Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: First and Then by Emma Mills

Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 267
Rating: 3 Stars
How I Got It: Borrowed from Library
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Synopsis courtesy of 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.


Honestly, I'm all over the place with this one. I wasn't feeling it, then I got into it, but I ended fairly disappointed. There was just so much left unexplored.

My biggest problem was that I couldn't fully connect with Devon. She fell a little flat and I don't know who she really is. What is she passionate about? What scares her? Why does she want to be friends with the people she's friends with? Most of the time she felt more like a storyteller than a protagonist.

I actually really liked most of the other characters-Jordan, Foster, Ezra, Marabelle. I want to know so much more about them and all of their relationships. There are so many unresolved questions.

While I'm a sucker for romance and do like this one, my favorite relationship is the one between Foster and Devon. When she was with him she felt very developed and real. And it's the kind of relationship I'm not used to reading about.

In the end, I'm confused if this book is weak or not the writing style fo rme. So, if the synopsis interests you I would pick it up-maybe at the library.

Thanks for reading!

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