[567]: Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines


Until Friday Night / Abbi Glines

Once upon a time, I was a big fan.  Back when New Adult wasn’t a thing. Back when she was still able to pass off her work as suited for her target audience. Slowly, her novels become one trick ponies. I’ve stayed away from her books since then. It’s been years. I thought I’d given it enough time. I thought   that between the time passing and the amount of books she’s written since then, there’s bound to have been some growth. Apparently, success does not necessarily equates to improvement in one’s writing prowess. That was naive of me to assume. However, I don’t blame her. I mean, why fix something that have been a proven formula from a financial stand point, right? Why stop when you’re only giving what the masses want?

Anyway, I had so much problems with this book. Ultimately, it’s the prevalent disrespect directed towards the girls  that turned me off, perhaps, permanently with Glines’  writing. I’m not a fan of douchebags, and unfortunately, West Ashby is guilty of this transgression. Nowadays, characters are given passes for acting this way. In West’s case, he’s going through some family problems. And while I’m able to forgive some, I just couldn’t do it with him.

Most of the characters in this book are superficial. Boys are hung up on how the girls look. There were mean girls and mean boys making fun of the girl who can’t talk.  It was just tiring to have to listen to them demean the new girl and the token slutty girl.I think my face had a perma-grimace while reading this book.

I was looking forward to reading this book because I like to read about characters who are blind, or deaf, or mute. This girl was mute because she chose not to speak after a traumatizing incident that happened in her life. I get that. What I didn’t like was how West was the only person she could speak to. Ugh. The token douchecanoe? Really? Apparently, they have this certain connection that makes him that special. 

You’re probably wondering why I didn’t just give up. Well, I haven’t given up on a book this year. Or perhaps I should just shut my trap since I’ve got nothing nice to say? That’s not me, though.

And I never said I was a nice person.

Simon Pulse | August 25th, 2015 | Hardcover, 336 pp. | 1 out of 5 Stars


  • Nicole Hewitt

    I’m getting tired of these jerk main characters too. I think I’ll skip this one.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Thank you for such an honest review-I don’t think I could stand to read it either. I have never read her and now I am staying away for good!

  • Ah no! I loved this premise of this book and it sounded good but now I’m not so sure I want to read this…if my library gets it in I might read it but otherwise I won’t go out of my way to read this book. Great review! <3

  • I was the same Joy. I remember reading, was it Fallen Too Far? the country bumpkin who goes off to find her father and ends up boarding with the rockstar. Book one I actually enjoyed, and usually I loathe new adult with a passion. But everything after that broke the illusion that she could write. To quote Bon Jovi, it’s all the same, only the names will change. I know new adult has a huge market, but why are readers reading the same crap over and over again. If this was adult or young adult, readers would be demanding more from their authors. I think I’d rather stab myself in the eyeballs with a hot poker. After your review, I’m washing my hands at her now too.

  • Aw, noo 🙁 I’m so sorry that this book was so awful o.O That is not good at all. Sigh. And you used to love the books by this author before? Sigh. That is so heartbreaking. I’m sorry this book sucked so much, lol. It would annoy me too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it Joy 🙂 You’re the best. <3

  • I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you 🙁 I sometimes wonder about authors that churn out the same story over and over. Surely it must get boring to write them, just as it is to read them?

  • Yeah, I’m also seeing the same things from contemporary romance authors as well-the same formulas. And yeah, they work, but I can only read variations of the same story for so long. This one sounds very frustrating, so I think I will pass.

  • I checked this out at the library and haven’t picked it up yet. Thanks for saving me from that! Ugh, I can’t stand the asshole men we’re suppose to fawn over. Little bit arrogant? A douche on occasion and when circumstances call for it? An alpha? Absolutely, gimme gimme. But the chronic dick? No, thank you. Great review!

  • I tried one of her earlier books and it wasn’t for me. I know she has a lot of fans, so there are people who love this kind of story, and that’s great, but I will pass…
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Wow, I would have given up

  • I don’t understand why those tropes still work. I don’t think I will be able to stand the mean girls, or the bad boys. I haven’t read NA in a while.

  • I love everything about this review, because of your brutal honesty. Thank you for the review 🙂

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I’ve always had that problem with NA, which is why I avoid it at all costs. They all seem like the same book to me. That in itself isn’t a bad thing if the formula is to someone’s liking, but this just doesn’t work for me.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I have so many issues with Glines’s novels too and they’re just so full of tropes that I can’t really enjoy them at all. I’m sorry to see this didn’t work for you (though not really surprised) but I hope your next read is a LOT better than this one, Joy!

  • Ack, sounds like this one I am going to be avoiding. I have seen the name Abbi Glines pop up an awful lot but I never felt compelled to try one of her books, probably because I am very selective with new adult and hers just seemed to general for me. And it sounds like that assumption has been confirmed. It sounds stereotypical and like things just happen and people are mean. Not for me >.> But kudos to you for sticking with it.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I haven’t read anything by Abbi Glines, but given that NA is typically more miss than hit with me, I feel like I should probably just stick with YA or adult:) The stereotypical a-hole in NA is a turn-off for me, there are some that work really well, but more often than not I just get irritated with them and it sounds like that might be the case here. Thanks for your thoughts on this one Joy!

  • Great review! I had the same issues with the story but gave it 3 stars because I did like her aunt and uncle, and Brady wasn’t too bad.

    I understand what you’re saying about Abbi’s books. I read Fallen Too Far and I honestly wasn’t impressed enough to keep going with the series. Until Friday Night didn’t seem like a YA read either. The whole experience just felt like a NA book but characters were given younger ages to call it YA.

  • kindlemom1

    LOL I love this review Joy, especially that last part.

    I’m so sorry this turned out to be a train wreck in all the worst ways. Wonderfully worded review though! I loved it. 😉

  • Joy, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 1 star review from you on the blog!! But ugh. I’m sorry this book was a disappointment. I was hoping that this one would be better than her NA books (I hate those), but it sounds like this is just as bad. The misogyny would drive me up the wall. I feel like when you’re a YA author, you need to portray your male characters as respectful towards women. It could give young readers wrong ideas otherwise.

  • Jazmen

    First of all I love your pic! The lighting, all of it works! 🙂 Secondly, I haven’t this on hold at the library. I was looking at it and I’m like meh. I feel like I won’t like it. I think I should pass especially after this review. Sounds like a huge disappointment!

  • Ksenia

    Long time ago I was an Abbi
    Gline’s fan too, but not anymore. I totally agree with you about proven formula.
    All her books are the same.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I feel the same way as you regarding this book. I DNF it, but from what I read, the disrespect towards women was disgraceful. I didn’t feel like being subjected to that kind of behavior….even if it was in a book! I was really disappointed …I’m glad you agree with me!

  • I’ve read one of her books and it did not go well. At all. So I’ve kept my distance. I contemplated reading this because a lot of people love it, and well, somewhat for the same reason is you. Because the book I read was one of her earliest, so I figured this must be an improvement. Ugh, we’ll see.

  • Melliane

    I heard so many wonderful things abot this author but I haven’t tried any of her books yet. I’m sorry this one was a disappointment for you but I totally understand, I’m not into characters like that either.