Published by Simon Pulse on August 25th 2015
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.
Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.
As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.
West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…
I’ve had this on my TBR forever and I’m so glad that I finally got the chance to read it! I’ve never read anything by Abbi before and now I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!!
Maggie and West’s characters absolutely stole my heart! Both were going through things that would difficult for anyone to deal with, let alone at their age. I loved how each character was the others perfect counter part and solace.
Maggie is the perfect kind of YA heroine. Everyone thinks that she is weak and fragile, but in reality she is a pillar of strength. When Maggie opened herself up to talking to West, I FELL IN LOVE. Totally. Completely. In. Love. And there was no going back. I wanted to walk around like Buddy the Elf yelling, “I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!!!!”
I was soooooo close to a full 5 star, but there were a few things that just were never full addressed and that drives me wacko. Maybe they’ll be addressed in the next few books, but I was disappointed that they weren’t wrapped up in this books. This will definitely not deter me from the rest of the series! Bring on Under The Lights!