First & Then by Emma Mills

Book Review #224

Title: First & Then

Author: Emma Mills

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: October 13, 2015

Pages: 272

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.

This story has a few similarities and reminds me perhaps a bit too much to the classic Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. In addition, the main character, Devon is always talking about the books that it melts my heart. It’s like two of my favourite things combined as one and that is reading and a book that talks about one of my favourite movies of all time.

Ezra is the perfect Mr. Darcy. He is brooding, sweet and my kind of favourite main interest for the protagonist. He has his own reasons for acting the way that he is but even then, I find him to be charming and it’s not a wonder at all why Devon would fall for him.

I wish that this book didn’t concentrate too much on football and instead lead them perhaps a bit more towards Devon and Ezra. I need more of them, even that certain scene at the end was so much like P&P. My heart just couldn’t take it!!!

I didn’t know that this book would talk about family and difficult situations but I’m glad it did. By that, this story seems to be more wholesome of the bond and love between Foster, Devon and her parents.

This book was just so good! I love all the references of Jane Austen and now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and rewatch Pride & Prejudice just to make my hopeless romantic self feel all kinds of emotions.


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