Under the Lights by Abbi Glines
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
I loved the first book in this series so I was very excited to get my hands on the second and third book in the series!
This book was very different than the first novel. The biggest thing different was that the reader was able to get three different perspectives: Willa, Gunner and Brady. Instead of just the two that would end up together, Glines provided the thoughts of all of the impacted characters of this story. On the one hand I liked it, but it did little to help the immaturity be bearable.
Willa and Gunner have had a crappy life - and they are only 17. I felt for both of them because they have both been in a "family" that hates and resents their living in their house and being born really. It messes with someone's mind when they know that everyone who they live with, everyone that they call family, can't stand the sight of them.
Brady has a loving family with a loving home to go to after school and have a warm meal made with love from his family. He was the odd one out, but thought that he knew everything about his best friends when he was growing up. Sad to say that he was left out a lot in the secrets shared because he couldn't relate to Willa and Gunner and they didn't want to make him feel awkward or obligated to comfort either one of them without knowing what to say.
I loved how Willa was trying so hard for her Nonna. Nonna is the only one who loved her and treated her like she was welcome to stay in her home. Willa was going to do anything to make her Nonna proud, but the boys were hard pressed to win Willa to their side and be the one that she picked out of the two, even though they had all been best friends 6 years ago.
Overall, I liked this novel. There were some rough patches, but with a case of a love triangle there was bound to be in the end. I figured out who Willa would end up with pretty early on and felt bad for the other boy. I also feel embarrassed for him because he kept trying so hard to no avail.
I'm interested in the next novel because the pairing of the two characters seems very odd to me. It should be interesting to see how it all goes together!
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