Thursday, August 18, 2016

*ARC* Under the Lights - Review

Under the Lights (The Field Party #2)

By: Abbi Glines

Published: August 23, 2016 by Simon Pulse

336 pages

Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestsellerUntil 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.
Just when you need a fast, easy and entertaining YA Romance, Abbi Glines releases a new book. And what's more I knew I'd enjoy this series because it centers around a group of best friends who play high school football in Alabama. Yes please!

What starts out appearing like it's going to be a love triangle, pretty quickly choices are made which let the reader know that isn't going to be a major deal with the characters. Both Brady and Gunner have feelings for Willa. Growing up they were all best friends until Willa was moved to Arkansas to live with her mom and her new husband. Brady grew up in a loving home with good supportive parents. Gunner and Willa not so much. Both grew up with parents who didn't show love, let alone speak love. But Willa had her Nonna, her grandmother she lived the first 11 years of her life with, so she learned what love looked like. During the time Willa and Gunner are apart though their lives grow darker and they both have baggage and issues to work through and heal from.

I was disappointed the "happy ending" happened within the last 2% of the book so we don't really get to enjoy much juiciness between Gunner and Willa. I felt like a lot of detail between them wasn't explored enough and other situations with other characters was vague but perhaps that's because other books are planned in the series and some of these characters are vague on purpose. Like Riley, a girl from Gunner's past coming back to town.

Overall I enjoyed the story but it didn't blow me away emotionally. If you're a fan of YA romance AND high school football then definitely pick up this series!

Favorite Quotes:
...good literature was good literature no matter what genre or year it was written.

Kissing Brady had been nice. Kissing Gunner rocked my world.

"Loving someone doesn't mean allowing them to use you for their benefit. It just means they have a place in your heart. A place that they earned."

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars


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