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First & Then Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Gr 8 Up-Mills captures the exhilaration and agony of being a teen in this relatable story. Devon Tennyson is happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, nursing an unrequited crush, and blissfully ignoring whatever's going to happen after high school. But the sudden appearance of her cousin Foster and Devon's unexpected interest in her school's star running back, Ezra, turn her life upside down. The author also narrates, easily handling the tricky lower range of teenage boys as well as several adult males and a host of female characters of various ages. Mills transitions among the characters without missing a beat. The conversations between Devon and her cousin Foster, especially, demonstrate both her talent for voices and her pitch-perfect ear for teenage dialogue. VERDICT Listeners in middle and high school-and plenty of adults-will be begging for a sequel.-Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"First & Then is like first love: profound and stirring, surprising and funny, and utterly delightful.” ―T. Michael Martin, author of The End Games
“A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Readers looking for an innocent romance with a relatable protagonist will enjoy this Austen-inspired work.” ―School Library Journal
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Is it possible to love a Side Character so much more than the MC's because that's what happened with this story? Jordan is literally sunshine and my favorite. Ever.
First & Then is said to be a retelling of a classic; not just any classic but Pride & PRejudice. And i find it to be a refreshing retelling. TBH had i not already known it was a retelling; i probably wouldn't have said this is a retelling but once you knwo you can kind of see the signs.
Something else that really sticks out is the way that the happy ending is open; you see the MC's grow and yes it's a YA Contemporary Romance so of course there's a romantic happy ending; but it leaves you wanting more for Devon's future. She has her sights set on a college but has trouble finding things special about her to pad her resume with. But it takes a visit to the college to make her want 'more', to want to push for more and excel, not just be average.
I would recommend this story for someone looking for a fun Contemporary retelling of P&P and fans of Kasie West or Francesca Zappia.
Love Love Love.
What is there not to love?
I am not a football fan and sadly, I have never seen Friday Night Lights. But I hear it’s good.
First & Then is a fabulous contemporary story of Devin who’s life changes drastically when her cousin Foster comes to visit. Devin is a great narrator. She’s nice enough to want to be her friend, but not a pushover. She’s sympathetic to her cousin Foster’s feelings, but still feels annoyed and sometimes embarrassed by his awkwardness, resulting in these two quickly taking on sibling roles more than cousins. And of course, who can’t relate to poor Devin’s ultimate crush on her best friend Cas. Star, handsome and not into Devin at all like that.
Foster is sweet and weird and my heart really twisted for him. He’s stronger than people thinks he is and I liked his development as a character the most. It starts with a new school, a new family and then new friends and expectations. His journey is handled with care and finesse.
Of course our Ezra is perfect for Devin, even if she doesn’t know it. Socially awkward, yet popular due to his athletic achievements, Ezra is abrupt and guarded and just plain grumpy. Mills adds nuances to Ezra’s character that makes him stand out as the perfect Mr. Darcy in her world, but also adds a touch of heart early on by playing into Ezra’s vulnerability at being a public figure.
The story is more than a Pride & Prejudice retelling. It’s heartwarming and charming, adding the excitement of homecoming and football and discovering family means many things to many different people. The characters all go through organic changes, allowing them to find their own way through the book, misunderstandings and all.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy so I can read it again!
(Also, that cover is eye grabbing! I wanted to read the book based on cover alone!)
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