Review: First and Then by Emma Mills



Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy 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, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive jock, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them–first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

With wit, heart, and humor to spare, First & Then is a contemporary novel about falling in love–with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Released: October 15, 2015

My Thoughts:

First- this was described as Pride & Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights.


    I’m an Austen lover, but I’m also a fan of contemporary romance.

     Small town centered around football? I UNDERSTAND.

    I will say that it took a bit for me to connect with the characters in the beginning. I didn’t GET Foster and I wasn’t feeling Devon either. Once I got into it- I was HOOKED.

    Sure, the story was predictable, like most romances, but it was fun. I loved all of the Austen references sprinkled here and there and we had a perfect Darcy-like character. Obviously, I can’t say WHO that character is or I’d give too many spoilers, but I like what was done here.

Plus, we get THIS moment in a round-about way:


Oh, Darcy…. ❤ And that ending! The adorableness of the ending made up for the time it took me to make a connection to the characters in the beginning.



I’m not sure that First & Then will be huge- I got it via October’s Uppercase box, but hadn’t heard much about it otherwise. The cover is ADORABLE, yet I can’t say that I would grab it in a store just based on the cover.

With that said, I wish that it would get the audience it deserves. Teenagers will LOVE it! Jane Austen fans will enjoy the references and contemporary fans will find it endearing. It is definitely worth a read!


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