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The Field Party #5

Making a Play

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The fifth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Field Party series—a southern soap opera with football, cute boys, and pick-up trucks—from USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Ryker Lee is finally enjoying his senior year—he has great friends, hangs out with hot girls, and is on track to get a football scholarship that will set him up for college. Despite this, a small part of him wonders if there’s more to life than parties and meaningless hookups—and if football even means as much to him as it does to his fellow teammates. And when he meets the new girl at school, his world totally changes…

Aurora McClay is new to Lawton. She’s grateful that her twin brother, Hunter, is star of the football team and can help her adjust to her new school, but she’s not grateful at how overprotective he is over every person she meets. Just because she is deaf does not mean people have to treat her differently. When she meets Ryker Lee, the two of them spark an instant and intense chemistry, one that proves to be controversial not only because of Ryker’s reputation as a player, but also because of Aurora and Hunter’s father’s bigoted views about who Aurora can and can’t date.

Aurora and Ryker know in their hearts that they are meant for each other. But can their relationship endure the turmoil of rumors and prejudice?

320 pages, Hardcover

First published August 20, 2019

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Abbi Glines

87 books85.4k followers
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 British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

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Profile Image for Kayla Brunson.
1,333 reviews243 followers
September 26, 2019
I don’t know why I still keep picking up books in this series. Maybe because I’m waiting for one to capture my heart like the first one did? Who knows. I just know that I’m disappointed again.

While this wasn’t as terrible as Losing the Field, it wasn’t anything remarkable either. This entire book takes place over the span of two weeks I believe. Two damn weeks. My eyes should be stuck in the back of my head from all of the times that I rolled them. Y'all, I was supposed to believe that these two fell in love and had all these feelings in 5 days? No thanks. I can deal with insta love if a book specifies that it will be about that. However, I can't deal with them falling for each other in two seconds flat.

The only thing about this book that I liked was that she tried to tackle issues about race. Ryker is black and Aurora is white. Her father is a racist and it brought up topics about race and living in a small town.

"She’s a white girl with a father who doesn’t want her with a black man It’s typical around here. Don’t seem to matter that I make more money than he does or that my ancestors were some of the first to settle in this town."

It was wrong, but it's still something that needs to be talked about. Which leads me to my other issue. I’m supposed to believe that a full-blown racist could just get over the fact that his daughter was dating a black guy in the process of a week. Sure, Jan.

I feel like I could go on and on about the issues that I had with this book, but I'm going to stop while I'm ahead.I haven't been able to find anything about if this series is going to continue but, I can’t say that I would be disappointed if it didn't.

Ratings of other books in series:
»Until Friday Night⭐⭐⭐⭐
»Under the Lights ⭐⭐
»After the Game ⭐⭐⭐
»Losing the Field ⭐

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Profile Image for Rhonda Ziglar.
3,533 reviews30 followers
August 21, 2019
5 SWEET LOVING STARS!! Wow....This story of Ryker and Aurora was so sweet and loving....I could not put it down. Their story touched my whole heart with the obstacles and love these two went through. I love Abbi Glines storytelling, she keep me engaged all the way through. This is one book and series you will want to read.
Profile Image for Amber Behnke.
389 reviews
August 13, 2019
I feel like their aren't character that Abbi Glines can't write. She has characters that deal with so much! She knows how to write the perfect book. I loved Ryker and Aurora. I never wanted this book to end!
Profile Image for Rachel.
390 reviews4 followers
August 12, 2019
I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down. All the challenges the characters faced in this book, set it apart in a wonderful way. My favorite line from the book was “ can I keep you?” After everything that happened it is such a sweet question. Can’t wait to see what’s next in the series.
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2,222 reviews4 followers
September 2, 2019
This whole book takes place over the course of A WEEK. I have other complaints, but my brain keeps getting stuck on that one.
Profile Image for Micheala.
902 reviews73 followers
August 11, 2019
I received this ARC from the publisher.

