Every Other Weekend

Every Other Weekend

by Abigail Johnson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335929099
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Edition description: Original
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 61,008
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Abigail Johnson was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snowstorms for year-round summers and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire road trip and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic when she was seventeen, but hasn't let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high-school production of Cinderella, and becoming a published author. Visit Abigail at abigailjohnsonbooks.com and on Twitter @AbigailsWriting.

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Every Other Weekend 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JillJemmett 16 hours ago
Adam and Jolene both have separated parents. They meet when Adam visits his dad on the weekends at his new apartment. Adam escapes from his unpleasant situation to be with Jolene, who also has a complicated family life. She stays with her dad’s new girlfriend on the weekends because he stays at work all the time to avoid her. She is used as a pawn in her parents’ divorce. Though both Adam and Jolene spend time at the same building every other weekend in their fathers’ apartments, they have very different situations. Adam’s parents are separated but they still love each other. Jolene’s parents trade her back and forth, but don’t actually care about her. Though Adam’s father wants to give him attention, Adam pushes him away. At the same time, Jolene craves love but can’t get it from either of her parents. I liked that though they were similar, there were also drastic differences in their lives. There was also an uncomfortable relationship between Jolene and another neighbour at the apartment. I won’t spoil what happens, because I don’t like to give spoilers, but there was an inappropriate incident that occurred. It was kind of predictable that it would happen because there were warning signs leading up to it, but Jolene didn’t notice them. It was a scary moment, but it made sense that Jolene would find herself in that situation. I really liked the ending of this story. It was a great book! Thank you Inkyard Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nursebookie 1 days ago
Every Other Weekend By Abigail Johnson This was my first time reading Abigail Johnson’s writing and I am definitely a fan. Johnson was able to beautifully craft a story that pulled at my heartstrings and was able to write about amazing and believable characters that are complex and definitely you want to read about. In this character driven story, Adam and Jolene’s life intertwines into a beautiful love story that is tender and full of heart. I enjoyed the amazing dialogue and inner perspectives of these characters’ vulnerability and also at the same time their strength to pull through adversities. Themes addressed in this story include, death and loss, abuse, grief, and navigating fractured relationships. I highly recommend this read for a poignant and tender Young Adult Contemporary read that deals with complex issues in a dual point of view story line. An amazing must read. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Naomi Denton 5 days ago
Thank you so much @NetGalley and @Inkyardpress for giving me this Advance Reader Copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. (Release Date | 07 January 2020) SYNOPSIS | Adam Moynihan's life is torn apart when his oldest brother dies. His mum constantly cries and his father has moved out of their family home meaning that Adam & his older brother now spend every other weekend at his fathers new dump of a building. In this building his next door neighbour is a girl called Jolene Timber who is an aspiring director as she has been re-imagining her life ever since she was a little kid as she is treated like a pawn in her divorced parents games. Adam & Jolene begin to get to know each other as they are both forced to spend every other weekend in the same place. MY THOUGHTS | I have read a couple of really good YA Contemporaries recently and this was another great one. I loved the witty, snarky banter between Adam & Jolene and found myself really excited for their interactions together. I wasn't that invested in the oldest brothers death, or the familial storyline but I was very invested in Adam & Jolene's romance.
