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Published by Simon Pulse on August 23rd 2016
Narrator: Jacques Roy, Jeremy York, Rebekkah Ross
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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Source: Simon & Schuster Audio
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.
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Audiobook Review: 4,5 Stars
Story: 4 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
What a twisting, crazy and awesome story!
Oh. My. God! I’m still in awe with all the drama in this book. How is it possible that Abbi Glines writes a book with this amount of drama, doesn’t write a single sex scene─it’s young adult, I know, but some YA books have sex in them, right? RIGTH? ─and I still loved every second of it? Well, I don’t know but I’m sure Under The Lights was an amazing book that broke my heart in so many pieces, shocked me with several revelations and left me satisfied with the ending—sort of.
Under The Lights tells the story of Willa, Gunner and Brady. They were inseparable when they were kids, they were like the three musketeers, and as they were growing up, friendly affection turned into something more strong, Willa fell in love with both boys, they both fell in love with her, but it was all platonic and between children. Sadly, Willa was sent away to live with her mom and they lost all kind of contact. Six years later, she’s back, but she has a secret, a dark and ugly secret and she’s warned to steer away from her old best friends, Gunner and Brady.
A few chapters after I started listening to the audio, I wasn’t sure who should I root for, because both Brady and Gunner had chapters with their POV, so I was able to read how they were truly feeling about her being back. They were so happy to see Willa back home, and they both started pursuing her, one of them was more interested in her in a romantic way while the other wanted to be her best friend again, and at some point I was sure it’d be one of the guys but then I wasn’t so sure if it was going to be the other one.
As the story went on, I was hooked with all their stories, the drama in their families in addition to their teenage drama. I loved reading how their friendship was getting stronger, no matter how much Willa’s grandma wanted her away from the boys, or how their feelings got in the way. There was a moment when there was a #LoveTriangleAlert and I was thrilled with it, I mean, teenage drama plus love triangle drama equals best plot twist ever!
But…. and here is why I don’t give 5 stars to the story, I felt the ending was kinda rushed. Don’t get me wrong, I LOOOOVED how this story developed and I loved even more how it ended, but I want more, I NEED more!! Maybe I’ll get it in the next book of the series, After The Game, but august 2017 seams so far away, so I’ll just catch up with the first book of the series and wait for the third one #ThankGodForThe100BooksIWillReadInBetween
The narrations of Jeremy York , Rebekkah Ross and Jacques Roy were absolutely perfect. I loved how their performances matched their sassy personalities, and of course they shown all kind of emotions with their smooth and strong voices. My favorite of the narrators was Jeremy York, he did amazing for Gunner, showing his anger and rudeness and cockyness, transmitting his dissapointment and desire to give up, but also he did great job with his positive feelings, love, understanding, support. But what really did it for me in this audiobook, was Rebekkah’s performance when Willa was telling all the truth about what happened to her six months ago, it left me crying and wanting to hug her and tell her it wasn’t her fault.
All in all, the audio version of Under The Lights was a great companion for this awesome book. I highly recommend it.