Losing the Field
Series: The Field Party, #4
Author: Abbi Glines
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA, Sports, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★
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 don’t know… I have some mixed feeling about Losing the Field. In order to keep my thoughts straight, I’m going to bullet point this review with what worked for me and what didn’t.
- I flew through it. I read it in one sitting and it had my attention the entire time.
- I liked Tallulah. Her wanting to be outside of the spotlight was understandable. I liked that she didn’t really change with losing weight. I could identify with some of Tallulah’s feelings on being overweight and also losing a lot of weight. I understood how one person’s comments — especially someone you like — could influence you to lose weight.
- I liked Nash. He was a decent guy — even when he wasn’t the nicest. Nash’s rage and attitude was easy to understand. I liked how connecting with Tallulah helped him overcome some of his issues.
- Nash and Tallulah together. They were a cute couple.
What didn’t work:
- Coach Dace. Everything involving him was just…ick. I wasn’t actually upset with where his character took the story, only what became of the situation and the reactions to it.
- Haegan. That whole scenario just felt weird. I didn’t get why it really needed to be in this book with how it all worked out.
- The two things I just listed combined with all the slut and fat shaming were just too much for one book. There was just too much going on for one book.
When it comes down to it, I guess I just expected more from Losing the Field. I still enjoyed reading it, but it’s probably my least favorite book a series that I’ve really enjoyed.