Every Other Weekend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Every Other Weekend

Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Witty yet poignant story of love in a hopeless place

Perfectly developed story about a pair of teens from broken homes who meet at the crappy apartment complex of their fathers, who have custody of them every other weekend. Both teens have heavy issues they are dealing with in their personal and family lives. They find escape, comfort and joy in being together when they would otherwise have nothing.

Jolene Timber is a rich girl from the city whose parents broke up because her father cheated on her mother. They had a personal trainer, named Shelly coming to the house regularly and Shelly became friendly with Jo in order to get closer to her father. Jolene’s mother then was caught them in bed together.

Now her father works so much Jolene never sees him and his lawyers demand that he gets custody every other weekend, which is just a way to get back at her unloving and sometimes abusive and alcoholic mother. So Jo is stuck with Shelly when she comes to the rundown apartment he rented in order to hide assets from her Mom.

Jo meets Adam, who grew up in the farming suburbs, on the balcony next to hers on his first day coming to see his father who is living in the apartment next to Jolene. Adam thinks his father is a coward for leaving his Mom and he shows his animosity to his Dad every chance he gets. His family didn’t break apart due to cheating, it happened because of a loss and he he feels like his Dad left during their time of need.

Jolene is a filmmaker and Adam wants to reassure his mother that he is doing fine at his father’s so he asks Jo if he can take a picture of her to send his Mom in order to say he met someone. They quickly become friends and thereafter spend just about every minute of every other weekend together. Jolene has a quick wit and is always teasing Adam, who blushes like nobody’s business. The book has more than it’s fair share of laughable moments.

As these two get to know each other on their “Dad” weekends and text during the week, they develop feelings for each other. The book is sweet, nostalgic, heartwarming and also deals with some tough issues such as personal loss, grief, abuse, neglect, and more. It was well written with great characters and supporting characters such as Shelly, Adams brothers Greg and Jeremy and Jolene’s friends Cherry and Gabe. I really enjoyed the story and the nostalgia of first love.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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