Title: Every Other Weekend
Author: Abigail Johnson
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: January 7, 2020
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.
Adam and Jolene both have separated parents. They meet when Adam visits his dad on the weekends at his new apartment. Adam escapes from his unpleasant situation to be with Jolene, who also has a complicated family life. She stays with her dad’s new girlfriend on the weekends because he stays at work all the time to avoid her. She is used as a pawn in her parents’ divorce.
Though both Adam and Jolene spend time at the same building every other weekend in their fathers’ apartments, they have very different situations. Adam’s parents are separated but they still love each other. Jolene’s parents trade her back and forth, but don’t actually care about her. Though Adam’s father wants to give him attention, Adam pushes him away. At the same time, Jolene craves love but can’t get it from either of her parents. I liked that though they were similar, there were also drastic differences in their lives.
There was also an uncomfortable relationship between Jolene and another neighbour at the apartment. I won’t spoil what happens, because I don’t like to give spoilers, but there was an inappropriate incident that occurred. It was kind of predictable that it would happen because there were warning signs leading up to it, but Jolene didn’t notice them. It was a scary moment, but it made sense that Jolene would find herself in that situation.
I really liked the ending of this story. It was a great book!
Thank you Inkyard Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Have you read Every Other Weekend? What did you think of it?