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Every Other Weekend

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Can life begin again…every other weekend?

Adam Moynihan’s life used to be awesome. Straight As, close friends and a home life so perfect that it could have been a TV show straight out of the 50s. Then his oldest brother died. Now his fun-loving mom cries constantly, he and his remaining brother can’t talk without fighting, and the father he always admired proved himself a
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For sniff, sniff, again four (sniveling noises), okay let’s try again four ( sobbing sounds, this comes from my husband because I told him the plot of the book and he actually started to sob while he was chopping onions for his signature meatballs!), okay FOUR OH GOD I CRIED SO MUCH, THIS BOOK IS REALLY SAD, HEART WRENCHING and I think I’m gonna binge watch “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “SNL” episodes to recover from it stars!!!

Wow, this is way of too angsty, heartbreaking, emotional
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Pages: 432
Publication: January 7th 2020

Witty yet poignant story of love in a hopeless place

Perfectly developed story about a pair of teens from broken homes who meet at the crappy apartment complex of their fathers, who have custody of them every other weekend. Both teens have heavy issues they are dealing with in their personal and family lives. They find escape, comfort and joy in being together when they would otherwise have nothing.

Jolene Timber is a rich girl from the city whose parents
Nov 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
this cover just added 2 years to my life
Susan's Reviews
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolute masterpiece! I wanted to insert so many quote-worthy passages from this extremely well-written novel, but I decided to let you discover the beauty of Abigail Johnson's prose for yourself. (I also want to use words like "stunning, highly intelligent, topical and relevant - A MUST READ!!!)

Abigail Johnson has created such endearingly unforgettable characters in Jolene and Adam. Jolene will crack you up with her wicked wit, her bravado and dramatic self-deprecating ways. She has
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"It was a love story. Not romantic exactly, but the kind of love that maybe lasts beyond passion and heartache. It was a story of friendship, with all its possibilities laid out in front of it."

What a powerful story of love that enflames between two teens in a hopeless world. What can I tell you about Abigail's writing? It's gut wrenching, inspiring, beautiful, and absolutely well worth every page. This is the third book that I've read from Abigail and she continues to impress with with her
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Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment building, the boy who thinks forgiveness makes him weak and the girl who thinks love is for fools begin an unlikely friendship. The weekends he dreaded and she endured soon become the best part of their lives.

This sounds like its going to be filled with everything I love in a YA contemporary.

‹ E-ARC kindly sent by the publishers at Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review ›

« Release date: 07 January 2020 »
Candace Robinson
I’m pretty picky with contemporary but I loved the writing and dialogue in this. It felt a little young to me which I feel like would be absolutely perfect for teens!
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure if it was Abigail’s intention to leave me sobbing on an airplane with no one to talk to about my feelings but here we are.
Susan's Reviews
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolute masterpiece! I wanted to insert so many quote-worthy passages from this extremely well-written novel, but I decided to let you discover the beauty of Abigail Johnson's prose for yourself. (I also want to use words like "stunning, highly intelligent, topical and relevant - A MUST READ!!!)

Abigail Johnson has created such endearingly unforgettable characters in Jolene and Adam. Jolene will crack you up with her wicked wit, her bravado and self-deprecating ways. She has had to
Samantha Young
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Other Weekend delves into many important topics for young people and Abigail Johnson does this with remarkable skill through the two very distinctive voices of Adam and Jolene. I loved Adam. His grief felt real and relatable, as did his flaws and actions, but mostly I loved his kindness and modern sense of honor. We need more heroes in YA like Adam! As for Jolene, she’s my kind of heroine. Passionate and driven, all the while hiding her vulnerability behind snark and banter. Jolene’s ...more
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
1st ~ 5 star read ~ of 2020!!!

"You made me want to be happy again."

I am mentally kicking myself for not reading this book sooner because now that I've read AND fallen completely in love with Adam and Jolene this book has easily become one of my all time favorite reads. I stayed up all night reading it and the reading hangover the next morning was 100% worth it!

"I want all of you. Prickly, funny, sarcastic, brilliant, and sometimes-a-little-mean you."

I loved that it made me laugh out
Queen Cronut
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every Other Weekend has reminded me that realistic fiction and romance are not overrated. I generally don't read this genre of books since I like to be far away from reality when I read but this one sounded interesting and I'm glad I gave it a shot.

Every Other Weekend follows two teens, Adam and Jolene, with complicated family issues who spend every other weekend together at a shady, run-down apartment complex. Despite seeing each other twice a month, their friendship leads to healing and
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam and Jolene are two teens from broken families, forced to spend time with their respective parents in a run-down apartment complex "every other weekend." Their apartments have balconies near each other and soon these two angry, edgy young people are put into each other's dysfunctional orbits. Like all of Abigail Johnson's books, I finished this book in a matter of days because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN, and let me just say that this author has reached a new level of awesomeness with EVERY ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it

Trigger Warnings: abuse, sexual assault
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
this is the cutest, most wholesome book i've read this year.
adam and jolene's scenes were immensely heart-warming and when i was experiencing them, their chemistry made me cry in loneliness.
the story, in general, was a mix of happiness and sadness. jolene's terrible parents, her being abused, adam's parents separating. i loved that it was not a simple novel, it was complex and real.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for sending me a digital arc of this book.

