Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Review: Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

Under the Lights
by Abbi Glines
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date:August 23rd, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

I simply adore Abbi Glines! I've followed her every title and I've fallen for every couple she's beautifully brought to life. With that said, it was an instant MUST to pick up and read Under the Lights, the second title in her highly anticipated The Field Party series. If you've yet to read Until Friday Night, be sure to check out my review. I'm positive readers of the contemporary/romance genre will adore it to pieces!

"I want more than that. I want you. I want to be able to kiss you anytime I want."

Following immediately after the events of Until Friday Night, Under the Lights focuses on the story of Willa, Brady and Gunner, three characters I was especially eager to get to know. Bad decisions, a rough past, difficult fights, fracturing friendships, and a whole lot of emotional drama is involved in Under the Lights, but I found it oddly addicting. It was the most "coming of age" like title I've read by Abbi yet, and I couldn't resist rooting for each and every character as they came to terms with what it meant to face their poor decisions, take responsibility for them, and to even begin to forgive themselves and each other. It was very heartfelt, tender, and almost thrilling. It is by far one of my favourite titles by Abbi yet, as it was exceptionally well written, and had me under Willa, Brady, and Gunner's spell almost immediately. I'm not typically the kind of reader to grow so deeply attached to characters in mature YA titles, however Willa (especially she) spoke so strongly to me and struck a cord that had me easily connecting and sympathizing with her - it was wonderful!

Readers who are looking for an emotionally realistic coming of age story with a delicious dose of romance are highly recommended the second title in the Field Party series, Under the Lights. It's thought-provoking, focuses on the meaning of true friendships, growing up, and paints a beautiful picture of what it feels like to fall in love.

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Abbi Glines is one of my fave authors out there. I'd too call her books a mature YA series and this one was one of the best ones I've read from her yet. I loved Willa too. Great review.

  2. Sounds exciting!
    I look forward to checking out book one and two! :D

  3. I've always adored her books. I'm happy to read you loved Under the Lights ☺️

  4. You're the reason why I chose to read the first book in this series. I enjoyed it quite a bit and I'm thrilled to be reading Under the Lights as well very very soon. Thank you!