First & Then by Emma Mills

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Title: First & Then
Author: Emma Mills
Pages: 272
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Published: October 13th, 2015
Pre-Order: Amazon | Chapters 

Summary: (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 

As soon as I read the summary for this book I knew I had to read it! I am a big fan of both, Pride and Prejudice and Friday Night Lights, so I just had to read this book and see for myself ! I have to say that after reading First & Then the comparison to Pride and Prejudice and Friday Night Lights is pretty accurate!

I absolutely adored the characters Emma Mills created! Devon is the main character, she is the modernized version of the typical heroines created by Jane Austen. Devon has a great sense of humour and I enjoyed her wittiness. Devon doesn’t have a plan for her life, she’s content with secretly being in love with her best friend and has no idea what she’s doing after high school. Devon wants to keep things exactly the way they are, but change is forced upon her when her cousin, Foster, comes to live with her and her family. Foster is my favourite character in the book, he’s different and a little quirky and he has an unexpected talent for football. Over time a relationship between Devon and Foster really starts to take form and it’s football that helps bring the two together. The relationship between Devon and Foster is probably my favourite aspect of the story, do you need comma there? Or say as they)) they help each other grow. I initially thought there was going to be a love triangle between Devon, Cas and Ezra but it played out a little differently than I had expected. While the friendship between Devon and Cas started to fade out the relationship between Devon and Ezra really began to grow. Ezra was the quiet mysterious star football player that no one really knows much about, but Devon and Foster start to bring down the walls he’s put up.

I really enjoyed Emma Mills writing, it was witty and entertaining and really well paced. I thought the progression of the relationships was well done. I look forward to reading more of her work!

Rating:  4.5/5

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