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T into her PE 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 liked this but I didn t love it I have high hopes that Foolish Hearts is going to be the perfect Emma Mills book for me and I can t wait to read it

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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. RE READ 83020 This book has brought me nothing but pure joy and laughter I read this when I was in my senior year of high school and I was able to see myself through Devon Now I m a sopho in college and nothing has changed I m still like Devon an introverted people pleaser who has sadly still not taken much interest in clubs and extracurricular activities and has not found something I am truly good atTruly one of the best YA contemporaries I ve read Thank you Emma Mills for writing this I ve read all her books and this is definitely her best work in my opinion with This Adventure Ends following second and Foolish Hearts third I looked up at Ezra Lyney who was according to Rachel Woodson s crap article one of the best high school running backs in the country He was also best friend to Foster He left the charts in generosity and loyalty and honor At least in my book Humorous sarcastic loveable and relatable in some ways this delivered much than what the blurb offered I have never felt so much happiness while reading until now In First Then we follow the life of Devon Tennyson who well is your typical high school senior trying her best to finish her last year and get into college Except it isn t going very well While she isn t having the best college application life process she enjoys her Friday nights sitting on the bleachers watching the football game secretly crushing on her best friend Cas and adapting to the new life with her foster cousin FosterBut then Foster s kick is seen in gym class and he gets the opportunity to play varsity in the football team if he catches up and follows the rules in order to make it With the help of Ezra the best and highest in the team he is sure he ll be able to make it On the other hand Devon is trying to cooperate and see what good she can get from this When she s offered the chance of being a journalist as something to help her for her lack of extracurriculars she takes the offer of interviewing Ezra and learning about him Little did she know that everything said about Ezra is not uite what she expected as she seems to be dismissing the feelings for Cas and entering the world of Ezra a world she never knew she would ever grow to anticipate When I was a freshman I had braces and pimples than I could count I didn t wear makeup I didn t own short shorts I had never tasted alcohol and I certainly didn t know how or why you would ever want to blow anything I can t say enough how much joy this book brought me I laughed I smiled I groaned I ughed and I rolled my eyes Emma Mills has a way with simple and realistic words writing what YA contemporary romance truly is and what it should be From the dialogues to the realistic high school situations the main character in this Devon has truly been not only one of the best characters I have read about Although not displayed you can tell she has her own issues that aren t portrayed and shown but as a reader you can analyze them She s hilarious witty and has a personality that may or may not take time to understand because of who she is The thing is we share the exact same oneDevon is someone struggling with her last year and struggling with her college application Let me tell you as a high school senior I was able to relate in every possible damn way She doesn t have any ambitions to share into applying to her application she isn t the type of person that will go out and help out at an animal shelter medical center the library the school or anywhere where volunteer hours are acceptable to be completed Devon is someone trying to make the best out of it but she isn t doing the very best and I can t tell you enough how much I loved her because of that She had character development as she was growing to love herself her new family addition and the boy she least expected to fall in love with Her humor attitude and the way she acted with everyone were like reading about me someone trying to get along with everyone while embarrassing herself because of the conversations she was somewhat able to form but also the ones she couldn t form When you read this you ll notice Devon isn t a smart person but that was why she touched a special place in my heart As a future hopeful college student I want to take the definition of life as Devon took it She s like the true embodiment of a YA contemporary realistic character especially in the year this book was published up to now Devon is someone who I wish I was best friends with She s the person I want to go watch movies with spend Friday nights sitting down in the bleachers watching the football game pretending I care or just skip the game and go back home to binge watch our favorite tv series The character development of Devon was ideally slow She had to learn from herself and from the people she least expected in her life to make it better and the way she handled every situation she was in was refreshing especially when she wasn t afraid to defend herself and Foster The way her relationship with Foster grew made me almost tear up as their love began as unnatural love but then grew into a special bond that she didn t think she d end up becoming like an older sister to him The relationship and friendship between Devon and Foster are one of the most supportive ones and it gets to the point where the realness hits you really hard because you can t do anything but want the best for themI can t fully empathize on the full love I grew for Devon without repeating everything She is someone pursuing general happiness for herself and for the people around her There were so many times her lines felt like I was reading about my life I felt like I had never done anything I had never suffered I had never triumphed I was a middle class kid from the burbs who had managed to be rather unspectacular for the last seventeen years First Then has one of the most beautiful portrayals of love whether its friend love true love andor family love Family acceptance support and love in this are such major key roles and are portrayed in very healthy manners Devon s parents are the most supportive parents I ve encountered Their love for her and Foster is eually different and I can t explain how important these displays are in books Devon s mom was one of the most beautiful additions to this story She is what a mother should be accepting loving and supportive She wanted the very best for her daughter and I really saw my mother when I read her lines She isn t angry or isn t forcing Devon to have a 40 GPA or even higher She is simply being a mother the woman who raised her daughter the way she is And I think that was important to see the family dynamics in this as important because it is and it s important to note that parents should be parents not people who force their child into doing than they can becoming the top student and turning them into selfish people Mills did such a wonderful job with this portrayal and I can t wait to read her other books to see important portrayals displayed correctly My mom poured me a glass of milk sueezed in a healthy dose of chocolate syrup and told me that this just wasn t the universe where Cas and I were right for each other simple as that Maybe in another time or place maybe if he were different or if I were different But you don t want to make yourself different for a boy she said You don t want to make yourself different for anyone My reply was something halfway between a sob and You just don t get it But my mother persisted Someday someone will like you for you just the way you are And as much as you like Cas this other person will be so much better for you The relationship between Devon and Ezra was one of cutest relationships I ve read about It is so slow but oh so well developed They are both characters trying to understand the other but I have to give points for the intelligence of Devon s analytical skills She didn t see Ezra as some cocky football star who got all the girls and was an egotistical jerk who used his football talent to embarrass his whole team because he knew he was the best I felt bad for him sometimes especially when he was in bad situations and awkward positions For example he wasn t the party type kind of person everyone actually thought he was The whole football team didn t see Ezra as just Ezra they saw him as everyone else did an All America football star who wants nothing but top stats and ranks But then Devon came in and she didn t believe everything she was told about him but instead she asked and she found out for herself She not only found out but she also saw She saw Ezra as someone who was also trying to get his senior year over with She saw in him what others didn t see a teenage boy who needed company Were you friends A pause Yeah Shit I said Do you want to cry Foster said Foster Scolding Foster came natural in almost any situation I m just saying a lot of guys don t think it s like socially acceptable to cry But you could cry if you wanted Because that s stupid Ezra was criticized but also praised As we learn about him and see him appear in the life of Devon we see that he is also someone with his own issues that nobody else knows He s alone even though he seems to be popular he hates the parties he goes too he can t swim he has a tragic past he s blamed for unfair shit and he s only recognized for the talent he shows But he s much than that He shows much and has so much capability but society is so bored than we only look at the bad ualities in people and judge them for what we see and not what we know Whereas Ezra is introduced as cold hearted rude and even conceited he is the opposite He is honest bold caring heartwarming and truly a boy anyone could fall in love with Additionally he becomes a major impact in the lives of Devon and Foster and oh boy was I thankful Further Ezra is someone you instantly love as you read into his story further on From the beginning I liked him Then it got to the point where I adored him and wanted nothing but the very best for him I admit I even almost cried during a specific scene he couldn t get away from and I was so thankful for the coincidences I don t believe in that Devon was surprisingly there helping him and basically saving him unbothered and unashamed I don t know how to talk like they do Ezra continued after a moment But I feel about you the way they feel in those books The way those guys feel about those girls they don t always deserve In addition Mills has got to seriously be one of the most realistic writers out there Ever I can t believe I waited so long to read this without any expectations and gladly went into it without any because I probably got than what I would ve had While there are things you wish to change there can be personal touches in this for many because of the reality you see The Jane Austen references the girl hate and girl love the slut shaming platonic relationships friendship towers building up romantic attractions football games intended puns realistic jokes judgment and overall the feeling of first love they were all things I adored from this For one of the most personal lines I read in this it really touched home It touched me hard and I almost cried because I really thought I was about to read about a character suffering in school I mean I wouldn t call it suffering but Devon truly was a character who needed someone to heal her and change her life not for the worse and not for the way others wanted her but for the ways she wanted to see herself in and it s this one Devon she said and somehow it felt like the voice speaking was a little Isobel and a little less Mrs Wentworth Do you want to go to college No one had ever asked me that College was the natural order of things According to my parents between birth and death there had to be college I don t know what else I would do I said Join the army was her simple replyI made a face I hate being yelled at The Peace Corps then A choking noise erupted from my throat something like a cast being strangled I hate being selfless Alright The twitching around Mrs Wentworth s lips started up again Get a job Just start working Just like that Lots of people do it Some very successful people never went to college Yeah Look at Hollywood There s one Go to Hollywood Become a star But I can t act I ve never even talked in a play So join drama club Oh yeah chorus member number twelve will be my ticket to stardom Why not First you have to like doing that kind of stuff which I don t and second you have to be good at it which I m not So what are you good at I don t know Nothing really As for the last thing I ll mention I didn t hate one single thing about this and that s saying a lot From the side characters to the other high school football teams to the overall plot I adored everything in this And yes I adored Cas even though I felt bad for him He had such a wonderful friendship with Devon but I wasn t able to see them together probably because his feelings were possibly revealed later on as Devon started getting closer to Ezra and he wasn t someone I felt bad for like I did with Ezra Nonetheless I still adored his character I loved his care for Devon and the potential they even held admittedly but I couldn t blame Devon for leaving her feelings for him behind They seemed better off as friends instead because of the idealistic feelings they started sharing for each other as time went by I 1110 recommend this for literally every contemporary fan Overall just read an Emma Mills book When you love something you can t be happy all the time can you Like that s why you love it It makes you feel all kinds of things not just happy It can hurt it can make you fucking mad but it makes you feel something you know