Sarahb 6 days ago
I requested this book through netgalley because of the author and the fact that I have read and enjoyed her previous books. I also requested it because of the premise and the fact that I haven't read another YA romance set in the same way. Adam and Jolene are both 15 (almost 16) year old who are dealing with very different family situations but those situations have brought them together every other weekend as neighbors in the apartment buildings where their fathers live next door to each other. They are immediately drawn to each other for different reasons and they find something that they needed in their lives from each other. Both of these teenagers are flawed and dealing with different issues of loss. The way that the story develops and the alternating point of view makes even more of an impact on the reader.. As the reader continues through the story, told by weekend dates that Adam and Jolene are living in the same place, Johnson slowly reveals more about them and the pacing is natural and the relationship feels real. These are teenagers with real problems who are finding a way to survive their circumstances through friendship.. I will definitely recommend this to my high school students and encourage our librarian to purchase a copy. A really well written ya novel with romance but this is so much more than just a romance. Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
Amanda_BetweentheShelves 7 days ago
Thanks to Net Galley and Harlequin Teen for an ARC copy of this to review! It was a great book to start out 2020 with. I got the chance to review Abigail Johnson's previous book, If I Fix You, before, so I was happy to get the chance to review this one as well.  Every Other Weekend is a look at how divorce can affect the lives of teenagers, and how grief can rock a family's life. Adam and Jolene are fully fleshed out characters, ones that you feel that you can relate to. They each are struggling with their own issues, and the find each other in times of need. Though it takes them a little bit to realize their feelings for each other, their relationship feels real when they finally do. Outside of the romance, there are a lot of real issues here too. Johnson grounds Adam and Jolene's relationship in real feelings. Adam is struggling with grief over his brother's death--he doesn't know how to get passed it. Jolene has anxiety issues, stemming from her relationship with her parents. Instead of being "instantly fixed" when they're together, they're able to help each other work through their issues. Overall, Every Other Weekend is well constructed and feels real. Many teens will be able to relate to the characters and the situations. If you're looking for a realistic romance, definitely check out this book!
DragonNimbus 8 days ago
Every Other Weekend is the story of Jo and Adam who meet as Adam is moving into his newly separated father's apartment. Adam and his brother, Jeremy,aren't happy leaving their mother and their comfortable, family farm house in the country. Adam is worried about her being alone and Jeremy, the older brother, is just trying to survive the weekend. Neither relishes spending time with each other and Adam is furious at his Dad. Jo lives across the hall in the shabby apartment complex with her father's mistress, Shelly. Even though it's her father's apartment, Jo hasn't seen him in about a year. She's not a happy girl, having been told at every turn that she's not worth the trouble of either her mother or father., both narcissistic, self-obsessed wealthy adults. Adam and Jo meet and begin to help each other through these awful times. Adam talks Jo into posing for a selfie to send to his mom. He's hoping that will keep his mother's mind off being alone . Their friendship grows and they learn more about each other. Neither is at all happy with their lives but they're soon happy together until it looks like Adam's folks are going to reunite. Jo is sure Adam is going to leave her just like everyone else has because she so unlovable (according to her) so she pulls away and starts hanging out with a young movie critic who lives on their floor. Things get more and more complicated and someone is going to have to deal honestly with the situation before these hurt souls can heal. Abigail Johnson writes with sensitivity and humor and explores the issues in an honest, real way. I enjoyed reading this book and I loved the ending. Teens will gravitate toward the story - and find someone to identify with. As an adult I enjoyed this book very much and will happily recommend it.
Brooke Allen 8 days ago
This book was so good! I had a difficult time putting it down. When Adam's parents separate, he finds himself having to visit his dad at a ratty old apartment every other weekend. He's angry about having to do it, until he meets Jolene. Jolene is the victim of her parents' petty sniping at each other. Adam and Jolene get closer to each other, but they realize that their every other weekend relationship may not be permanent. There are so many great things about this book. Adam and Jolene's families are so different. I would say they were great, but a better description would be well-written, because I wouldn't wish Jolene's situation on anyone. This book touches on many important topics that the two of them face, such as children who are made the pawns of their parents' divorce and the power dynamics that can occur when an adult takes advantage of a teen's vulnerability. Every Other Weekend has a satisfying but realistic resolution. This is a book I highly recommend, and I'd definitely read other books by this author.
MiyukiNightShade 8 days ago
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Inkyard Press for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication. Okay fam. Again with a book that made me cry because of the plot and content. Again I have characters that I can relate to in some aspect and it brings back up memories of a time where I wasn’t as happy as I am today. Again, I’m so freaking happy that I had the opportunity to read another great book as part of a blog tour because I swear FFBC has never let me down before. Let’s start with Adam, shall we? The straight A student? Check. Friends? Check. Perfect home life? Semi-check but I didn’t know better. While I am so thankful that I’ve never had a sibling die – I could not imagine but my cousin did pass away when we were younger and the aftermath of that really left his siblings broken – I understand the grief surrounding that kind of change. It’s such a huge shift in life that comes so unexpected and usually without any sort of warning. And then, how do you even react to something like that and move forward with your life? Then we have our other main character: Jolene. Parents divorced? Check. Feeling used by at least one of your parents? Hella check. I felt for Jolene in the sense that she just wanted to be able to make her life into one of the happy ones that she sees in movies, and wants to create in her own movies. I get that feeling because why would we choose to live in a world filled with pain and heartache? If we had the power to change how we live, wouldn’t we take it? I just had a bunch of feelings okay? I need to lay down. I’m so glad I can read this one over and over again because I need to see this when I get in a mood to have some emotional alone time. Not to mention the friendship that spawned between Adam and Jolene is one of my favorites, and I’m glad that they were able to be there for one another on the weekends they got to see each other.
