Childhood Friends, Love Triangles, and Lots of Drama // Book Review: Under The Lights by Abbi Glines

“But in that moment all I could think was ‘I get it. Why people fall in love. I so fucking get it.'”

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Book Details

Title: Under The Lights (The Field Party #2)

Date Published: August 23, 2016

Number of Pages: 320 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

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📚 Series? 2nd book in a series. Can be read as a standalone.
📚 Genre? (Mature) Young Adult Romance.
📚 POV? Three POVs.
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Intense family drama. Rape. Slut shaming. Misogyny. Judgmental small towns. Infidelity.
⚠ Book Tags :  Love triangles. High school romance.
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 👦🏻👧🏻👦🏻❤💔❓💑🏈

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Book Blurb from Goodreads

In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

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.Copy of Budding Trio - Canva Banner (2)

About the Author

Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

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My Review

The book is about:

The story of the Lawton Lions continues with Under The Lights, this time focusing on Brady, the quarterback, and Gunner, the wide receiver. Our heroine is Willa, the childhood best friend of the two boys, and she’s now back in town after 6 years. She has her own troubles, so she promises to keep herself in check and avoid disappointing her family. However, with the two boys trying to get to her, will she even have the time (and the heart) to choose one?

What drew me in:

I usually stay away from love triangles because they had the tendency to be messy. I also feel bad for the person who ends up not getting picked. However, I want to push through with the series, so I decided to pick it up still.

Characters & connections:

This book revolves in the lives of Brady, Gunner, and Willa, but we still have a glimpse of the couple & other characters that we have met in the first book. Having familiarity in this manner is very nice to have.

Brady has caught my heart in the first book and I love him to bits. However, in this one, I felt strongly disapproving of many decisions he made. It was very frustrating for me to read.

Gunner, on the other hand, showed his vulnerable side and it is nice to know that he is not such a jerk, unlike the impression he gave on the first book. His POV is my favorite part of the book.

Finally, Willa is someone that I have a love hate relationship with. I empathized with her situation but there came a point that I fed up with her constant whining.

Everything I liked:

This book gives lots of drama.. so if you are into that, you are in for a treat. It was plot twist after plot twist, emphasizing on how dramstic rich people in small towns live.

Also, this time, I enjoyed the guessing game on who Willa will pick. I hope the other guy gets his own happy ending somewhere along the other books of the series.

Overall thoughts:

Surprisingly, the messed up drama of this series brought me some form of entertainment. I breezed through this one and it got me motivated to pick up the next installment.

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Significant Other 1: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Significant Other 2: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Audiobook Production:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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☁ FINAL VERDICT: 3.46/5 ☁

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♡ , Yna the Mood Reader

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