Title: First & Then
Author: Emma Mills
Recommended for: 7th grade & up
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Mills, E.
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.
My Review: This was a fun, quick read. I believe it’s suppose to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, but it more of a Jane Austen homage than anything else. There are hints of P&P and even other Austen characters, but it’s not a retelling in the straight forward sense. Both Devon and Ezra don’t quite fit their P&P counterparts attitudes. The illusion of Lizzie and Darcy’s personalities are there, but both Devon and Ezra deviate quite a bit/are their own person.
There’s a bit of problem with structure/pacing, but I think this going back to the P&P/Austen homage thing. There were characters and scenes that should have been taken out because they merely distracted from the story. The true heart of the story is Devon, Ezra, and Foster. Their relationships and hardships are truly what pull you into the story. Foster’s story is the most heartbreaking as he comes to terms with be abandoned by a drug-addict mom. All three characters go through some nice transformations that make you root for the the entire time.