Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

utlPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 3.83 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 23rd 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Summary (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.

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

After six years, Willa Ames is back in Lawton. She used to lived in her grandmother’s house since she was young. Her grandmother works for the Lawton family where she met her childhood best friends, Gunner Lawton and Brady Higgens. Things have changed when she went in a correctional center for girls for 6 months, she can’t forgive herself over an incident that made her feel guilty for her bad decisions. Healing and earning her grandmother’s trust again by doing good at school are her priorities. Being distracted by boys isn’t a good idea but Gunner and Brady cared and wanted her. Who will win her heart? Brady — the boy she had a crush on for a long time but has a girlfriend or Gunner — the boy whom she can trust on everything but unloved by his family and is complicated to be with?

I’m skeptical on continuing this series since I didn’t enjoy the first book that much. I decided to give it another chance and I’m glad it’s quite better. The Lawton family drama stood out in this book. It’s complicated, messed up and the revelations are so good. Gunner’s perspective is more entertaining than Willa and Brady’s persepective. Supposedly, I’ll give this 4 stars but I rated it down to 3 because the epilogue is underwhelming and I feel like there is no closure between Brady and Gunner (about Willa). Also, I want to know more about Riley’s story and I hope she’ll have her own book in the future. This sequel is good enough for me to continue the series.

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