Abbi Glines blew her Field Party series out of the water with this one! I once said book 1 and 3 were the best but I think this one officially takes the top. I found myself so sucked into this book. The issues at hand and the characters were just plain amazing.

When this book was announced, having a deaf girl play the main character made me so excited to read it. I couldn’t help but think that this is finally being done, and why there are not more characters in fiction with such characteristics. I found the mixture of communication methods that she chose to use really nice and I loved her spunk. She consistently fought back against Hunter’s protectiveness.

Ryker has been known in past books for playing the field and this begins to roll over into this book. Don’t believe in love at first sight? Well, Abbi makes you believe because one Rkyer sees Aurora, everything changes for him. He finds out when introducing himself to her on her first day, when she was alone, that she is deaf and this isn’t an issue for him. Instead he just says that he wishes he paid attention to the sign language classes from when they were kids and vows to learn it for her. (Don’t mind me; just swooning here).

On top of Aurora, I love the book for the real life situations that we still do, unfortunately, find ourselves in. Their first hurdle is ensuring they communicate well with one another. They got that fixed real quick. The second being that Hunter and Aurora’s father is racist and will refuse that Aurora and the black Ryker dates. So much of the book they hold off saying anything to him until after Ryker plays the big game.

My only complaint against this book would be that I found the entire thing to go so quick. The entire book occurs within a week, with the ending happening after a small gap. Which you’ll see why, once reading it.

Overall though, I enjoyed this one so much and can’t wait to see what else, and who else, Abbi will bring to the Field Party world.
Profile Image for Michelle.
754 reviews13 followers
August 13, 2019
What an amazing book! Of course I don’t think there is a book that Abbi has written that isn’t. This is the fifth book in the series. This one is about Ryker and Aurora. Ryker being a player, not only on the football field but with girls, never thought that one look could change him. A green eyed beauty that made him not want to be the person he is, but someone so much better. Realizing how much of a jerk he really was was an eye opener. Aurora is new to Lawton. She is the twin sister of the Star QB, Hunter. But she is unique. She is deaf. And we see’s Ryker her world changed so much. He gave her the confidence to be herself and never once made her feel different due to her not being able to hear. Things that she didn’t do around other people, she felt comfortable enough doing with Ryker; such as , speaking out loud. The chemistry between them was instant. How eat each of them made the other such a better person. Aurora was warned about his past, but she didn’t care. This made Ryker do everything he could to not make any mistakes when it came to her. He even started to learn to sign. However, this was not the only hurdle they faced. Aurora couldn’t believe her father was against her dating a black boy. He was so against this, he sent her away. Ryker was a mess and Aurora was heart broken. But these two did find there way back to each other and her dad seemed to see what an amazing boy Ryker is and calmed down. This is another must read by Abbi. I loved it!!!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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340 reviews341 followers
April 23, 2020
Rating this book low was something I actually didn't expect. I love The Field Party series, sure it has its issues but its a really fun, entertaining series. However, this book was a tragic mess. The writing felt lazy and the characters lacked any depth or growth. The storyline also confused me as our Heroine and her brother kept saying their father was Racist despite him never saying anything racist about the male lead until the very end when it came out of the blue. I think Abby wanted to add a shock factor but instead it just felt forced.
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Author 66 books618 followers
August 19, 2019
Abbi never fails to make me devour a book and give me all the feels at the same time. This book was no exception.

We've all met Ryker but do we really know the man he's grown up to be since first meeting him?

Aurora is Hunter's twin sister and now the new girl in Lawton but she's more unique than just being new to town. She's not only beautiful but deaf.

Ryker is in his senior year and has no reason to want something serious at this point in his life but he's also not the same kid he used to be.

The first day at school for Aurora is also the moment that changed Ryker's life. Instantly they are drawn to each other. Aurora being deaf doesn't stop them from communicating. Ryker even start to learn sign language but her being deaf and Ryker's past reputation isn't their only obstacle. Her father is controlling and doesn't want her dating someone of Ryker's skin color.