Adam Moynihan used to have a normal, happy life until his brother died in an accident two years ago. Now his mother constantly cries, his father moved out to a different apartment and he and his other brother can't be civil to each other for more than a minute. Jolene Timber's life has always been a nightmare but it got even worse after her parent's divorce. Her parents keep using her as a pawn in their fights
Kris (frantic4romantic)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I waited for this book. The author did a fantastic job of getting me hyped up to read it. Then, I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy via NetGalley. I have to say, it was worth the wait.

Adam and Jolene bonded over similar life circumstances — having to visit the their fathers every other weekend in the same apartment building. While their stories were very different, each of them found solace in each others company. Over time, that budding friendship turned into something much more. I loved
I wish Every Other Weekend could be required reading for every child of divorce. I'm almost 40 years old and I NEEDED to read this story. Jolene and Adam have 2 vastly different families, but they still get every other weekend childhoods. The grief, anger sadness, confusion, isolation, and booming silence never over shadows the whispers of hope that it will get better. I'm so thankful that this book exists and I was granted the privilege of reviewing an ARC thanks to Inkyard Press and NetGalley.
kelly {BookCrushin}
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my heart. The feelings, the sadness, the pain, the love! This book is a must read for any contemporary fan!
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is no secret that Abigail Johnson is one of my all-time favourite authors. And she did not disappoint with her newest release, Every Other Weekend. So many teens are impacted by their parents’ divorces, so I know this will be a relatable novel for many young people. Johnson captures all the devastation, hope, guilt and grief involved in family breakdown. All too real emotions, push and pull romance, heartbreaking family circumstances and authentic voices, this book will be another YA ...more
this was beautiful. stunning. heartwarming. quite a tear-jerker. funny. fluffy. definitely this is in top reads this year (:
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—.:* Quick recap!
This book is about two struggled teens who develop an unlikely friendship during their encounter on their fathers' apartment complex.
Read this book if you're a fan of heartwarming teenage first love story that featured hard-hitting issues.
You might want to consider it because it was 500+ pages long and some could be intimidated by the number, but I'd say you'll enjoy every single page. A lot of triggering behaviors were also featured in this book, such as parental abuse,
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adam and Jolene meet in the apartment building where there dads live in neighboring apartments. They both visit on the same weekends of the month and strike up a friendship. How do you maintain a friendship when you only see that person 5-6 days/month? What happens when you realize that one set of parents may be able to reconcile? Does a great job of showing the dynamics of a family struggling with a catastrophic loss. Also shows the deep pain that parents can inflict on their child when that ...more
Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin TEEN and Abigial Johnson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

“Look, are you going to be around a lot?”
“Every other weekend.”
He hung his head. “Me too.”
I didn’t bother with a fake smile. “Yippee.”

Every Other Weekend, my second Abigail Johnson novel I’ve read, was almost unputdownable for me. Not because it was a thrilling page turner, but because I was so invested in these characters I needed to find out what was going to happen next. I even had to put
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-2019
I really enjoyed this one. I was in the mood for a YA read and this ARC came in so it was perfect. Adam and Jolene (and yes I sang the song every time) spend every other weekend with their dads at the same apartment complex. They are neighbors. Jolene's parents have been divorced a long time and hate each other, but Adam's parents have just separated and he is new to this life. This book is 500 pages so there is a lot that happens. Adam's family has had a tragedy that ripped his family apart but ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jolene is an aspiring filmmaker and she wishes her life were more like the movies. Her divorced parents are the worst. They use her as ammunition to hurt each other and don't care at all how much damage they're doing to her in the process. She has to go stay at her dad's crappy apartment every other weekend, and those days are the longest of her entire month. Until Adam and his brother, Jeremy, come to stay with their dad in HIS crappy apartment every other weekend. Adam's parents are separated ...more
Caroline Bertaud
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dysfunctioning families is at the heart of the story. It's sad—for those kids—and hopeful, but they're quick-witted so it works very well. I hate to compare books as much as comparing siblings, like which one is your favorite, but I must say I liked EVEN IF I FALL a lot more. That said, I'm sure EVERY OTHER WEEKEND will speak volumes to thousands of teens in the same situation. Nice characters and a cute love story.
Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.

Every Other Weekend is the first book I’ve read from Abigail Johnson but it surely won’t be the last. I loved this dual POV story of two teens spending every other weekend together as they navigate their complicated home lives.

All Jolene wants is to be a filmmaker and escape her current life. The pawn in her divorced parents’ games, she likes to re-imagine her life as it would be if it was a movie—using her mind to direct the bad
Katy Upperman
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
You know those rare books that are so fantastically executed, with concepts so wonderfully unique, you wish you’d written them yourself? For me, EVERY OTHER WEEKEND is one of those books. I adored every moment I spent with this story. Abigail’s writing reads as effortless. Her character are so deftly drawn, they feel like real people; Adam and Jolene made me laugh out loud, and they also made me profoundly sad. I can’t recommend this story enough — please pick it up when it releases in January!
Makenna Fournier
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, 2019
I was so excited when I heard that this book was going to focus on two main characters dealing with having divorced parents because I grew up having parents who were divorced, and this book did not disappoint. We follow Jolene whose parents had a very nasty divorce, they use her as a pawn against each other, and really quite honestly don’t care for her other than as a means to get what they want were as Adam’s parents had an amicable split after a tragedy in their lives happen. Both of their dad ...more
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