Series: The Field Party #2
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 23, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eARC, 336 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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.
It’s been ages since I read an Abbi Glines book, but with the release of the third book in The Field Party series looming, I decided it was time to get caught up on the series. What ensued was a day and a half, two book binge a couple weekends ago. I regret nothing… except how long it took me to read Under the Lights.
I really enjoyed Under the Lights. More, maybe, than I thought I even would. (And I pretty much loved Until Friday Night, so I’m not really sure why exactly it took me so long to read this book.) Regardless, I’m glad I finally got back around to it. I was admittedly a little apprehensive going in because the blurb clearly describes a love triangle. While that’s’s not a total no-fly for me, it’s not always something I enjoy. Just to be clear, there was a love triangle here but it wasn’t that bad. It was pretty obvious who Willa really belonged with. Of course, I also read the blurb for the third book, After the Game, before starting this one so that might’ve had something to do with it, too. Regardless, I wasn’t particularly bothered in this instance.
I really liked Willa and Gunnar. (Ok and Brady, too. More or less.) It was great to see Willa getting a second chance back in her hometown, especially after the situation she dealt with before leaving Arkansas. It was ugly and sad and definitely affected her. Understandably. She was still dealing with the consequences and felt a ton of guilt. Getting back to her roots, back to the friends she knew back when, helped some. As much as anything could, I suppose. Willa grew so much over the course of this book. Don’t dismiss the guys, either. Especially Gunnar. His life really is a shit show, thanks to his family. He’s definitely not the spoiled rich boy everyone seems to think he is. My heart honestly broke for both him and Willa.
Under the Lights was a great read. I did find it a little slow in the beginning and I struggled a little with why it was necessary to have three different points of view. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I disliked Brady, even if he was relatively selfish and immature at times. I was just far more interested in what was happening between Willa and Gunnar. That’s where the heart of the story was for me. The last 30% or so is where the real goodness was though, IMHO. That’s where the bulk of the feels came in. All in all though, I breezed through this book and barely paused before picking up the next one in the series. It was a great binge.
Love wasn’t real. It was a fleeting emotion that confused you, then destroyed you in the end.
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.
Have you read any of The Field Party books?