Will they able to beat their obstacles?

Abbi did a fantastic job of writing a story that deals with differences and issues that we are facing in the society today.
Profile Image for ➳ johanna.
394 reviews7 followers
August 22, 2019
Things we do not appreciate:
1. No diversity until the FIFTH BOOK in a series
2. Cheating and/or encouraging cheating
3. Insta-insta love, like, two seconds, the fuck?

Also my big problem with this whole series: all the guys be acting like the girls literally can't do a single thing on their own and telling them what to do. For example; putting on their seatbelts, carrying all their stuff, telling them to eat, and so on. BORING! It's not like they didn't live before they met y'all.

Otherwise pretty cute I guess. Likeable main characters. If the next book isn't Aza's i'm gonna flip.
Profile Image for Kate.
432 reviews
October 1, 2019

2.75/5 stars

Again, same issues.

Boy is a jerk, boy meets new girl who has hidden issues, boy suddenly becomes a wonderful and perfect human being because of said girl, deals with own issues or unforeseen thing that prevents their relationship. (In this case, deafness and race)

I wasn't even going to read this one, but I was stuck somewhere on Sunday with nothing else to do, and this was already loaded onto my kindle, so...

I was just laughing the whole time about the stupidity that is this book/series. I did, like with the first book (which is definitely the best of all of them), enjoy and was intrigued by the female love interest's "problem". For Maggie in the first book, she was a mute due to trauma, and Aurora in this one was deaf. I don't think I've ever really read a story where the MC is deaf, so it was interesting to see how that played out in the story.

However, again, I was just really annoyed overall about the plot itself, and how immediately after meeting Aurora and the five days afterwards, Ryker was suddenly a "good" guy and would never hurt/treat Aurora like he did his other female peers. The insta-love was so cringy and idk, this story was just so extra. Again, I hate all the sexism, racism, and general shaming of females other than the female protagonist.

