Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson // Book Review

Title: Every Other Weekend
Author: Abigail Johnson
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Published: January 7th, 2020
Pages: 512
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Synopsis:
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. 


TW: parental abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual assualt

I just had to pick this book up as soon as I bought it. I’m so glad I did. I loved this book. I adored this book.

Every Other Weekend has to point of views. One is from Adam, his family is separated due to not being able to handle their grief. The other is Jolene, her family is separated because her father cheated on her mother who is basically Cinderella’s step mother’s twin.

They meet one night on their balconies at their father’s apartments. At first, Adam is put off Jolene. She seems to be a bitch to every one and he doesn’t understand why. They eventually get to know each other and their friendship blooms into something beautiful.

What I love most about this story is that two kids who are suffering two different things get together and make each other happy. They both have their own baggage and they work through it.

I loved the writing style. I’ve read a book previously by Abigail Johnson and rated it like two stars. I almost didn’t buy this book! I’m glad I had a change of heart!

4/5 Stars

I feel like Ghostin’ by Ariana Grande really represents Jolene. She started acting strange when she realized that Adam’s family will fix their relationships. It’s a beautiful song and it’s perfect for Jolene.