First & Then

Finished First & Then by Emma Mills.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from 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.”

I try to read a variety of different books, but my favorite (at least for now) is contemporary YA and this book is a great example of why.  It’s sweet and fun, but also there’s a lot of emotional depth.

Devon is a high school senior.  She doesn’t know where she wants to go to college and she’s dealing with the fact that her cousin is now living with them (Foster’s dad is dead and his mom has substance abuse issues) and Foster is…we’ll go with quirky.

That’s enough to deal with but Devon also loves her best friend (the feelings are most definitely not requited) and there’s this new guy in school who is basically EVERYWHERE and that’s confusing too.

I love this book.  It made me care about football (sort of, almost) and it made me smile.  I love Dev and her family and especially Ezra.

(And all I want in the world is a Foster-centric sequel.)

Recommended.

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