Release Date: August 25th 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
*Received a physical ARC from the publisher in exchange of an honest review
My feelings are all over the place in regards to Until Friday Night. For some reason, I expected more after reading the blurb. There were great moments, like when West was with his family and his pain felt real, but there were parts that just frustrated me. And in all honesty, I just didn't feel the fireworks.
I couldn't connect with the characters, and their intense feelings for each other didn't convince me that much. Also, there were things about them that I couldn't warm up to. Maggie was okay. She'd been through something very tragic and like West's situation, I sympathized naturally. But I didn't get the reason for her not speaking. I just think that if you don't want to talk about something and you don't want people asking you about it, then just say so. They were her family, and I'm sure they would have been supportive either way had she simply made her feelings clear to them, instead of spending the majority of the book shutting them out.
West on the other hand, wasn't exactly likable. With the alternating POVs the reader got the opportunity to get inside his head and experience what he was going through at home. But his suffering wasn't an excuse for him to be an asshole. The way he treated his mother and always spoke so highly of her should have been enough for him to treat girls better. I hated how he handled his first encounter with Maggie, and the fact that he never discussed it with her and found out how she felt. Throughout the book he was basically using her to help cope with his pain, not once did he wonder how it was all affecting her when she had problems of her own. It was a relief when Maggie finally spoke up about his selfish behavior and possessiveness. Like he was even getting territorial with her cousin, Brady. Seriously? That didn't make any sense to me. So good for her. I just wish she had done that sooner.
In spite of these issues that I had, it wasn't a bad story. I liked the friendship between the guys and the support that Brady's family showed to Maggie. I hope they return in the second book and I hope Brady gets to be the main. For some reason I was more interested in his character than Maggie and West. Still, not a bad read.