Losing the Field (Field Party Series #4)

Losing the Field (Field Party Series #4)

by Abbi Glines

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The fourth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Field Party series—a southern soap opera with football, cute boys, and pick-up trucks—from USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Tallulah Liddell had been defined by her appearance for as long as she could remember. Overweight and insecure, she preferred to fly under the radar, draw as little attention to herself so no one can hurt her. The only boy who did seem to ever notice her was her longtime crush, Nash Lee. But when he laughs at a joke aimed at Tallulah the summer before their senior year, Tallulah’s love dissipates, and she becomes determined to lose weight, to no longer be an object of her classmates’—and especially Nash’s—ridicule.

Nash Lee has it all—he’s the star running back of Lawton’s football team, being scouted by division one colleges, and on track to have a carefree senior year. But when an accident leaves him with a permanent limp, all of Nash’s present and future plans are destroyed, leaving him bitter, angry, and unrecognizable from the person he used to be.

Facing a new school year with her new body, Tallulah is out to seek revenge on Nash’s cruelty. All does not go according to plan, though, and Tallulah and Nash unexpectedly find themselves falling for each other. But with all the pain resting in each of their hearts, can their love survive?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534403918
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Series: Field Party Series , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 19,876
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York TimesUSA TODAY, and Wall Street Journalbestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

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Losing the Field

I Doubt You Notice Fat Girls



“Is she new?” I heard whispered yet again as I walked into the doors of Lawton High School. I’d heard that question as I passed at least three other groups of students. People I’d gone to school with since preschool. I had often wondered if some of them even knew my name. They never spoke to me. Hardly acknowledged me.

I had blamed them for so long. However, over the summer I’d come to realize a lot of things. One being I was the one who tried to be invisible. I was shy. I didn’t want attention drawn to me. Often when I did get attention it was hurtful, and I kept to the shadows as much as possible. So if they didn’t know my name, then it was because I had done nothing notable. Nothing to look back on one day and be proud of.

This year would be different. I wasn’t hiding now. I was tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes. I would make my senior year one to remember. One to be proud of. I was even going to join . . . something. Maybe the yearbook staff or possibly try out for the dance team. I could dance. That was my little secret. When I had weighed more than society thought I should, I hadn’t wanted to dance in front of anyone. It was something I did alone.

“Hey, new girl!” a male voice called out. Since I wasn’t new, I ignored him. But I did glance slightly to the left to see who it was. Asa Griffith. I almost paused. He was good friends with Ryker and Nash Lee. Ryker I didn’t care about, but Nash . . . let’s just say that my hurt and anger because of him were what kept me going all summer. When it was so hot I thought I’d melt, but I walked anyway. When I really wanted some hot-from-the-oven cookies, but I ate an apple instead. It had been revenge. Admitting it wasn’t something that I was proud of, but it was the truth. I hated Nash Lee. But that hate had driven me to lose weight.

Before I could think too long and hard about it, I stopped and turned to Asa Griffith. He was attractive, popular, and would be the Lawton Lions star running back now that West Ashby had graduated. Asa gave me a flirty grin I had never seen before. Guys like Asa didn’t smile at girls like me. Or they hadn’t. I realized how shallow they were now that I was thin. My plan for revenge may be something ugly. But so was the way they treated girls due to their weight. Inside I was the same. No, that wasn’t true; inside I was angrier now.

I didn’t know how to flirt. I was one to shrink near a corner. So I just stared at him. Waiting to see what would come out of his mouth next.

“Asa,” he said with a nod as he closed the distance between us. “You just move here?”

“No,” I replied. This question I had prepared for. I was going to enjoy it. Seeing the looks on their faces when they found out they’d known me for years.

He was still smiling, but he looked confused. “Homeschooled?” he asked.

“No, Asa. We had Literature together last year. Economics the year before that. In fifth grade you tripped me in the hallway, and my books went everywhere. It was an accident. At least I assumed it was since you helped me pick up my books.”

That was more fun than I realized it would be. He stood there frowning. I wondered if he even knew my name. It only fueled the fire inside me. My revenge seemed justified.

“Asa,” a familiar voice called out, then a pause. I turned my head and met his gaze head on. He wasn’t the one I hated. He had never noticed me before. He’d not been someone I expected to be better than that. Nash had been. But Ryker Lee had been there. He had said the words. Made the joke. The one that had cut deep enough to change me.

“Well, hello,” Ryker Lee said with a drawl. Then as he got closer to me, I saw the confusion in his eyes. Slowly that turned to clarity. He recognized me. “Holy shit,” he muttered.

I let him take in my transformation. As he let out a low whistle that I found insulting, Asa said “What is it?” He was still confused.

“Tallulah, right?” Ryker said when his eyes stopped gawking at my body and found my face.

“Yes,” I replied.

“Wow” was all he said.

“Tallulah.” Asa said my name as if it were familiar, but he just couldn’t place it.

“The summer was good to you,” Ryker finally said, a slow smile spreading across his face.

I wanted to say that I had in fact worn a bathing suit. But I held that close. He didn’t need to know I’d heard him. I also didn’t want to hear his apologies.

“Likewise,” I said, although I gave him a forced smile. “Have a good day,” I added, then walked away. That was done. My first conversation with those close to Nash. As much as I didn’t want to talk to them. Ryker had never spoken to me before. Why should I speak to him now? But I had to. My plan was to be accepted into Nash’s world and then completely ignore him. Embarrass him in front of his friends. Let him see how it felt. Then, when I was satisfied, I’d walk away from all of that crowd. Find a path that fit me and be happy. But not yet.

“Wait!” Asa called out.

I stopped walking and glanced back at him. “Yes?”

