ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: Every Other Weekend
Author: Abigail Johnson
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Genre: YA Contemporary
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 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.
This was my first book by Abigail Johnson, and certainly will not be my last. This story quickly became one of my favorites, and I can’t wait to read Abigail’s backlist books. If you like ya contemporaries, then Every Other Weekend is definitely for you. There was so much to love! I found myself feeling different emotions as I read. I laughed a lot, but I also cried a lot too. I enjoyed the camaraderie between the two main characters, Adam and Jolene, and the friendship and romance. This book also tackled some tough subjects, like the loss of a loved one, and the very raw pain and heartache that stems from parents divorcing, and the impact it has on the children. I was so glad to see divorce discussed in a ya book, as I don’t think it’s a topic that is featured enough. I hope that this book reaches the people who need it, so they know that they’re not alone.
Please add this book to your TBR if you haven’t already. It’s out now wherever books are sold, and of course you can borrow it from your local library.
*I received an ARC of this book from a friend for review*
About the Author:
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.