Until Friday Night by Abbi GlinesUntil Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Until Friday Night

byAbbi Glines

Hardcover | September 30, 2017

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The first novel in a brand-new series—from New York Times and USA TODAY 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…
Abbi Glines was born in Birmingham, Alabama. Books published by Glines include The Vincent Boys and the USA TODAY bestseller The Vincent Brothers, Breathe, Because of Low, the USA TODAY bestsellers While It Lasts and Just For Now, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless, and The New York Times bestseller ...
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Title:Until Friday NightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:September 30, 2017Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481438859

ISBN - 13:9781481438858

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from super cute easty read I bought this book when it was on sale for 7 dollars thinking it may not be that good.. I loved it... I ready it in 2 sittings... Very emotional - i never cry reading a book but this one was raw. I highly reccomend if you looking for a quick easy read - perfect for vacation- looking forward to reading teh rest of the series
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I'm so glad I ordered this book! I finished reading it within the first two days of receiving it. It is such an engaging and easy read. The perfect vacation book!
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LovinIt It have started this book last week, and reading 4 pages at a time, before bed. This is a great book if you wish to know more about pick up trucks *wink*
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No. Just, no. This book falls victim to the "Damsel in Distress" trope so hard, it may as well be set in the 1950's. It's ridiculous. People don't always know what to say, or when to say it - to make everything better, especially teenagers. But, these characters are some of the most unrealistic ones I've ever encountered as they constantly have big, perfect conversations about serious matters, but they're 17 and younger. Also, for such a dark and deep premise one would assume the book would really dive in, and go there - but it was so blissfully surface level. It was extremely one dimensional, painfully cliche, and overall such a massive disappointment. If you enjoy reading Rainbow Rowell, John Green, or Becky Albertalli - DO NOT pick up this book. It will only disappoint you.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Okay, if you can get past the fact that it was super cheesy, way too quick for a realistic love story, it wasn't a bad read. It was enjoyable, entertaining and just a nice novel all around. It won't be winning any literary prizes but it was a good way to pass some time
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worth reading again honestly, loved it. i sat down and read the entire book in one sitting, i got her other books as well
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Novel This was an easy read but very fun, relatable and great storyline. Love seeing the characters grow.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Predictable, Yet A Page Turner Although the book itself, once it gets going, is predictable I did enjoy it more than I thought I would. A definite page turner, and for those that love a good romantic story.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story, Heart-breaking Characters -- Yes it's flawed but Maggie and West are worth it This was my first Abbi Glines novel. And it definitely won't be my last. There were many aspects that I really enjoyed about this novel, and actually quite a few that I really didn't like. I think my favourite moments of this novel was how accurate Ms. Glines writes about grief and losing your way. Maggie witnesses something beyond horrific and it definitely takes a toll on the rest of her life. When I lost my mother suddenly (it was by no means of violence, just totally unexpected), I was devastated; I didn't know what to do. And like Maggie I pushed people away, people who loved me and just wanted to help. I understand Maggie on a level I honestly don't think anyone can until they lose a parent with no warning. That's probably why I get West too. However, when he's pushing people away he does it to hurt them, so they won't come back. I do not condone his actions or the way he was treating his girlfriend, his side hoes or Maggie. That being said West definitely steps up and makes changes, and that is something I can get behind. I think though Brady is what sealed the deal with this novel for me. He is protective, kind, still an asshole but has really good intentions when it comes to his family. I'm read this novel in one sitting; once I started I just needed to know what was going to happen. Definitely a great read; yes it's flawed but overall it was entertaining, heart-breaking and very honest
