We were all the same inside. Didn’t matter how we looked or who our friends were.
Published: August 21, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Length: About 7 hours (eAudiobook)
Series: The Field Party #4
We all wanted the same thing. To belong. To be accepted.
Losing his dream, his ultimate plan, and his future- Nash Lee never expected to be facing a life without football. One wrong move and it had all changed. Going back to school for his senior year no longer appealed to him. He’d rather not leave his house. Walking back into Lawton High School, seeing pity in everyone’s eyes was just another reality in his nightmare.
Revenge wasn’t a pretty thing. Tallulah Liddell had found it was rather controlling. The way you looked at life changed completely when you clung to the ugly notion. But she’d done it anyway. From the last day of her junior year when Ryker Lee had made a fat joke about her and Nash laughed with him, she’d been driven by pain. It wasn’t like no one had made fun of her weight before. She was used to that. What had hurt so deeply was Nash’s laughter. He’d always been the one person to notice her, include her, not treat her differently. But that one moment had changed it all. From the time she walked out of the school building to the moment she returned for her senior year Tallulah had been determined to lose weight and finally be the size her peers considered acceptable.
What she wasn’t expecting on her return was to find a broken Nash Lee who no longer smiled, rarely spoke, and didn’t care about anything or anyone around him. He was just existing. But the pain in his eyes she understood all too well. He was alone. He no longer fit into the perfect package.
Trigger warning: teen death, sexual harassment/abuse
I had such a great March for books, and it’s all thanks to this little baby! I ditched my March TBR and picked up a few books I knew I’d be sure to love, and hot damn did Losing the Field deliver!
This is the fourth installment in Abbi’s wildly popular YA series about a small Alabama football town, and this was without a doubt the best of the series. There were quite a few… thoughts on this one that I picked up from the reviews I’ve read on Goodreads and elsewhere, but I didn’t necessarily think they were problems here. Let’s discuss, shall we?
Losing the Field follows Tallulah as she comes back to high school after a Summer spent walking and losing weight. She’s more confident in herself and hell bent on making those who were rude to her pay. Enter Nash Lee. He’s fresh off a career ending injury and mourning the football career he’ll never have, but once he sees Tallulah the sparks will be enough to put that out of his mind. This was kind of a mash up of first love, enemies to lovers, etc. It’s not necessarily a bully romance, but it is in a sense that there were all these people who were rude to Tallulah that now want to date her. It was fun to get to see her roll her eyes and be snarky to people who had paid no attention to her and then all of a sudden want to be around her.
Think this novel only has that romance plot line? You are so so wrong. There were a lot of things in this book that made it the fun little ride it was, including the addition of some classmate drama/fights, a mild celebrity side character, some taboo situations between student and teacher (gross and creepy, in this case), and even a death. There was a lot going on in this book and it felt like this was a mini soap opera in it’s own right. It was utterly addicting and such a wild, fun ride. It was so hard for me to put this one down, it was for sure my favorite of the series.
Now, I will say this. There were some angry about the plot point where Tallulah loses weight and then Nash notices her, which wasn’t the case. Nash had always noticed her, but Tallulah wasn’t confident in herself and never felt like she could approach Nash, or really anyone, for that matter. I think that was the gem of this book, Tallulah’s confidence and her journey of finding her voice in her own skin. I loved that.
The narrators for this installment were my favorite of the series, their voices were perfect and they had great inflection. Overall this was a slam dunk of an audiobook and I’m excited to see where else this series goes because it seems like it just keeps getting better!