Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: YA Contemporary
Author: Simon & Schuster
Released: 25 August 2016
Series: The Field Party #2
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.
Once again, Abbi Glines delivers an un-put-downable book filled with all the emotions. Just like with Until Friday Night, I laughed, I cried, and I wanted more.
Six years after her mother wanted her to return home, Willa Ames moves back in with her Nonna after being kicked out of home after a life-changing mistake. She is reunited with her old friends Gunner Lawton, who's family Nonna works for, and Brady Higgins. It's awkward but they soon fall back into the friendship they had formed when they were kids. But Willa's past mistakes keep haunting her, and she doesn't want anyone to know why she's back in town - all she wants to do is keep her head down, stay out of trouble, and make her Nonna proud. Six years has changed them all, and Willa realises that Gunner and Brady mean more to her than she could ever have imagined. Through their broken families, Willa and Gunner are able to open up to each other about the secrets they have kept hidden from the world, even if it risks Willa disobeying the rules her Nonna laid out for her.
Abbi Glines just knows how to write YA/NA contemporary. The characters feel so real and you are sucked into their lives, living through their happiness and heartache. Feeling what they are feeling. This book had be in tears and smiling. Okay, so it's obvious that these characters are destined to be together at the end of the book, but the journey they take getting there is one that you can't help enjoy being a part of - even the moments where you feel your heartbreaking for the characters.
I was worried going into this book that I wasn't going to like it as much as the first. I loved West and Maggie in Until Friday Night and wanted to read more from their perspective, so I wasn't sure how I was going to go reading about other characters. But it was just so easy to fall into the story and get swept away. We do check in with Maggie and West (which is great) and we get to see more of the other minor characters we met in the first book.
I just couldn't get enough of this book, and even now really want to read more about these characters. My only hope is that they feature in the third book, which will be following Brady.
Yes, these books are kind of cliched, angsty and have a bit of instalove, but they are just really fun books to get lost in for a few hours. Abbi's writing is so easy to take in and enjoy. I highly recommend The Field Party series to anyone who loves contemporary and is looking to get into more mature YA and New Adult work. Abbi is fast becoming one of my favourite contemporary authors, and I've only read two of her books.