This series is seriously overrated.
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825 reviews117 followers
August 22, 2019
Hace AÑOS que no leía un libro de Abbi Glines. ¿Por qué? Bueno, no recuerdo cuál fue el último, pero sí me acuerdo del sentimiento de decepción y de la profunda sensación de que ya no era lo mismo. Quizá yo cambié (probablemente), o quizá ella cambió, pero pasó de ser el tipo de autora cuyos libros esperaba con ansias, al tipo de autora que ya no leo.
Pues bien, ayer estaba aburrida y me di cuenta de que publicó un nuevo libro. Este, el quinto de la saga The Field Party, de la que sólo había leído el primero. Leí la sinopsis y dije... ¿por qué no?
No me arrepiento, la verdad. El de Ryker y Aurora es un romance tierno y entretenido, con una pequeña cantidad de drama. Me hizo sonreír.
A pesar de eso, hay ciertas cositas que justifican el rating que le estoy poniendo. Primero, el gran conflicto del libro , además de tener lugar en los últimos capítulos, se soluciona de una forma demasiado burda. Segundo, relacionado con lo anterior, el final queda un poco en el aire. Le faltaron capítulos, para cerrar bien la historia. Finalmente, me habría gustado ver más de la relación entre Hunter y Aurora (de esa complicidad que se supone que caracteriza a los hermanos).
Profile Image for Anissa Leon.
33 reviews1 follower
February 28, 2020
Where to start?
First of all let’s start with the least offensive matter. Insta love is one of my least favorite tropes in books. And this book, this one is the most insta love thing to happen like ever! One week. That’s all it took for them to fall in love.
Now on to the big ones.
Although one of the main characters was black—which initially I was so stoked about—the lack of research involving a POP was very apparent. The main male character, Ryker, has a sister. His sister, about eleven if I remember correctly, is meeting the female lead and love interest who is white. And the first thing out of this eleven year old black girls mouth is “I wish I was white so I had hair like that” ......
I’m serious. That was the line. I was so close to DNF-ing this book after that. For that to be a line in a book in this day and age is very ridiculous. For it to be written by a white women tells me this is what she thinks black girls and women have think when we see white women, “man I wish I had hair like that”
This line was so disheartening. And i know some people may roll there eyes and say it’s not that serious but it is. It’s more than just hair for black women and little girls. Do your research. Maybe the line wouldn’t have the affect it had on me if it was followed up with “no, your beautiful the way you are” or “you have beautiful hair” or “you’re beautiful in the skin you’re in” But there was none of that. Just a sad little black worshipping at the feet of a beautiful unattainable white girl 🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️ Honestly what the hell was that line!!
And there was plenty of other things in this book that bothered me. Like the way Nova was described (she was black). She over sexual and had a “I’ll fight anyone attitude” Seriously she tried to fight some girl in beginning of the book and it was just like 🙄🙄🙄 really? Stereo typical black girl always trying to fight and always over sexualized.
Oh and let’s not forget that the female leads dad was racist. He literally told her “you will not date a black boy” and packs her up to stay are her grandmas when he finds out she’s hanging out with said black boy. And then we don’t even deal with that—it’s glossed over by the end of the book and the dad had a “change of heart” and is okay with them being together..?!?? Like wtf. Having such strong subject matter in book just to drive your plot is poor taste. Don’t use racism as a plot point especially if there’s no realistic resolve.
There was so much that could have made this book better but it feels like it was a rush “here I can be diverse” piece of crap.
I feel like with Abbi Glines attempt at inclusivity she came off as arrogant and very ignorant about subjects she had no business attempting to depict until she was better educated in them.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Gabby.
341 reviews77 followers
December 27, 2019
These books have never been great in quality, and each one is slightly worse than the last. And this one was bad. Somewhere between 1 - 2 stars. I just really had no time for the gross comments and poor handling of disability, attitudes to sex, racism, etc.

Review to come soon, maybe.


I’ve never given any of the books in the series more than 3 stars, but I’m wondering if I reread them all, would I lower my ratings?? Like did I gloss over some of the bad points? Maybe the me from 2/3 years ago might not have picked up on some of the things present me has. Like this book — and my memories of the last one — have really made me question if I rated too kindly.
Profile Image for Luisa.
24 reviews
August 21, 2019
I decided a long time ago that I was ready to bypass all the female rivalry and slut-shaming in the all the books of this series, for the sake of my love for this author and the plots, but this one was bad.

First, I’m not really fond of delicate, porcelain, fragile kind of heroine, who are always crying, blushing and wide eyed. Bleh, boring and annoying.

Second, RUSHED, stop for a moment to blink and you lost half of the book, insta love, insta drama, insta solution, insta everything that turned in insta hate for me.

100 pages more and it would make much more sense, I’m sure.
Profile Image for Kaitlyn.
629 reviews773 followers
August 5, 2021
Insta love to the absolute max in this one. It was cute for a bit and Ryker definitely was in love with her, but come on this entire book was only during 1 week of time. Only a week of him and Aurora knowing each other and I think I love you was said after 2 days. I’m sorry no matter how cute half the scenes were I couldn’t get past that. Also the ending.....fuck no.
Profile Image for Kendra Myers.
346 reviews11 followers
August 19, 2019
Abbi Glines makes me want to go back to high school and do it all over again. That's saying a lot, because I absolutely hated high school. These boys are so swoon worthy! Why were none of them in my high school?!

Aurora and Ryker have a love story filled with almost equal parts drama and happiness. As happy as they make each other you'd think people would be happy for them. However there sure are a lot of people trying to stand in their way of that newfound happiness. I just kept thinking why can't people just let them be?!

