First & Then by Emma Mills

Book: First & Then

Author: Emma Mills

Reviewed by: Maya L

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Summary: Devon Tennyson is a senior in high school. She doesn’t want to go to college and would much rather just sit and read a Jane Austen novel. She wishes to get through high school being in the background. But there’s a slight problem; she has a crush on her best friend. Not only that, but now her adopted brother, Foster, turns out to be a star on the football team. Being forced to go to his games, Devon meets who she thinks is a stuck-up captain. Soon enough, she finds out that the captain isn’t exactly who he seems to be. Realizing that her friendship was one-sided, Dev spends more time with the captain not fully grasping what his plans have been the whole time.

I liked that all the secrets built up throughout the story were revealed at the end. I liked that the people close to Devon were pushing her towards Ezra, but the people more distant were doing the opposite. I really enjoyed how even though she hated her foster brother, she protected him which in turn, forced him to do the same.

Personally, I would have liked the antagonizing characters to not have been forgiven so easily. The antagonizing characters all had excuses for their “misunderstandings”.

5/5

Everything about the book was well constructed, and thought out. There was a fair mix of good and bad characters that propelled the plot forward. I recommend this book to teens that want an easy read, and to be able to apply the story to their own experiences.

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