Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Until Friday Night is a YA contemporary romance novel by one of the most popular authors of this genre- Abbi Glines. The book follows the story of Maggie who hasn’t spoken since her mother was killed by her father. She moves to Alabama to live with her aunt and uncle where she meets West. West Ashby is popular, handsome and arrogant. But beneath all that, what no one sees is that he’s hurting. He’s dealing with the pain of watching his father slowly die of cancer.
I found this book okay. It was easy to read, fast and a little cliche. Its a good book to read when you’re in the mood to read something easy and fast-paced and just finish it in one sitting. The writing was fine. The plot wasn’t special or anything new but i liked how it was carried out. Maggie and West form a friendship and a strong bond first and then it slowly develops into a romance.
The display of grief was done well and i liked how it was dealt with. Maggie and West’s bonding over their griefs wasn’t over the top. However, I liked how their dependency on each other was questioned in the book.
The character development was done really well. It really felt like they had come a long way at the end of the book. Also, Maggie’s aunt and uncle were really nice and understanding and it felt like Maggie had found a new family.
Besides all this, there were some things that i didn’t like in this book.
The plot was predictable and i was never really excited to know what happened next. I also didn’t like West’s treatment of other girls. The argument between Maggie and West towards the end was out of nowhere and too abrupt. There was also the typical bitchy ex in the book. I also thought that Maggie’s feelings towards her father were a little downplayed and the whole ordeal with her parents should have been displayed more. The thing that annoyed me the most was how the tone for the sequel was set. It wasn’t subtle and it felt irrelevant to the book.
Overall, i do recommend this book and i did have a good time reading it. I just don’t know if i’ll be reading more books like this in the future.