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Under the Lights

(The Field Party #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  18,202 ratings  ·  1,474 reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Gaya I don't know what this series is about, but I can assure you, this is not about Nate and Bliss, though I share your anticipation. Abby said that there…moreI don't know what this series is about, but I can assure you, this is not about Nate and Bliss, though I share your anticipation. Abby said that there won't be any book about Nate and Bliss until The Rosemary Beach series is complete. It is not complete yet. And even after that she will take time because it will be awkward to write book about the kids when the series about their parents is still fresh. She doesn't want to age Rush and Woods so soon.(less)

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Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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Under the Lights is the second book in Abbi Glines’ The Field Party series. It’s YA, but I would call it a mature YA. Glines uses the same formula in most of her books- and that works for me. Her books are usually easy, fun, quick and hit the spot for me. This one had a bit more angst than some of her others. As you can probably tell from the blurb, Gunner and Brady… two guys… love triangle(ish).

Willa has come back to Lawton after moving away with her mom. She’s been through some ter
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it


Wait it’s over? Why did this story end so abruptly and will this couple have a book two?


Seriously other than the Lawson family drama-rama which was a tad on the ridiculous side as the reveals just kept coming, I actually REALLY liked this story. I thought the story flowed well but I must stress as with the prior book in this series I was rushed out of so many scenes that I felt so much more could be written. I loved Willa a ton and her backstory was truly heartbreaking. This love triang
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We all make mistakes, it's human. But what do you do when a mistake costs you everything, including your freedom? For Willa Ames, the answer is to run back home to her Nonna and the town of Lawton. She left six years ago to live with her mom and was never allowed to come back for a visit. Which meant her two best friends, Brady and Gunner, got left behind also.

They're all grown up now, and so are their feelings. When Brady and Gunner see Willa again they feel far f
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Things you may not know about me. I am from the South and I love Abbi Glines. Oh and I am in love with this series that absolutely resembles my high school experience. Here in Tennessee football is king, whether it's high school, college or professional ball. Going to the game on Friday was never a question, you didn't miss the games.

Willa, Gunner and Brady were best friends up until they were eleven and Willa moved away. Brady and Gunner continued their friendship and went on to be star footba
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Great second book in the series.
I loved it!
I just think that it would've been better without the whole love-triangle thing.
Brady shouldn't have been in this book as much as he was. We know that the next book is about him and I didn't much like that he thought he was in love in this book :/
BUT - I really enjoyed reading Gunner's story!

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*** 3.5 Stars!!! ***

This is the second book in the series by Abbi Glines.. I was a tad bit disappointed in this one, only because our main couple never did have sex... and certainly didn’t even have many intimate moments in anyway.. If anything, they seemed to have more of a friendship going on instead of a hot and heavy relationship that I usually like in my romances.

Other than that though, it was a good read and I will be interested to see how the next book carries on in the series.
Anne OK
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads
After the first book, I was really looking forward to the second installment. Big mistake! Thoroughly disappointed -- especially in the whacko ending. Just left me speechless and thinking boy was I a sucker to wait one whole year for that kind of ending! That's all I'm saying.

P.S. I forgot to mention that these books are way over-priced as well -- $10.99 for Kindle!
Beth Hudspeth
Aug 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Reviewed by: Hello Beautiful Book Blog

Great representation of small towns in the south. However, the characters, storyline, and overall concept was played out and insincere.

I’m just going to start by saying what I’ve said in the past, I end up disliking these books, but guess what – I keep going back to them. Do I like the torture or am I just in denial? Who knows, but I found this book painful. Not in a sense for the characters having a painful situation, but just for the story in general.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"But in that moment all I could think was 'I get it. Why people fall in love. I so fucking get it.'"


The swoon level of this book was off the frigging charts!

And it has the most killer plot twists ever! I can't.

This was told from three perspectives which made me guess who the main couple was for what felt like forever. I swear it got to the point where I shipped Willa with different (hot) guy every chapter right until the 50% mark. Willa was a lucky girl. Sigh.

rachel ☾
Feb 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Wow, I did not expect to dislike this more than Until Friday Night but I did. If you cannot stand sexism, slut-shaming, misogyny, arsehole love interests, love-squares, Bella Swan-like female characters or books which use rape/death/tragic circumstances as plot devices, run. This book is not for you.

Please be warned that this review will contain spoilers.

The slut-shaming and sexism were inexcusable. This book draws on a common romance trope that I absolutely despise: dismissing all female charac
It was an incomplete book... I am so confused as to how it could just end like that.

Here is everything we still don't know..
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Jan 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Beatrice Masaluñga
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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. ...more
Brianna ☯
Aug 28, 2015 marked it as to-read
Abbi confirmed that this is Brady's book! Yay! ...more
this was absolute garbage and so unbelievably cringey Jesus Christ
Ryan Buckby
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
First Read: January 16th 2017
Re-read: July 26th 2021

when i first read until friday night i thought it was a stand alone contemporary novel and i was surprised to learn that it was getting a second book making it a duology, i thought the first book was ok and when i seen this book in the book section of my local book shop and learned it was set in the same town and same set of characters i had to see what was going to happen next for these characters, because i hate not finishing a series onc
 ••Camila Roy••
RATING: 3.5/5

I liked this, but the love triangle storyline was super unnecessary. This didn’t need a third POV at all. Also, it annoyed me when females were dismissed as bitches and treated with little respect. There’s no need to put down other girls just to glorify the main character.
So good