Aurora has a horribly controlling father, but she has a backbone! She stands up for herself and is one strong girl. I couldn't help but feel proud of her for not wanting to go along with her father's backwards ways. Ryker keeps trying to prove himself, trying to change her Dad's mind. Only time will tell if they can survive the drama and be happy together.

I was enjoying their love story so much. Enjoying how they were becoming better people for each other. Then Abbi sent my heart into a nosedive in the last half hour of the book. I'm pretty sure I didn't take a breath for that entire time!!! This is why I love Abbi's book, just when I think I know where the story is going she throws me for a loop.
This book was a perfect addition to the series. I only wish they came out faster because I want the next one right now.

Profile Image for Emily.
653 reviews4 followers
September 6, 2019
This book has some #ownvoices issues. I did listen to the audiobook, and the male protagonist was black, but the reader was white. The female protagonist was deaf and the handling of the cochlear implant was clunky and too easily resolved.
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155 reviews24 followers
February 9, 2022
I absolutley adored this book. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series as it comes out!

Aurora and Ryker were so adorable and I loved their relationship so much.

This may be my favorite one!
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3,276 reviews104 followers
August 18, 2019
Ryker and Aurora was such a beautiful powerful story to read. From the moment we meet Aurora you can tell she is going to be special. I loved reading Ryker fall completely under her spell. There are some very real subjects dealt with in this book and Abbi does them justice. Another good book in this series.
Profile Image for ✨ Lucy ✨.
327 reviews82 followers
August 27, 2019
I didn’t know how to say it, but I think I really didn’t like this book. I loved every book of this author.EVERYONE except for this.
I found it banal. This love story didn’t make sense to me. Their story lasted only a week and she made it look like it lasted a lifetime. And this made the story only more unrealistic. Maybe I’m exaggerating but that’s what I think. So ⭐️⭐️stars.😔
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42 reviews5 followers
August 28, 2019
I absolutely love every one of the Field Party books so far, for their feel-good romance and realistic and relatable characters. Each story shows two young loves facing real-word problems that they have to overcome, and Abbi Glines writes them each so well, readers are given insight to how people have to deal with these issues. Previous themes have been: PTSD, death of a loved one, drug use, family drama, being a teen mom, and problems with self image.

Continuing on with these mature themes, Making a Play addresses bigotry and racism, as well as a girl who struggles with being hearing impaired. Underneath these serious themes, though, is an adorable love story and a mutual love for football that binds this series together.

Ryker and Aurora, our couple in the story, are completely adorable and I loved their chemistry. Ryker is known for being a playboy, but Aurora's entire being calls to him like no other. Aurora is sheltered and naive, but Ryker makes her want to break from her shell. Watching them help each other, to break their walls and learn about love was all I needed in this book for me to love it. It was perfect. Honesty, the only thing I could ask for is just MORE, since each book has a fairly quick ending that gets carried on into other novels in the series.

I also want to mention that I think this book had some mirroring elements to book one (which was my favourite of the series- tells you how much I loved this one, too). Which is pretty adorable, since the series has moved on to a new generation of Lawton Football players since then. But still, the parallels are there: the idea of a playboy falling for a sweet girl, a troubled girl who trusts him and becomes his undoing, and having to work their relationship around their family drama and their protective QB.

These parallels made me love this book even more, not just because these are some of my favourite themes of the series, but because it feels like a full circle moment that the reader can't help but smile as they compare Ryker/Aurora with West/Maggie.

