Review: Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson

Title: Every Other Weekend
Author: Abigail Johnson
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Pages: 512

Content Warnings: abuse, sexual assault, death of a sibling, divorce

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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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Every Other Weekend is officially my first DNF of the year – I stopped at 35%.

The premise of this novel is perfection but the execution did not work for me. This is a very long story, over 500 pages, and it feels long. Because of that, I often got bored after just a few paragraphs and would find myself putting it down and picking my phone up instead.

I did enjoy the characters at first, but that didn’t last. Adam was pretty okay but when it came to Jolene it felt like everything about her was added only for dramatic effect – it was just too much. And the more the story went on the more annoying they got. I also didn’t see any real chemistry between the two which was disappointing.

One of my biggest issues was how much was being crammed into this story. We have Adam dealing with his parent’s divorce and not getting along with his dad and brother. Jolene dealing with her abusive mom, absent dad, her dad’s annoying girlfriend, and best friend in an abusive relationship. Having so many things trying to be in the spotlight bogged the entire thing down.

I am definitely the odd one out on Every Other Weekend. The vast majority of readers are loving it and that’s great! I doubt I’ll ever try to pick it back up because it just wasn’t for me, but it was a good reminder that not every book is for every reader and it’s okay to put things aside.

A digital ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2 thoughts on “Review: Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson”

  1. Oh no! I’m sorry this didn’t work for you. 😦 I have an eARC of this I keep putting off because of the length, honestly. I didn’t know how long it was when I requested it or I genuinely wouldn’t have because, with VERY VERY few exceptions to the rule, I frankly don’t feel like YA contemporary books generally have any business being more than 400pg long. 😂 I’m not saying it can’t be done well, it just so rarely works out well for me! I might push this one to another time when I’m feeling more in the mood for a long book because that’s def not my mood right now. Great review, dear ❤

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