A few months ago I bought my first New Adult book, Bad for you by Abbi Glines, and I fell in love with the genre and with the writing of this author. Her stories are packed with romance and emotions and will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. This review is about Until friday night by Abbi Glines. A book that really touched me and has instantly become one of my favorites. What’s the story about:
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god. But on the inside he’s grief-stricken – his father is dying and, unable to face the truth, he hasn’t told anyone.
Now, as his heartache grows, West finally decides he needs to talk to someone about his dad. So in the dark shadows of an after-game party, he tells the one girl who doesn’t ever speak. He tells her everything he can’t tell anyone else. West expected to feel relief, a flood of emotions – but what he didn’t expect was for Maggie Carleton to reply, and for her to reveal a secret, more painful and horrific than his own. What he didn’t expect was to make a connection so strong that he could never ever let her go.
Maggie is one of those characters that really get to you. She has seen something so horrific and brutal that she literally lost her voice, afraid that the sound of her own voice will take her back to the fateful day that she lost everything. So, now she keeps her silence and communicates through gestures and notes. Her silence has isolated her and made her the victim of more than one bullying kid, but she will never break her self-imposed silence. Not for anybody. Not for her godmother, who finally send her away, not for her aunt and uncle, who decide to give her a home, and not for her cousin Brady who doesn’t know what he should do with her.
Brady’s mom keeps ordering him to take Maggie with him when he goes to his friends and when he goes out and he’s had enough of it. He knows she’s hurt and that life has dealt her some serious shit, but he can’t help her and he doesn’t need a dog tailing him everywhere he goes. Maggie knows Brady hates to tag her along with him and decides to make it easy on him. She will keep her distance and won’t bother him so he can have fun with his friends. Hiding in bushes and underneath trees, waiting for Brady, becomes a new routine for Maggie and that’s how she gets to know West, Brady’s best friend.
One friday after a football game West comes across Maggie when he’s walking back to his car. He’s mad at everyone and everything because his dad’s dying and he just wants to blow of some steam. Seeing his best friend’s beautiful, mute cousin he decides to take his frustration out on her and kisses her until he feels better. For West it may just be blowing of steam, but for Maggie it’s her first kiss and the first time that she feels connected to anybody again. But, West doesn’t care about her emotions, he has enough to deal with on his own, so the next day he treats her like trash leaving Maggie hurt and once again alone. However something about West speaks to her and makes her think that he’s not really the jerk he’s pretending to be. A few weeks later, again on a friday, she discovers that she was right when West opens up to her, convinced that she is the only one who won’t betray his heartbreaking secret as she doesn’t speak. Colour him surprised when the silent girl suddenly starts to speak and reveals her own scars. Slowly a profound friendship and deeper feelings start to form between the two teens. West knows Maggie’s voice is a gift she only gives to him because she trusts him and he decides to protect her and keep her close to him.
Slowly, but surely Maggie falls hopelessly in love with West and begins to heal. She discovers that even through her own pain and bad memories she can love again and help others. Because West needs her more than she needs her safe silence. And if she can give her voice to him, than maybe it’s okay to give it to other people too…