Book Review: First and Then – Emma Mills

First and Then by Emma Mills
Pages: 267
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., October 2015
Link: Amazon

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: 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.


The cover is colorful and I like color. Colorful covers are just pleasant to look at. Overall, this was a cute contemporary read. The characters were likable. Everyone should read this book!

I ship Ezra and Devon as much as I ship Devon and her best friend, Cas. The outcome of who ends up with Devon is not a big concern for me, but when Ezra reveals his feelings for Devon, it’s just wonderful.

“A thousand electric cars could run on how you feel when you know that the person you like likes you back. It feels incredible. Like it shouldn’t be possible. Of all the happy coincidences to ever exist, it’s one of the happiest.” (262, Mills)

Ezra started off as a character that is unreadable and quiet. As he starts talking to Devon, he became a more likable character. Devon is easy to talk to. I got impressed when he read a book he saw Devon had so he can discuss it with her. For us book nerds, we’d like for the guy we like to read a book for us.

“No one had ever read a book for me before, yet alone two.” -Devon Tennyson


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