“You’re a senior, right?”

It was all I could do not to roll my eyes. I simply nodded.

“What’s your first class?”

Seriously? It was this easy? He didn’t know me. Had no idea if I was intelligent, had a sense of humor, had any ambition in life. But he saw how I looked in this short skirt, and that was all it took. I had his complete attention.

“Trig,” I told him.

His eyebrows shot up. “Gorgeous and smart. We’ve got that one together. I’ll walk with you.”

We had been in advanced classes together since ninth grade. Something he didn’t recall. But I did.

“Okay,” I agreed, then saw Ryker watching me. I gave him a smile and little wave that I assumed was flirty before walking toward the entrance with Asa.

“I’m having a hard time believing we’ve been in school together since elementary and I don’t remember you. Although your name is familiar.”

For a smart boy, you’d think he would realize how admitting he didn’t remember me made him seem like a jerk.

“I doubt you notice fat girls.” The distaste in my tone was unavoidable. I could only take so much.

“Fat?” he repeated. “You’re not fat.”

I turned my head until my eyes met his. “No, Asa, not now. Not anymore. But the Tallulah you don’t remember was fat.”

Slowly I could see the recognition in his eyes. They grew wider, and then his mouth dropped open slightly. Maybe he did remember the fat girl in the corner. My face was thin now, but it had all the same features. If he’d ever taken the time to look at me then, he’d see that.

“You gave me your notes last year when I missed class for a week with the flu,” he whispered. Like he was too amazed to talk in his normal tone.


He stared at me then. I wondered how many other memories of me he was recalling. I let him stare. Remember the girl I once was, because that girl was nicer. Kinder. This one wasn’t.

This Tallulah was going to leave her mark, then walk away.

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Losing the Field 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of this series, I've loved all of them so far: Until Friday Night, Under the Lights, and After the Game. This book starts with the next grade of football players, only Nash Lee is no longer going to get to be a football star. I can say that I had barely started this book when I already didn't want to get out of my car to stop listening. It was actually Tallulah's story that got me crying. So much in her that I saw in myself. Her walking to lose weight reminded me of the summer I walked at least 20 miles a week and lost weight. How I wish I could do that again as easily. The story actually reminded me a bit of one of my favorite books by Jay Crownover, strangely with the name Nash, the male character in that book had the same name as this guy, and kind of did the same thing to the girl in both books. But there were some extra things I didn't see coming, like a YouTube star, and a death, and so much more. Plus there was an added storyline of the teacher that made a huge impact at the end, one that had tears streaming down my face. A great book, and I can't wait, or hope at least, that there will be more with the other guys on the team in future books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story except for the ending?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So this was a solid read, but I am giving 3 stars for the rather abrupt ending. I also thought the main plot line seemed a little unbelievable [the leg injury]. Otherwise, the message was good (words do matter).
Anonymous 3 months ago
hated the ending could have been longer.hate the whole idea that Tallulah forgave Nash so easily after ignoring her time and time again.if the books don’t get better from here I am done with this author
Anonymous 6 months ago
Myah-B More than 1 year ago
Losing the Field, the fourth book in the Field Party series, written by Abbi Glines, is an emotional coming-of-age fictional book that includes many emotional changes.Tallulah, one of the two narrators, tells the story about her life after her major transformation. The other narrator, Nash Lee, was the boy who had it all; start football player with the popular girlfriend. After his injury, everything is gone: his future, girlfriend, and hope about life. I was drawn into this book the minute I opened it and couldn't put it down. This heartwarming story is about how you find yourself and pick yourself up again after tragedy strikes. I love how this story talks about Tallulah’s transformation and how she is different on the outside, but on the inside she is a shy girl who loves to dive into a good book. Both Tallulah and Nash Lee went through major transformations. Both changed physically for example, Nash Lee now has a permanent limp and Tallulah looks like a different person. They also both change internally as well; whereas Nash is a dark person who turned cold, Tallulah has become more friendly and outgoing than what she used to be. The relationship between Tallulah and Nash is full of ups and downs that many people could relate to in the real world. The lessons in this book are deeper than most would think, but that is what made me love this story even more. It touched on real problems that could happen to teenagers in the real world and puts them into perspective on situations that could actually happen. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to dive into an amazing series that includes heartbreak, destruction, rising back up, and a touching love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abbi is a wonderful author! She did an amazing job with this book. However, I've yet to read one of her books I haven't loved. So I wasn't surprised to read yet another amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m a big Abbi Glines fan and Nash and Tallulah’s story was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book series.. it's become one of my auto buys.. ready for the next installment in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book too--read in 24 hours. I adore this series! I do agree though that it ended abruptly compared to the other ones and I really wanted about 50 pages more. How do you guys know there will be a book 5? I can't find anything about it. But it's definetely going to be about Ryker and Asa....hopefully a book 6 too? Weaving the freshman into the plot line lines it up for a ton more book possibilities. I hope Ryker is the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Like any other Abbi book, read it all in one setting.
Justyce_Bush More than 1 year ago
I haven’t got to finish the book just yet but from what I’ve read I’m in love! I’m so ready to have time to just sit down with the book and finish it this month. I’m so invested with the story and I need to know. What’s happened to Nash!! I loved the other three book in the series and I love Abbis writing I’m excited for the 5th book!
Justyce_Bush More than 1 year ago
I haven’t got to finish the book just yet but from what I’ve read I’m in love! I’m so ready to have time to just sit down with the book and finish it this month. I’m so invested with the story and I need to know. What’s happened to Nash!! I loved the other three book in the series and I love Abbis writing I’m excited for the 5th book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome books looking forward to the next one. Ryker or Asa ?