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH MY GOD!! I loved this book SO MUCH i can't even describe it. It super cheesy, but i loved every second of it. I really found myself enjoying the characters and the story overall. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was hooked from the beginning! This was one of the best reads I read in a while. I loved the characters and how they changed overtime. I would say that this is a very good summer read if you are looking for a light, romantic page-turner.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I loved this book so much that I didn't even put it down once. Such a powerful story and definitely had me sitting at the edge of my seat. Had my emotional many times... I highly recommend :) Would also like to see more books like this by Abbi Glines
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Amazing I feel that next to the Blair-Rush series this is the next best book Abby Glines has written. I cried, and laughed many times through out the book. I couldn't put it down. I really think she should write more books like this.
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES!!! This book was amazing, I couldn't put it down! Rabbi has been my favorite author for many years and this book is just one example of why. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for this to come out and I can't wait for more to join the series hopefully soon ;) there could be some more detail with the sexual content, but besides that I loved this book!!
Date published: 2015-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great new Abbi Glines series! A new Abbi Glines series. Maggie comes to live with her aunt and uncle after a tragedy that leaves her unwilling to talk. West is a big shot on the football team but barely holding it together at home. They shouldn’t work, West knows Maggie should be running away from a guy like him, but somehow they find their way to each other. For him, Maggie is someone he can talk to without worrying about his secrets getting spilled as gossip. For her, West is someone who needs her and gives her a purpose. Slowly, they’re helping each other find their way back. I was excited going into this book. I’ve enjoyed Abbi Glines’ other books and this one was no exception. If I had to put them in order, The Vincent Boys series would still be my favourite just because they were first but this new one is a very close second. I really liked the character, the setting, and the feel of the small town. The book went back and forth between Maggie and West’s POV and I found myself enjoying them both about the same. Both were suffering in different ways and both were avoiding dealing with reality in different ways. Maggie stopped talking and did her best not to be a burden to anyone. She was good at observing people so it was easy for her to see through West’s mask even when his best friends couldn’t see. She was really sweet and while she did have some insecure moments, she showed she was strong and could be an anchor for West even through her own tragedy. West was almost the exact opposite. He deflected his pain and suffering by being loud and crude and he used girls to distract himself. Really, I should have disliked him. But I found myself empathizing with him as he opened up to Maggie, the way he treated his teammates like family, the way he protected Maggie. I wasn’t a fan of the way he, and the other guys, spoke about girls but it was believable that their characters would talk like that. The interactions between the football players were great. It was obvious some of them were closer than others but they were a family. They cared for each other, they would be there to help if any of them needed it. Their interactions quickly became some of my favourite scenes in the book. I found myself wishing Maggie had some girlfriends to interact with as a counter balance but that could come later in the series. Hopefully. I really liked the way both Maggie and West’s stories were handled. It was never going to be a ‘flip switch, over it’ resolution, it took time and struggle for them to open up to more than just each other. It was the same with their relationship. Maggie was quite innocent and West was not, but they were both trying and they really fit well together. The writing was that familiar Abbi Glines style I’ve come to enjoy. It was easy to read, the plot kept moving forward at a good pace, there was some set-up for which characters might be staring in the next book of the series. This is definitely a series I know I’ll be enjoying for a while. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-06-24

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Until Friday Night Ain’t She Sweet CHAPTER 1 MAGGIE 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.

Editorial Reviews

West Ashby seems to have it all—looks, a football future, and any girl he wants. No one, not even his closest friend Brady, knows that his dad—West’s biggest fan—is dying of cancer. Two years ago, Maggie Carleton saw her father murder her mother, and once she told police what happened, she refused to speak another word. Now Maggie lives with her cousin Brady’s family, and when she meets West, she sees the pain in his eyes that no one else recognizes. The bond between West and Maggie grows, and eventually Maggie rediscovers her voice to walk West through his father’s final days. Aided by chapters that alternate between West’s and Maggie’s perspectives, what could be a typical romance—both are drop-dead gorgeous and could have anyone they want—is raised to a new level by Maggie’s self-imposed silence and the grief they are both experiencing. Glines’ novel will be welcomed by fans of Lurlene McDaniel who want something with more depth.