re welcome to go anywhere in the house you’d like. Make yourself at home.”

    There was that word again: home.

    My aunt and uncle left me alone, finally, and retreated down the hall. I stood in the pretty blue room and realized, much to my surprise, that I already felt safe. I’d thought the comfort of safety was long gone for me.

    “So, you really don’t talk?” Brady’s voice filled the room, and I spun around to see my cousin back in the doorway.

    I really didn’t want him to dislike me or be annoyed about my being here. But I wasn’t sure how to convince him that I’d keep to myself, that I wouldn’t bother him or change his life.

    “Shit, this ain’t gonna be easy. You’re—” He paused and let out a laugh that didn’t sound like he meant it. “This shit is gonna be worse than I thought. Least you could have helped me out and been ugly.”

    Excuse me?

    Brady frowned. “Just don’t draw attention to yourself. My momma finally got the daughter she never had, but it don’t make shit easier for me. I have a life, you know.”

    I simply nodded. I was sure he had a life. He was tall with dark hair and light hazel eyes, and his wide shoulders hinted at the muscles underneath his T-shirt. No doubt girls loved him.

    I had no intention of being in his way, but I could see how my coming into his home and taking his room would make it seem otherwise. And now his parents had me in his classes, too.

    But I’d prove he had nothing to worry about. I picked up my backpack again and took out the pad and pen I always kept with me.

    “What’re you doing?” he asked, clearly confused.

    I quickly wrote:

    Promise I won’t be in your way. Don’t expect you to help me at school. Just let your parents think you are, and I’ll go along with it. Sorry I took your room. We can switch back if you want.

    I handed the note pad to Brady and let him read it. When he finished, he sighed deeply and handed the pad back to me.

    “You can keep the room. Mom’s right. I like the attic. I was just being an ass. You think you won’t need me at school, but you will. Can’t be helped.” And with that, he walked away.

    I stood at the doorway as he made his way down to the kitchen. I started to shut the door when I heard Brady’s voice travel up the stairs.

    “What’s for dinner?” he asked.

    “Chicken spaghetti. I thought Maggie might like it since it’s your favorite,” Aunt Coralee replied. Then, dropping her voice a little: “I wish you’d take the time to get to know her.”

    “Just talked to her. She, uh, wrote to me,” he replied.

    “And? Ain’t she sweet?” Aunt Coralee sounded so sincere.

    “Sure, Mom. She’s real sweet.”

    But Brady didn’t sound very convinced.

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    Until Friday Night 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I like your books Ms. Glines, but they are becoming unaffordable for your main stream readers. I watched you climb the ladder, and I know you went through a lot financially to get where you are; but give us a break. Unless you are 90, you have loads of books to write. Your talent is not going to go away.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I agree with the other posts. Although I enjoy her books, I'm not going to pay that much for this book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love your books but I'm going to have and find another favorite author who doesn't charge so much. I'm disappointed
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Good storyline but poor character background.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book! Definantly worth the money. Cant wait for the next book :)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book pulled a lot of emotions from me. Made me laugh and cry.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Why so expensive?!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Such a great book! One of the best ones I have read in a while. I finished it in a few hours! A great romance novel
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Just okay. Cute story. Probabaly won't be readin the rest of the series though.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved the, story
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love abbi glines, even though a lot of her books are basically sex but this one couldve been so much better
    Anonymous 9 months ago
    I loved it!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    So good I couldn't put it down, West and Maggie we're perfect for each other.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved it
    lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
    4.5 stars — I don’t know what it was about this book, but it was just a Lenore book, you know? Like apparently it had all the right combination of things to just be perfect for this particular reader. It’s funny how that happens eh? Especially because it can be so hard to articulate what those things are…you just know when a book hits you right *there*. And that’s what this book did. I was pretty sure it was going to be a hit for me just reading the blurb, but I was so relieved (especially since I was in a slump) to discover that the book lived up to my expectations (and maybe even surpassed them). It’s funny, because that doesn’t mean that the book was perfect. Or that the characters were perfect. And honestly, there were elements of West’s character in particular, that in another book would have bugged the crap out of me. So why did he get a pass? I honestly don’t know. Or rather, he didn’t completely, but I believed in his potential, and I bought his growth (even if it seemed a bit quick at the end — that probably accounts for the loss of the half star). West was…so damaged. And dealing with something HUGE in a really detrimental way. And it was bringing out all his worst qualities. My heart hurt for how he saw himself, and how he just automatically assumed he couldn’t be a better person…couldn’t be stronger. I think when faced with life’s adversities, it’s initially hard to believe that you can make it through. Maybe it’s that I related so strongly to him and what he was going through, as I also lost my father when I was in high school to the big C. Not everyone can understand what it’s like to have to go to school everyday while worrying about a loved one at home. I thought Ms. Glines did a fabulous job showing his helplessness, and anger, and despair. Maybe that’s why I gave him a pass for being purposely callous to Maggie, and detached from his friends? I’m not sure. But despite his major flaws, I still genuinely LIKED West. He made bad decisions, but he at least struggled with that, and knew he was making the wrong ones. Maggie had my heart right from the start. She was such a damaged soul as well, but you felt her strength. I loved seeing her work through her emotions as they related to her rapidly growing feelings for West, and her confusion over how to deal with that. I loved how helping him helped *her*. I can’t imagine facing the choice of staying friends with West and risk getting hurt, or break it off to protect herself. I loved their connection as well. I just…they had such a strange and interesting path. But I was with them every step of the way. It was kind of different than most romances, as we got to see them move forward and deal with new stumbling blocks, and then move forward again. I will admit I was getting concerned about them, but then Ms. Glines surprised me by addressing those concerns. It made me appreciate these two characters more, b/c it can be hard to see and do what’s right. I still feel like their attachment could be a bit co-dependent, but I’m willing to live with it considering how their bond developed. The secondary cast was really intriguing as well! I adored both sets of “parents” in this book…West’s parents made my heart both full and broken for them. And I was so happy that Maggie had her Aunt and Uncle in her life…they were the right amount of caring and involved without being smothering. Brady was interesting in his own right. I didn’t always understand
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Thought provoking
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Very emotional read. Story has a great progression of events. Loved the build up of the relationship. Good story.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I liked the story, and really liked Maggie and West. I do think more should have been said/explored about Wests' jealousy and possessiveness. It seemed at first when they had the fight it had to do with her father being like that, but it was so quickly forgiven and forgotten without really addressing the issue.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great read
    Rockwood106 More than 1 year ago
    This was a really good emotional book. The characters are well written and make you feel the emotions. I have read all of this authors books and always enjoy them. I have to say the reading your books is now a special treat for me because they are getting too expensive to purchase every new book you write as I did in the past. You might want to consider that in pricing your work.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Good easy read, good story line
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It's a good book!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    i love your book and the cost isn't even that much. Plus my parents don't even mind as long as I read.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago