Book Review: First & Then by Emma Mills

23310751First & Then
Author: Emma Mills
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
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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. 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.

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.


Quirky, dynamic characters are brought to life in a setting that spans the first semester of high school in First and Then. The book starts with our main character, Devon, trying to figure out what she wants to do for college after she graduates. Devon was a super cute character that I couldn’t help but connect with – throughout the book, she stresses on how everybody is good at something, except for herself. (Although, in particularly witty remarks.)

“‘Are there any particular majors you’re interested in?’
‘Not really.’ Saying advanced breakfast with a minor in cable television would surely bring about some epic battle that Mrs. Wentworth’s smile was doomed to lose.”

However, through the discoveries of senior year, Devon (and us readers) learn lessons that truly stick with us for the rest of life. This story isn’t a retelling of Pride & Prejudice for nothing!

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