Release Date: January 7, 2020
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What if your safe place…is a person?
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 coward by moving out when they needed him most.
Jolene Timber’s life is nothing like the movies she loves—not the happy ones anyway. As an aspiring director, she should know, because she’s been reimagining her life as a film ever since she was a kid. With her divorced parents at each other’s throats and using her as a pawn, no amount of mental reediting will give her the love she’s starving for.
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. But when one’s life begins to mend while the other’s spirals out of control, they realize that falling in love while surrounded by its demise means nothing is ever guaranteed.
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 memories into good ones. Adam, on the other hand, just wants his two separated parents to reunite and for life to go back to normal, or as much as it can ever be now that his eldest brother is dead. Both forced to spend every other weekend with their dads, Jolene and Adam become friends in their falling apart apartment complex.
Every Other Weekend contains such a realistic portrayal of teens. It also looks at grief, dysfunctional families, and trust problems. This heartfelt novel will leave you with all the feels as you watch Jolene and Adam slowly fall for each other in the midst of all of their hurt and pain. If you’re a fan of slow burns, you will most definitely love their relationship as they start off as shaky friends and transition into something else. Oh, and you’ll probably want to have tissues at the ready as you read this book.
Overall, fans of Katie McGarry will love Every Other Weekend! I’m excited to read the rest of Abigail Johnson’s backlist in the future.
*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.*
Abigail was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snow storms for year round summers, and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip (in a purple spiral bound notebook that she still has) and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high school production of Cinderella, and becoming a published author.
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Kristi @ConfessionsofaYAReadersays:January 8, 2020 at 8:18 AM
Jordansays:January 12, 2020 at 8:49 AM
Thank you, Kristi!
Sam@wlabbsays:January 11, 2020 at 3:46 PM
I am such a fan of Johnson’s books. She does family drama so well, and never fails to deliver the feels. You found some great pictures for your book aesthetic!
Jordansays:January 12, 2020 at 8:48 AM
This book was so good—I am definitely excited to read the rest of her books!
Hannahsays:January 19, 2020 at 12:43 PM
Loved your review!