Under the Lights by Abbi Glines- Amy’s Review



I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed West and Maggie’s story.  I was looking forward to seeing where she would go in the second book.


3 stars


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 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 best 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. 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.

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I had a hard time writing this review because there were so many things I really liked about this book and things that I really didn’t. Abbi has always been a one click author for me, I’ve both loved and just liked her books in the past. Her style of writing and use of duel POV is something I’ve always enjoyed and this book was no exception. However I feel like I’ve read this book before, except the characters names were Sawyer, Ash, and Beau.

Brady is Sawyer the sweet sensitive one who’s the golden boy quarterback. Gunner is Beau the bad boy with daddy issues. And Willa is Ashlyn the gorgeous blonde who is first best friend and then love interest to both. Both these love triangles play out in a small Alabama town where football reigns and the players are seen as Gods.

Although Under the Lights has more hard hitting drama and loss, the underlying storyline is the same.
A tight knit group of friends as kids but, as is life they grow up and things, feelings, change. Along with those changes comes a whole slew of problems involving family, friends, loyalty, and trying to correct wrongs from the past.

Because I loved the Vincent Boys it was natural for me to like this book as well. While the story did grab my attention and kept me engaged until the end there were several inconsistencies, underdeveloped characters, and the abrupt ending that kept me from really loving this book.

While I can’t say this was a favorite of mine it won’t keep me from continuing with this series or other Abbi Gline’s books in the future.

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