First & Then by Emma Mills
Pages: 267 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Henry, Holt & Co. , October 2015
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.
It took me around a week to finish this book. I only read a little chunk every time I picked it up. Aside from the fact that I have been in a very long reading slump or burnout (I haven’t been able to read many books as fast as I usually am able to), I still found that the pacing of this book was kind of slow.
The characters were likable and cute. I didn’t have any particular problem with any of the characters, which is a really refreshing change.
I was definitely in the mood for a contemporary read when I picked up this book, so I think this made me really appreciate the plot. I liked how the plot focused on family relationships as well as the usual romantic relationships. However, I wouldn’t exclude the fact that it does contain some elements you might consider cliche. I would more likely conclude that it is just a fairly simple plot line. (nothing wrong with that)
Overall, I did enjoy it. Nothing in particular to talk about, except the ending was just okay. I wish there was more of a BAM! of an ending.
Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable light and short contemporary read! If you get the chance, you should give it a try.
Plot: 3.5/5 stars
Characters: 4/5 stars
Writing Style: 3.5/5 stars
Overall: 3.5/5 stars