First & Then is a story of family and football. It’s also a bit of a Jane Austen retelling! And I have got to say…I love that cover.
5 THINGS TO LIKE
- The characters were really, really well written. They were so dimensional and complex! And while I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrator, Devon, I really loved all the side-characters…and even though there was a huge supporting cast, they all leapt off the page with details and depth. You might say I’m a mild fan of that. (AKA: Raging! Happy! Fan! Of! This! Fact!)
- The book isn’t overly romantic because Devon is having a Who Do I Like Teen Life Crisis. BUT. It was dynamic and shippable. I like. Devon’s had a crush on her BFF (Cas) since…forever. But Ezra is actually interested in her despite being about as fun to be around as a brick wall. BUT I WAS ROOTING FOR MY OTP SO BAD. (Also I wouldn’t call it a triangle because they’re not all fighting each other for one person…just trying to figure out feelings.)
- Devon’s cousin (Foster) has moved in with them because of Complex Family Issues, and he was a real sweetie. Kind of dorky? Kind of in need of protection? Kind of more capable than everyone gave him credit for?!
- The writing was a factual and sensible and detailed. I admit, I prefer whimsical destruction — buuuut, this book really won me over for just downright good writing. LET ME HUZZAH.
- Devon is a bookworm! BOOKWORM ALERT! Although…she like only reads Austen, but still.
THANK YOU TO PAN MACMILLAN FOR THE REVIEW-COPY! First & Then by Emma Mills publishes in Australia on January 15th, 2016
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.