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.
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Touching and hilarious!
~Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!~
Every Other Weekend was both a touching and hilarious book!
Author Abigail Johnson and her characters have an amazing sense of humor. It was so good that I can’t even say whose sense of humor I loved more: Adam or Jolene’s? I loved the jokes that they would share with each other, and as characters they were both superb.
It made the romance very cute with the texts Adam and Jolene would exchange and when they saw each other in person. I didn’t like or get all of their jokes, but I got most of them. There was a good balance of humor and seriousness without things going into cringe territory.
Adam was my favorite character. He had issues with his brother Jeremy and their dad, but the development he went through was wonderful, working through his anger and making himself realize that anger wasn’t the way to approach things with his family. He realized that he needed to put effort in, and that’s the kind of character development that I loved!
It was touching to see how Adam and Jolene slowly started enjoying each other’s company over the course of the book and all of the weekends they spent together. Johnson actually made it so that their romance wasn’t some insta-love lasting only a few weeks.
I really appreciated how a good amount of time (at least six months) passed and was used to develop the romance from simple interest in someone you just met to something so much more than that.
The author herself said, however, this book was essentially two stories, one for Jolene and one for Adam. I vastly preferred Adam’s story to Jolene’s, not because Adam had the “happier” story between them, but because Adam’s story was well done while Jolene’s wasn’t.
Adam’s family’s grief over Greg’s death was something crucial to the book that couldn’t be resolved right away, but it was realistic in how it showed that letting go of someone isn’t as easy as it sounds.
By the end of the book, I knew Adam’s family: his brother Jeremy and their mom and dad. But Jolene’s story left something to be desired. Although I liked what happened with Jolene, Shelly, and Mrs. Cho, there was no true resolution to her story with her parents, who couldn’t stand each other. Jolene’s dad was mentioned many times but was never seen once.
I couldn’t give this book 5 stars mainly because of the Guy/film critic sexual harassment and attempted rape storyline. I thought this was unnecessary and AT LEAST should’ve been drawn out more instead of being crammed into the last one-fourth of the book.
Before that storyline, most of the book was just going back and forth between Jolene’s and Adam’s stories, their families, and weekends, but then the film critic storyline came out of nowhere. If it really needed to be included, then it shouldn’t have felt like it was shoehorned in.
One part in the book that broke my heart was when Jolene imagined an ideal scenario with her mom actually listening to her, realizing her mistakes, and being caring. It resonated with me, and I imagine it would with others too. I loved that Johnson did this, showing that not all scenarios with parents will be ideal.
Some parents can’t change no matter how much you want them to. This was a really refreshing change compared to past books I’ve read where parents realized their mistakes and changed just like that.
I also liked that the setting of this book was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, seeing as how I live close to that city in real life! This setting was very relatable to me, especially whenever cheesesteaks, Poconos, and Wawa were mentioned.
Overall, Every Other Weekend was a worthwhile read, one of the the better contemporary YA books I’ve read in 2019, and I seriously need more YA books with the humor that this one has!