First & Then
Author: Emma Mills
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: September 29th 2015
Review Source: Henry Holt and Company
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.
1. Describe your book in 5 words?
Family, football, romance, and feels! (I’m counting the ‘and’)
2. Without spoilers, were there any scenes you had to cut that you wished you could have kept?
There was a quiet sort of scene between Devon and Ezra in the back half of the book that I really liked-- one in which some things about Ezra were revealed. Most of the content of this scene got threaded in elsewhere, and I think the storytelling is much stronger for it… but it hurt a bit to let go of that one at the time!
3. Do you have any future writing projects in the works?
I do! I’m working on another YA right now that I’m very excited about!
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