Michele-G 13 days ago
In Every Other Weekend, teenagers Adam and Jolene meet and form a close bond. They become one another's "go to person" to vent the frustrations and disappointments over their current life circumstances. Jolene's parents are divorced and she is constantly used as a pawn in their ongoing battles with one another. Adam's parents are separated and his father is renovating the apartment where he lives in exchange for rent. Adam's family experienced a serious loss and it drove a wedge between his parents. Until they can all find a way to move forward, their family stays in constant disarray. It's difficult to be a teenager on a normal basis, but when you add in the complications that Adam and Jolene each have to deal with, it's often overwhelming and painful. They use one another as a refuge on the weekends that they each visit their fathers at the apartment complex. Eventually, their friendship grows and they begin texting one another when they aren't around. Their relationship gradually moves from a friendship to a romantic relationship. However, there are so many other things going on in their lives, that they often have difficulty being able to consistently spend time together. This book was difficult to read at times. Adam and Jolene's families are both dysfunctional in different ways. This leaves them to find their way through the challenges in order to move forward with their young lives. Thank you to NetGalley, Inkyard Press and Ms. Johnson for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
LovinBooksInNCHB 14 days ago
I instantly fell in love with Abigail Johnson’s writing when I read EVEN IF I FALL early last year (seriously, what that book did to me…!), so I knew immediately I wanted to participate in this tour for her newest contemporary novel, EVERY OTHER WEEKEND. And just like with Abigail, I instantly fell in love with Jolene and Adam when I started this book. Their lives are so different, yet they come together every other weekend in rather strained circumstances, and the friendship that develops comes as a surprise to both of them. Jolene is one of my favorite characters I’ve come across in quite some time; she’s so strong and yet so vulnerable, so smart and creative, so assertive and driven, and just an absolute delight. Her sarcasm and humor are top notch and in some ways she reminded me of myself. And Adam is totally swoon-worthy, so sensitive and sweet and empathetic and also quite vulnerable, and his relationship with his mother just warmed my heart (especially as the mother of a son myself). Watching the relationship develop between Adam and Jolene was just delightful, even as you cheered for them while they each worked on their own separate family issues. I don’t know how she does it, but put simply, Abigail writes like an angel! She makes you feel like you are right there with the characters, rather than viewing from afar, and she pulls such intense feelings out of you, without it feeling like she’s intentionally doing so (if that makes sense). It just all feels so natural, I guess is the best way to describe it. It’s like, you know how you have some friends who tell you stories or stuff that’s happening to them, and you just know they are saying certain things to pull an emotional reaction out of you? And then you have other friends that confide in you, and you know that they just need to tell their story, to get it out there, and they’re not looking for a particular reaction or emotional response? Well, Abigail is that second type of friend – she has these beautiful stories and characters inside her, and she just wants to get them out there, to share them with her readers, but she’s not jerking on your emotional strings just for the heck of it. Her characters will elicit strong reactions in you, as Jolene’s parents did for me, but even with all their faults they never veer over the line into caricatures that feel designed to create those specific feelings. Again, it’s all just so natural and so good, you’re swept up in the story without feeling like you’re being pulled along. Anyway, I’m not sure if that all makes sense (it does in my head, but kind of hard to put on paper!), but suffice it to say that I adore Abigail’s books and I want to introduce her to as many readers as I can. If you are a contemporary fan, this is a no-brainer, must-read for you. If you want a book that deals with some tough issues in a very organic way, pick this one up. And if you enjoy a good story of first love, definitely don’t let this one pass you by. I highly recommend EVERY OTHER WEEKEND! RATING: 5 bright stars! **Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of this blog/Instagram tour. This review is voluntary on my part and reflects my honest rating and review of the book.
