Title: Losing the Field
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: Field Party #4
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
Losing his dream, his ultimate plan, and his future- Nash Lee never expected to be facing a life without football. One wrong move and it had all changed. Going back to school for his senior year no longer appealed to him. He’d rather not leave his house. Walking back into Lawton High School, seeing pity in everyone’s eyes was just another reality in his nightmare.
Revenge wasn’t a pretty thing. Tallulah Liddell had found it was rather controlling. The way you looked at life changed completely when you clung to the ugly notion. But she’d done it anyway. From the last day of her junior year when Ryker Lee had made a fat joke about her and Nash laughed with him, she’d been driven by pain. It wasn’t like no one had made fun of her weight before. She was used to that. What had hurt so deeply was Nash’s laughter. He’d always been the one person to notice her, include her, not treat her differently. But that one moment had changed it all. From the time she walked out of the school building to the moment she returned for her senior year Tallulah had been determined to lose weight and finally be the size her peers considered acceptable.
What she wasn’t expecting on her return was to find a broken Nash Lee who no longer smiled, rarely spoke, and didn’t care about anything or anyone around him. He was just existing. But the pain in his eyes she understood all too well. He was alone. He no longer fit into the perfect package.
I’ve been a long time fan of Abbi Glines. I started off reading her New Adult books and quickly flew through the Rosemary Beach and Seabreeze books. Her books are always fast reads, not too deep, and enjoyable. Plus, her series are normally pretty long, and she covers a wide variety of characters, so I’m never lacking in know what happens to someone. I love that aspect of it, because I am a curious soul and I always want to know someone else’s story.
Losing the Field is the fourth book in the Field Party series, but is a complete stand alone. For cohesiveness, and a complete understanding of all the characters that surround Nash and Tallulah, I highly recommend reading the first three books. They are all very enjoyable, quick reads that center around the football players in small town USA. They’re probably one of my favorite YA series because they’re full of drama, high school shenanigans, and of course football.
Tallulah Liddell has always struggled with her weight. From the time she was started school, it was a source of ridicule and embarrassment for her. But throughout all that time, she always felt protected by Nash Lee. Until one day he makes a stupid mistake, and Tallulah uses that to fuel a complete change in herself. When Tallulah comes back to school, she’s lost weight, a bit more confident, and out to get revenge on Nash Lee. What she doesn’t expect to find is a Nash Lee with a dashed football career, and a bitter, angry attitude. Fences are mended and Nash and Tallulah come together to help and support each other, but as always nothing is as good as it looks.
I really enjoyed the premise of Losing the Field. I loved seeing Tallulah come into herself and realize her full potential. And as a work of fiction it was great, and a five star read for me. I was able to get lost in the story and enjoyed every minute of it. Sure, it had a few parts that were slightly contrived and a little dumb, but when I look back on myself when I was in high school, they’re not as contrived as I see them now at 36. I’m also seeing a lot of complaints online about the fact that Tallulah was overweight and when she lost weight she became popular and everyone treated her differently. Have you been in a high school? Have you been overweight in a high school? Because I have, and for me, this was written in a way that felt very real to me, and mimicked my high school experience. I hit a growth spurt between junior and senior year, shedded some weight, and suddenly it was as if a whole new world opened up for me. Just something to think about…
5 Stars 🙂