I will never stop reading these novels, and I hope there are more Field Parties to come! This story gave me some characters to root for in future books, including Hunter, Asa and even Nova (I think she'd make an interesting love interest!). Please, Abbi, give us all the books 🤞🏻

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Author 1 book15 followers
August 17, 2019
THIS BOOK SPOKE TO ME! It was amazing! My family have all interracial relationships and they were faced with the same challenges. When it is worth the fight you just know. I love how Aurora stood up for herself. Being deaf isn’t the only thing that defined her. While Ryker knew that football wasn’t the only thing that defined him either. I’m glad teens can read this and relate it to it. It is good to learn these lessons as soon as possible. This was my MOST FAVORITE QUOTE in the book!!!! “Love was finding your own happiness in witnessing someone else’s. It was finding perfect peace in simply holding that person in your arms. Love was the sudden burst of joy from their smile.”
94% broke my heart and put it together again! This series just keeps getting better and better!!!! I’m in love... but it is Abbi soooo would you expect anything less? Lol
I was good at reading faces, expressions, especially eyes. They were the window to your soul, if only someone looked closely.

I’d never seen green like that before. I wasn’t sure there was an adequate description for that color green. But Jesus they were piercing. Like they could read your soul.

gave me one more smile. Holy fuck. How did she do that? It was like a bolt of lightning in my chest, and I wanted more of it.

when she’d been sitting there staring up at me with those big green eyes, I just hadn’t cared about anything other than getting to know her more. She drew me in with silence, and it was impressive and scary as hell.

Tallulah hadn’t just saved my cousin; she’d forgiven me, too. Even when I didn’t deserve it. That kind of generosity is humbling. It makes you think before you speak.

I glanced down at her beside me; last night might have been my last first kiss. That should have scared the hell out of me.

She let out a little surprised sound, then eased against me. Her body fitting me perfectly. This week had been the best one of my life. All because of her.

Earlier Nash had said something about me being quiet after a big win, and I’d just grunted in response. Then he’d said if he didn’t know better, he’d think I was in love. I had replied, “Yeah.”

🤩🤩🤩🤩Love was finding your own happiness in witnessing someone else’s. It was finding perfect peace in simply holding that person in your arms. Love was the sudden burst of joy from their smile.

“She’s a sweet girl, like I said. But she’s only now getting a taste of the fight ahead of her. You can’t be sure she’ll survive it or want to even try. You. Just. Met. Her.” He said the last four words slowly and with a hardness in his voice, as if he couldn’t get me to comprehend that one fact. “I. Love. Her,” I responded.

Was I worth the fight she’d face?

“Find you a man who will build you a porch bigger than you need and smile while he’s doing it. That’s the keeper.”

If I had believed in a fairy tale with a guy so quickly and easily, I was a walking disaster. I couldn’t be trusted to make smart decisions.
August 20, 2019
I always look forward to August because Abbi Glines usually releases a new book in The Field Party series. I love the high school “Friday Night Lights” themed books and Abbi’s Field Party series stands out among the others.

Making A Play is quite different from the other books in the series because it deals with physical issues, social issues, and contemporary peer issues. It gives an honest insight into today’s high school environments as well as small southern town life.

Aurora McClay has moved to Lawton to live with her father and twin brother after their mother gets remarried and moves away. She had attended a high school for the deaf but now finds herself entering a mainstream high school that her brother attends. She’s excited but knows it’s going to be challenging. The one thing she never imagined would happen was that her brother would be extremely overly protective to the point of being obnoxious. She never expected to meet a boy that would capture her complete attention on the first day of school. It’s too bad this boy is completely off limits as far as her brother and father are concerned. Ryker Lee not only has a bad reputation as a player but also has the wrong skin color. Her heart wants what it wants and love always finds a way.

Ryker Lee is looking forward to his senior year. He never imagined he would experience love at first sight let alone fall for just one girl. It’s not his style until he meets a different kind of girl, Aurora McClay, his teammates twin sister. It doesn’t matter if Aurora is deaf, he will learn to sign. It doesn’t matter if her brother hates him, he won’t back down. Getting past her father’s overbearing control and racist attitude is a challenge. No obstacle will turn his heart away.

They both will have to withstand all the obstacles in their paths but both are strong, determined individuals who know what they want. They want each other.