onemused 14 days ago
EVERY OTHER WEEKEND is a compulsively good YA contemporary that deals with some heavy topics. We follow Jolene and Adam in alternating chapters, primarily during their time visiting their fathers in a terrible apartment complex. Adam's parents still love each other, but have separated after the death of his brother, primarily due to the trouble they have had healing. Adam is angry about all of it and he is not sure who to lash out to. Jolene is a pawn in her parents' horrible divorce game. They hate each other, and since they each felt like the other wanted her, they are fighting over her visitation constantly. Her mother is emotionally and at times physically abusive, and her father is completely negligent, working the whole weekend when she is at the apartment- an apartment he got to show how poor he was, even though her mother is convinced that he is hiding money away (and he very well might be). Instead, Jolene spends the time with his girlfriend, Shelly, who is not much older than Jolene and was, in fact, the reason her parents divorced. Jolene and Adam are on a collision course, and their friendship is the thing that makes their weekends at the terrible apartment complex worthwhile. The friendship is developing into love, but each are broken by their lives in ways that will need to be healed before they can forge forward. What I loved: This book is really deep and thoughtful, not shying away from neglect, abuse (parental and relationship through a friend), and the mental/emotional toll these can have. The book also tackles grieving the death of a loved one and the challenges of healing. Towards the end, and this may be a spoiler (but it also deserves a warning), it also tackles sexual assault and the need to trust your gut. It is hard to describe how deeply this book can resonate on so many levels. Because it takes on so many heavy topics, it is also a challenging read- but so very worthwhile. The characters are fully realized and Adam and Jolene leap off the page. Final verdict: Heartfelt and soul-probing, this is a book that will leave readers with a heady book hangover- that is so very worth it. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.
kozbisa 14 days ago
Rating: 4.5 Stars It's not where they want to be, but rather, where they have to be. Court orders and parental visitation schedules brought Jolene and Adam together every other weekend, and what started as a sort of punishment, quickly turned into something they both began looking forward to. I am a H U G E Abigail Johnson fan. She just knows how to write a family drama, that hits all the right notes for me, and she has done so once again with Every Other Weekend. This book was heartbreaking.... Both Adam and Jolene were struggling with some serious issues. Adam was still mourning the loss of his oldest brother, while trying to deal with his family, who were trapped in the throes of grief. His pain manifested as anger, and led to some unnecessary family drama. Jolene was also angry, but with good reason. She had been neglected by her parents and simply served as a pawn in their ugly divorce. Her story caused me physical pain, because it was hard to believe that people could be this cruel and uncaring. This book was about family.... These broken families had a profound affect on Adam and Jolene, but their family situations were vastly different. Adam, though he couldn't necessarily always see it, was very lucky to be part of a loving and caring family. They were each dealing with their pain in their own way, but it was easy to see that they were not irreparably broken. There were some really beautiful and heartwarming moments shared between and among the Moynihans, and it was lovely the way they would prop each other up at times. Whereas Jolene's family was broken beyond repair. Her environment at her mother's home was toxic, and her father's constant absence left Jolene to wade through her issues all on her own, which led to some bad decisions and bad situations. This book was about healing.... Adam and his family could not move past his brother's death. They were running in place, while drowning in their sorrow. Their time apart was a catalyst for change, which slowly, so slowly, pushed each of them to confront their pain and look to one another for comfort. By trusting in Adam, Jolene began to open herself up to others as well. Once she began to invite other people into her life, she was able to recognize the precious few, who were really on her side, and she began to believe that she was worth being loved. This book was about finding your "person".... The best parts of this book, for me, focused on the friendship between Adam and Jolene. Adam was so sweet and tender, and though he made some missteps along the way, I always knew he had a special place in his heart for Jolene. He showed her that she was valued, important, wanted, and loved. And, she was just as important for him as he was for her. They were each other's quiet in the storm, the person they could take refuge in. They grew right alongside each other, every other weekend, and it was beautiful seeing the changes in them. This book was about new beginnings.... By the end of the book, Adam and Jolene were in a much better place, and the ending put a smile on my face. There were still things that needed to be resolved in their lives, but I was so hopeful for Adam, for his family, and for Jolene.