Book Review: Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

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Under the Lights

Release date: August 23rd 2016

4 stars

In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—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.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Until Friday Night, so I was excited for this one. I like getting to go back to the same world but with different characters, who are still friends with the characters I already fell in love with from previous books. This time we got to see Maggie’s cousin Brady’s POV so we still spent some time with Maggie and West from Until Friday Night.

I knew going in that there would be a love triangle so I was prepared. And I didn’t hate it. Brady, Willa, and Gunner were close friends growing up and were just beginning to discover possible feelings for each other when Willa moved away. They never had the chance to explore what those feelings meant so when Willa returned years away, so did all the feelings. All three of them have changed since Willa left and navigating their old feelings and friendship with the new people they were was complicated.

I liked that this book was similar to Until Friday Night but different enough to stand on its own. It brought me back to the world of the Field Party that I fell in love with and added more dimension to it. It was an interesting dynamic between the three involved in the love triangle. Brady’s life had been pretty decent and his future was set because of football. Gunner and Willa were both broken in some form. Gunner was often ignored by his parents, and with his older brother off at college, the housekeeper was the only person in the house to show him affection. That housekeeper was Willa’s grandmother, who took her in after her mother kicked her out. Willa was also familiar with feeling unwanted by family and her and Gunner ended up having a lot in common, a good understanding of each other.

The relationship drama and personal drama was at the forefront for most of the plot. It made for a quick read. The three POVs worked well since with this style of series, the one not chosen in the triangle usually ends up being the main love interest in the next book and I liked both guys’ POVs. It gave me something to look forward to in the next book, if he does indeed become the main guy in the follow-up.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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