I m a huge Abbi Glines fan an I just luvd this book it feels like I was waitin forever for it but I could get enough once I started it this book there is a lil love triangle goin on this book with Hunter Brady and Willa they had been friends when they were younger but when Willa had to leave town with her mum an leave her nanny's house a lot of things changed there was so many young feeling goin around when they were younger but no one didn't anything cause they were young but now th
Erica ♋️✨📚
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book literally in one day it was so freaking good I loved all the characters and the plot was soooo good. The only negative thing I had with this book (doesn't affect my rating) was the "love triangle" I found it extremely unnecessary I knew from the beginning she would go for the bad boy. Would I recommend this series? HELL YEAH it's such a quick fun read great for the summer time or if your in a reading slump. ...more
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
It's been so long since I've read an Abbi Glines books. I think the last one I read was the first book in The Field Party series, Friday Night Lights. And boy did I love it! So my anticipation for Under the Lights was pretty huge. I just adore these types of books. High school, football, field parties, falling in love. It's all so different to how high school is here in Australia.

Under the Lights is told from three different POV's, Willa, Gunner, and Brady. I love how well Abbi pulls off the mal
Kylie Amber
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
I did not like this at all.
First off, I hated the main female character, Willa. For some reason Abbi Glines wrote her to be insanely whiny and have her repeat five hundred million times that she couldn't do something because she has to make her Nonna proud. It was annoying to have to read the same thing over and over.
Next, Gunner's situation had a huge plot twist. The first one was interesting and exciting but then she kept adding another aspect to it after 50 pages like (view spoiler)
Aug 28, 2016 marked it as no-way-jose
And this is just a reassuring note why I don't have any of this author's books in my kindle and I don't even remember her, just when she shows up in my feed. Then, I feel it's my job to keep reminding me and maybe other readers who have the same opinion.
I'm sorry but her stories are lame and she became a lazy writer. I think she's incapable of adding something new/different in her books. It's always the slut shaming versus the good virgin who the entire male population loves because she's the o
Quinn's Quippy Quotes
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Re-Read: March 2022

This is still my favorite of the series. I just love Gunner's vulnerability and Willa's heartbreaking back story. I just adore these two the most.

Re-Read 10/23/17

Still in love with these two.

Original Review: August 2017

4.75 stars!

What brought you back, Willa Ames?
Lies that covered the truth.

Daaaaaaamn, this was good. I love a good broken hero YA, but to have both main characters dealing with truly heartbreaking situations, just made me devour this!

Everyone looks at Willa Ame
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
This books was easy to read, I read it in two hours, however there were some parts that annoyed me a lot.
The story follows Willa, she moves with her grandmother, after her mother kicked her out, because something happened in the past. She used to be really close to Brady and Gunner and when she comes back, they suddenly are back in her life and they both like her.
The story was overall entertaining, but also really annoying.
I liked how easy to read the book was and I liked the multiple point o
Yna the Mood Reader
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
"But in that moment all I could think was 'I get it. Why people fall in love. I so fucking get it.'"

📚 Series? 2nd book in a series. Can be read as a standalone.
📚 Genre? (Mature) Young Adult Romance.
📚 POV? Three POVs.
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Intense family drama. Rape. Slut shaming. Misogyny. Judgmental small towns. Infidelity.
⚠ Book Tags :  Love triangles. High school romance.
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 👦🏻👧🏻👦🏻❤💔❓💑🏈

The book is about:
The story of the Lawton Lions continues
Why did I continue this series?!? Why do I like to torture myself?!? All good questions but in all honesty, I can't start a series and not finish it. So when I saw that this was only 4 books.. well, I kind of did a quarter toss and called either Heads or Tails to see if I should finish it. I feel like it was a lose lose situation because I lost the call on the toss and I still didn't think that this series is getting any better (in my eyes).

I still have the main characters. The slut shaming and
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

It pains me to rate this book as 2.5 stars, really it does. This was one of my most anticipated books that I wanted to read this year. After I read Until Friday Night last year I was salivating for this book and sadly it just did not live up to the amazingness that was the first book.

I admit that I kind of struggled through this one. I wavered on whether or not I wanted to finish it a few times during the last half. It was just so boring. In this book we get the POV of Willa, Gunner
The first Abbi Glines book I read was Until Friday Night, which is the first book in the series. I didn't like it, so much so in fact that I swore I would never read another book by this author, because life is too short. But then I wondered if it was really fair of me to dismiss a popular author because she wrote one clunker. Maybe Until Friday Night was just horrible and not indicative of her other works? And when Amazon dropped the price to a ridiculously low $7.61 for the new hardcover, I ha ...more
4.5 "Young to New Adult Romantic Gold" Stars for the story and narration!

Abbi Glines tore my heart apart and put it back together again in Under the Lights. I could not put my earbuds down desperate to learn more about the true circumstances that had shaped the lives of the characters in this high-school, small southern town based romance. In Under the Lights, Ms. Glines expertly weaves together a story that demonstrates her strength as a writer as she hooks the listener in by her ingenious slow
Mar 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
In this unfortunate follow up, we are introduced more thoroughly to Gunner Lawton and Brady Higgins who were friends to West Ashby in Until Friday Night. We discover that the two of them shared a childhood friend who had left six years ago named Willa Ames. At various points in their adolescence both boys had crushes on her, but she left when they were all eleven before anything got awkward. Now she is back and has a dark past she is trying to recover from. Gunner is also dealing with his own tw ...more
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Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be Britis ...more

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