on October 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.
Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.
First & Then has been near the top of my want to read list since first seeing that gorgeous cover and seeing it compared to Friday Night Lights. This is a quick and captivating read about friendships, family, and accepting people into our lives and hearts.
In the beginning Devon seems to be going through the motions. Her life consists of her best friend (and secret crush) Cas and reading. She is pretty ordinary until her quirky cousin comes into her life. I think it would be hard not to like Devon. She’s so easy to relate to. She’s really seems to be stuck in a rut at the beginning of the book, even if she doesn’t realize it. Her character growth was pretty spectacular by the end.
There are so many fun side characters in First & Then! Many of them had such fascinating stories that I would love to read a book about just them. (Ahem, Mirabell)
Of course there’s some romance in the book! Ezra was a fabulous love interest. He’s mysterious, a bit brooding, but had a great heart. What more can you ask for? I love that he liked Devon and wasn’t shy about it. Even if things were complicated.
Don’t let the football parts put you off if you aren’t a fan. It’s really just a backdrop to the small glimpse of Devon’s senior year. First & Then by Emma Mills was a great debut. I know it will be welcomed with open arms by YA contemporary fans and I’m looking forward to reading more by Emma Mills in the future.