Willa Ames hasn’t had an easy life, and when her mother finally kicks her out she has no one to turn to but her grandmother. Coming back to Lawton means facing the best friends she left behind, but growing up means things change and she’ll have a lot to face when she returns.
Published: August 23rd, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 328 (Hardcover)
Series: The Field Party #2
“We weren’t invincible. I’d learned that a little too late.”
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.
“In life you face obstacles, and you have to fight through them. If you’re lucky enough, you find someone to fight for you, too.”
Another day, another perfect Abbi Glines book! Other reviewers have called this series a Southern teen soap opera and I can’t argue that, and these books are so good! Not my favorite series from her because they’re more PG-14 than rated R like the New Adult novels, but still great nonetheless.
This book is told from three points of view: Willa, Brady, and Gunner. Willa is a troubled teen who spent some time in a juvenile correction facility after a later revealed tragedy. Her mother had her as a teen and once she was married didn’t really want anything to do with Willa. After being released from the facility, Willa is kicked out of her mom’s house and is taken in by her loving grandmother. Brady is the town golden boy; good student, kind and courteous young man, and a star quarterback. He’s even got a sweet girlfriend named Ivy, problem is he’s bored with Ivy. What he feels for her isn’t love, its contentment. When Willa returns and Brady starts to see her as more of a friend he needs to decide if he’s ready to leave the safety and contentment of his current relationship and try something new. Gunner is the black sheep son of the town’s founding family. His parents don’t love him and the only person he knows he can trust is himself. But when startling revelations come to light about his family, the only person he can turn to is Willa. When his feelings get stronger he has to decide if he’s willing to risk it all for the one thing he’s never had; love.
I loved the love-triangle aspect of this book because let’s be honest, I’m a drama queen. None of Abbi’s books have really focused on a love triangle like this because Willa wasn’t dating either of the boys, usually her books have one of the main characters already in a relationship and falling for someone else. I really didn’t know who she’d pick until about halfway through the book, both boys seemed like they could be ‘the one’.
This book, like every other Glines book, packed the drama. There was family drama coming from just about every angle and that was enough to carry the book along, but there was also relationship, personal, and school drama as well. Just when you thought you had figured it out then something new came along and you were hit with it all over again. I was hooked from the first chapter and I devoured this book. I had to force myself to go to bed on work nights because I just wanted to stay up and read.
The only thing I missed from this book were the sexy bits. We all know Abbi’s New Adult books pack the heat as well as the drama, and its one of the reasons why her books are my favorites. I realize these are targeted at the YA audience, but the dirty talk and innuendos were all there so I was hoping for a small scene or something. Overall it was a really great book, her novels always consume me and they’re the best books to get me out of a reading funk (which I was stuck in hard). Can’t wait to read the next two in the series!
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