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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 firs. Find all of my reviews at week s trip to the libraryNetGalley was all due to status updates by Goodreads friends that hooked me like a fish immediately and had me clicking the reuest button without looking at ratings reviews synopses nada so it s those friends who are owed the credit Blame Guess the perspective depends on whether you like me or hate me for this week s reviews First Then got snatched up from the ol liburrrrrrry due to Liz adding it to her TBR with the note Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lightsfdkjaflajknf When I saw that I was excited than Kristen Bell getting a surprise visit from a sloth Google it if you re not familiar So worth it My reaction upon finishing I loved this sucker than chicken nuggets and that s saying a lot because Liz was right this was somewhat Pride Prejudice y and it definitely had than a bit of football and it was just soooooooooooooooooooooo sweet Adorably sweet Don t agree with me Just kidding MaybeNow I know the younger kids are going to see my picture and think what would an old hag of 29 like this woman know about being a kid Well diddly shit probably but I do know that my general state is anywhere between annoyed and full on stabby and somehow this book made me feel so smiley and it was so flippin cute I couldn t put it down If you have a young adult in your life I highly recommend this one And you should definitely listen to me because I m super hip and am down with all the things kids like If nothing else I am aware of the fact that Close your eyes real tight and then count to three hundred That s all you have to do You just count to three hundred and when you open your eyes five minutes will have passed And even if it hurts or things are shitty or you don t know what to do you just made it through five whole minutes And when it feels like you can t go on you just close your eyes and do it again That s all you need Just five minutes at a time Ugh My feeeeeeeelings again Abort Abort

10 thoughts on “First Then

  1. says:

    RE READ 83020 This book has brought me nothing but pure joy and laughter I read this when I was in my senior year of high school and I was able to see myself through Devon Now I'm a sopho in college and nothing has changed I'm still like Devon

  2. says:

    a recipe guide to books by emma mills 3 cups sunshine 14 cup fluffiest of fluff 1 tablespoon happiness a pinch of sprinkles

  3. says:

    Actual rating 25 stars because Ezra▶ In the end I got the impression that First Then was trying to address way too many issues without really giving them the time of a day Cut off the Darcy ish romance slooowly built that I genuinely enjoyed with the important exception of one of the most anticlimactic endin

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    if you hate girl hate judgmental characters slut shaming gender expectationsthen this is a book that will really annoy you for the first 23 or so before character development solves it allalso if you like football jane austen misunderstood jocksthen this is for you i only like one of those things and i managed to survivethis was mainly just okay but look what it managed to tackle wow all wrapped up in that cov

  5. says:

    I simply can’t measure the love I have for this book well I guess I can with these 5 stars I’m giving it but I just don’t feel like it accurately represents just HOW much I actually loved this story I couldn’t stop reading and ended up staying up way too late just to finish Can I tell you all a secret? I have never read a

  6. says:

    Find all of my reviews at week’s trip to the libraryNetGalley was all due to status updates by Goodreads’ friends that hooked me like a fish immediately and had me clicking the reuest button without looking at

  7. says:

    I DID IT I READ 7 BOOKS IN ONE WEEK I HAVE WON BOOKTUBE A THON 2017 screams falls into a heap on the floor This book was cute not my

  8. says:

    I liked this but I didn’t love it I have high hopes that Foolish Hearts is going to be the perfect Emma Mills book for me and I can’t wait to read it

  9. says:

    I'm sad I didn't enjoy this to its maximum potential because I adore the person who wrote it Emma is so hilarious and genuine and articulate in her youtube videos and I've been watching her since middle school Her book however I'm not a huge fan of She's a talented writer because she's SO incredibly smart but this book had no drive There was no real plot to it and it almost felt as if the wrong person was telling the story It foc

  10. says:

    When you love something you can’t be happy all the time can you? Like that’s why you love it It makes you feel all kinds of things not just happy It can hurt it can make you fucking mad butit makes you feel something y