First & Then by Emma Mills was such a cute read and a much needed break from the heavy and dark material I’ve been reading lately.
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 and Then is advertised as Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights. I’d say that’s an accurate statement. I particularly enjoyed the lack of understanding between the heroine and love interest. The tension between them built until the very last page.
This book is a light, high school romance with all the frivolities that comes with it – gossip, football games, and homecoming dances. It was very well done and I never once found myself rolling my eyes. I sometimes worry that I’m “growing out” of YA, but it hasn’t seemed to happen yet.
I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, light read. I know it brought a smile to my face and I gobbled it up in one sitting.
STARS: 4 out of 5