My reading tips this week is the cute and romantic Field Party series by Abbi Glines. This series is the perfect read to get you out of a reading slump, I binge-read all three books in just two days!
The books in the series are light, fluffy and sweet, but still have more of a serious undertone than you might expect. The stories are all about high school, football, field parties, falling in love, but they also deal with difficult issues such as teen pregnancy and rape, sickness and loss of loved ones, absent parents, infidelity and mistakes that costs you everything, but they all leave you with hope in the end. This is a series about the healing power of love. How love can help you survive the most tragic events and make you strong.
Each book in the series has different narrators, so they can be read as standalones, even though they are continuations of the same group of friends in the small town Lawton, Alabama. My favorite book in the series is the first one, Until Friday Night, but I really enjoyed the others as well, and especially the appearances of the main characters from the first book throughout the series.
The books are full of clichés and have a bit too much of the strong male hero that needs to be saved by the sweet, gentle girl, but I have to admit that I loved it! I binge-read all three books in just two days.
I really liked that the stories had an overall very somber vibe as both the hero and the heroine face loss within their families or other tragedies. I also really appreciated how Abbi Glines allowed her characters to make honest, realistic choices and how she allowed her characters to grow throughout the series.
But yes, there are some things that were not great in the books. Like how they all follow the same formula with the popular rich bad boy and the poor, broken and innocent girl, the slut-shaming and the division of all girls as either saints or sluts, the love triangle in the second book, Under the Lights. But still, I would definitely recommend this series to anyone looking for a nice, pleasant read, with a serious undertone, or for anyone wanting to get out of a reading slump.
Find out more about the books and the author here: Abbi Glines