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Review: Losing the Field (Glines)

Ugh, this series gets worse with every book. I’ve mentioned in many reviews that I am a former fat girl, so I should really be able to identify with Tallulah, who loses a large amount of weight after overhearing a mean remark. But I really just wanted to shake Tallulah so many times. How could someone so smart be so incredibly naive? What kind of person is Nash to only notice Tallulah when she’s thin? I actually liked the first book, but the feminist in me is seriously annoyed after reading this.

AUTHOR: Abbi Glines
SERIES: Field Party, book 4
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
PUBLICATION DATE: August 21, 2018
ISBN: 9781534403895
PAGES: 336
SOURCE: Edelweiss
GENRE: romance
SETTING: Lawton, Alabama; present-day

SUMMARY: On the last day of their junior year, Tallulah’s crush Nash Lee laughs at a comment his cousin makes about Tallulah’s weight. Every day since, Tallulah has walked five miles and lost a lot of weight. Now, school has started, and no one recognizes Tallulah, who is out to make Nash sorry for laughing at her. But she doesn’t realize that Nash has also had a summer of changes. Once a big star on the football field, Nash now walks with a limp after a leg injury.

REVIEW: I don’t have a lot to say about this one. I didn’t like it. Abbi Glines should stick to writing new adult romances. I have read all four Field Party books, and they seem to be getting worse with each installment. Here is a list of things that bothered me about Losing the Field:

  • Simple, choppy writing, similar to what you would see in a hi-lo book.
  • Overuse of “I” to begin sentences.
  • The idea that fat girls are inherently lonely or do not have any friends.
  • How long is their summer break? Tallulah was so overweight that she was an outcast for her entire school career. No one recognizes her when school starts. Let’s say Tallulah has lost 50 pounds, from 180 to 130. If her summer was 12 weeks long, that’s more than 4 pounds/week lost. And Nash injured his leg a few days into summer. Is 12 weeks (or less, since he knew about it during the summer) long enough for doctors to determine that a 17-year old boy will “never play football again?”
  • The idea that a girl loses weight only to show up a boy who laughed at her.
  • Tallulah is often described as “sweet” and “innocent.” I would have preferred to see her described as “strong” and “independent.” Tallulah is too passive, too weak, too forgiving.
  • Nash is an asshole, and Tallulah is better off without him.
  • Side stories. Teacher-student relationship was a dumb plot line that makes Tallulah look ridiculously naive. Haegan appears and is gone quickly. What was his purpose, and why couldn’t he be someone Nash was already close with from school, rather than a new student/YouTube star?
  • Weird names. Tallulah, Nash, Haegan, Ryker, Asa, Blakely. And one poor girl simply named Pam.
  • All the girls at school are just awful.
  • Slut-shaming.
  • Tallulah and Nash are underdeveloped as characters. I did not care about either of them, and I did not feel their relationship.

…and a couple of positives:

  • Thankfully, no possessive relationship behavior in this one.
  • Significantly less football and beer can-crushing in this one.

THEMES: teacher-student relationships, football, death/grief

THE BOTTOM LINE: I don’t know why I keep reading this series.

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: I have no plans to get this one.



  • Overall: 2/5
  • Creativity: 1/5
  • Characters: 1/5
  • Engrossing: 2/5
  • Writing: 1/5
  • Appeal to teens: 3/5
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 3/5


  • Language: high; includes lots of F-bombs
  • Sexuality: medium; some kissing, one kissing scene is topless (M/F)
  • Violence: mild; bullying and slut-shaming
  • Drugs/Alcohol: mild-medium; teens drink beer at a party; marijuana use


  • Love, love your reviews. You call it as it is, and I love that. I don't need to "guess" or "translate" those nebulous phrases that some reviewers use. You spell out what I need to know about language, sex, themes, character development–all the literary elements. Your reviews and recommendations have been priceless to me this summer in helping choose books for my middle schoolers. Thank you–and best wishes to you in your new school year!

    • Thank you, Mary Ann! When I started reviewing way back in 2011, it was because I could never find reviews that gave specific information about content. As a middle school librarian, I knew that would be really helpful to other librarians. Happy to have you along!


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