It’s a gush fest today about First & Then!
Book Review: First & Then by Emma Mills
Title & Author: First & Then by Emma Mills
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: October 13, 2015
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
Pride & Prejudice Meets Friday Night Lights
The heading of the review (above) is the best description First & Then could have. Not only do I LOVE both of those things, but it perfectly describes the content and feel of this story.
Devon is the type of girl you would actually know in high school. She’s sarcastic and funny and although she knows the popular crowd, she’s not really one of them. Her humor is very dry – just like our beloved Lizzy Bennett – and her observations interesting.
In her everyday life, Devon occasionally wonders what Jane Austen would do or say about the things Devon experiences. Those moments were the best, especially as an Austen fan myself. Devon was always spot on. (What Would Jane Do needs to be a thing, right?)
Although there is certainly a slow burn romance I was a thousand percent in favor of, First & Then’s true strength was in its portrayal of family and hardships. Devon is adjusting to her cousin Foster coming to live with them, and his life and how he interacts with Devon’s family is incredibly moving throughout the book.
First & Then dealt with relatable issues that ran deep, but between Devon’s humor and the romance, the book didn’t feel heavy or depressing. It’s light and beautiful and a truly stand-out contemporary read.
Speaking of romance, I’ll just say three more words about it: teen Mr. Darcy. If that doesn’t catch your attention, I don’t know what will.
There was not one moment of this book I didn’t enjoy. I absorbed and cherished every bit, and I cannot recommend this novel enough. First & Then is an exemplary YA contemporary book of the year.