Abbi Glines did a fantastic job with this book. Ryker and Aurora’s relationship was based on respect while still being sweet and romantic. I am in awe how Abbi delivered the story which dealt with a physical handicap and sensitive social issues while staying on a neutral playing field. This made Aurora and Ryker come to life in a much bigger way.

Making A Play by Abbi Glines is the best book in the Field Party Series. Read It!
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363 reviews18 followers
August 21, 2019
Making a Play is the 5th book in Abbi Glines' Field Party Series and follows, Ryker, the very popular football star whose reputation as a player and a jerk and Aurora, Hunter's twin sister that many didn't know existed until she moved to Lawton to live with Hunter and their father.
Like the first four books in this series, I absolutely loved this one. Each of the books in the Field Party series address extremely serious topics, such as death, illnesses, cheating, sexual assault, teen pregnancy, drugs, etc., that are hard to talk about but affect everyone in some way. Making a Play was no different. This book was special because it brought us Aurora who was such an amazing heroin whose life had always been filled with challenges. Unlike her twin, Hunter, who was popular and healthy, Aurora was deaf. Being the new student in Lawton, a school that didn't have the services to really assist Aurora, she found herself having to adjust to new things and even new forms of communicating.
Ryker and Aurora were immediately drawn to one another, but of course theirs was a relationship that a lot of people frowned upon, especially Aurora and Hunter's father, who was a racist and did not support an interracial relationship.
I really liked Ryker in this book. We saw such a different side of him.

Making a Play touched on the fact that we live in a society in which people who look different, or people who are different, are treated unjustly and. unfairly. Instead of embracing everyone and their different abilities or their different physical appearances, some people become some closed minded that they will use their power of authority to try and control certain things, such as Aurora's dad sending her away because he disapproved of her relationship with Ryker, because of the color of his skin.

Both Ryker and Aurora faced a lot of adversity and obstacles, but regardless of those challenges these two found a way to communicate, be with each other and love each other.

I say it again, the Field Party Series is filled with extremely relatable characters facing real issues and finding a way to work through those issues finding their own voice.

Abbi is just amazing at creating characters that impact you in one way or another; in creating characters who face issues that affect our society today.
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288 reviews21 followers
August 25, 2019
Making A Play was the perfect ‘end of summer’ read. Aurora Maclay moves to the small town of Lawton thinking it would be the worst decision of her life. She soon realizes that it would not be a problem. Ryker Lee is a heartbreaker, and he is always seen with someone new on his arm. This all changes when the new girl catches his eye. Abbi writes beautifully, even when she writes about the harsh truth and reality behind bigotry and adversity. I loved the meet cute aspect of this love story. Abbi Glines always knows how to capture her readers in this beautiful series. From page one, I just knew it would be a page turner and a five star read. It will definitely be one of my favourite rereads.
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794 reviews22 followers
August 22, 2019
I really liked Ryker’s character and how he changes and grows. He sees the person he use to be and doesn’t like it once he meets Aurora, Hunter’s twin sister. Aurora is different from any other girl he’s met, she’s deaf. But she’s strong and doesn’t back down. She stands up for what she wants. I really liked her. She became more confident once she met Ryker. But once she’s faced with losing something she grows stronger and knows she can do anything if she can survive that.
Aurora is innocent but she’s willing to fight for what she wants and will figure a way to do so. I couldn’t believe Aurora’s father, how he’s so controlling and he’s a racist who doesn’t see past a persons skin color. I wish there had been more at the end and it hadn’t been wrapped up so quickly.
I highly recommend this book.
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416 reviews34 followers
September 10, 2019
This was undoubtedly my favorite book of the whole Field Party series! Abbi delved into an issue that is as real and true today as it was years ago. Ryker and Aurora's story was amazing in so many ways. There was so many differences between the two that at first I really didn't see how they were going to make it. But Abbi did what Abbi does best, wove a story that touched my heart and made the impossible, possible. Making a Play just reminded me how talented Abbi Glines is as a writer.
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