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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  14,896 ratings  ·  2,487 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Pauline I loved this:
""But don't you love it?"


"Yeah, I love football..."

"So why don't you look happy when you play? You're the best at it. You'd th…more
I loved this:
""But don't you love it?"


"Yeah, I love football..."

"So why don't you look happy when you play? You're the best at it. You'd think you'd be the happiest guy in the world."

"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 f*cking mad, but it makes you feel something, you know?""(less)
Christinalovesreading Charlie, I don't think not eating the potato skins is an American thing! I thought it was a weird reference too. I'm American and I have never heard o…moreCharlie, I don't think not eating the potato skins is an American thing! I thought it was a weird reference too. I'm American and I have never heard of any reason not to, I mean we have a full appetizer that is called baked potato skins! Haha ! My mom always said it's where all the vitamin c is. (less)

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Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2020
RE-READ: 8/30/20
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 sophomore 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 at.

Truly one of the best YA contemporaries I've read. Thank you Emma Mills for writing
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
a recipe guide to books by emma mills:

3 cups sunshine
1/4 cup fluffiest of fluff
1 tablespoon happiness
a pinch of sprinkles

mix together and bake at the highest level of love for about 300 pages. finish and enjoy your perfectly crafted book of contemporary goodness.

ive said it before and i will say it again - emma mills has perfected the feel-good story. this had friendship, and family, and love, and school shenanigans, and parties, and sports. pretty much everything you could want from a cont
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Actual rating : 2.5 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 ending I've ever read - Ugh, just ugh), the reader makes its way in a widespread confusion :

☑ You've got truthful "WTF" moment where you realize that you have no idea what the character
if you hate:
- girl hate
- judgmental characters
- slut shaming
- gender expectations

then this is a book that will really annoy you for the first 2/3 or so before character development solves it all!!

also, if you like:
- football
- jane austen
- misunderstood jocks

then this is for you. i only like one of those things and i managed to survive.

this was mainly just okay, but look what it managed to tackle!! wow. all wrapped up in that cover. (i am a heart eyes emoji right now.)

bottom line: UNDERNEATH THE
Jaime Arkin
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.

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Can I tell you all a secret? I have never read a single Jane Austen book. Ever.

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Okay, stop with the astonished looks. I will tell you this. I am not much for the classics. I told myself I was going to read more o
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

Last week’s trip to the library/NetGalley was all due to status updates by Goodreads’ friends that hooked me like a fish immediately and had me clicking the request 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 ad
Whitney Atkinson
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 focuses heavily on a character that's not the main characte ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr-i-own
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 favorite contemporary but it was cute and I liked the second half quite a lot... It wasn't anything completely special though... but it was cute!!
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
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!
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

"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?”

While both underwhelming and absolutely perfect, this was exactly what I needed. I say this because I am having the hardest time lately, between work, home life, and my little fur babies, writing reviews. It’s starting to bother me that I am losing m
3 stars

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This is my second Emma Mills book, and though I didn't love everything about it, I still enjoyed listening to it. My favorite thing about his story was Ezra. I wasn't sure if I was going to love him at first, but I really really did. I also loved the heroines brother, Foster. Every scene he was in made me smile. Devon was someone I couldn't connect with. I think Emma Mills writing is great and I'm looking forward to reading more from her. I have hope that my favorite book by her is on
As i sit here and mark this book as "read" on goodreads, GR tells me that i've read 305 books and i've only rated 27 of those books five stars. Out of these 27 books i've only rated two contemporaries five stars The Kite Runner and Anna and the French Kiss. And it is my honor and privilege to give this book, this absolute masterpiece a complete five stars.

Emma Mills ... you have my heart from now on.
Why didn't I realize this was a retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" in a modern setting? I would have picked it up sooner and I missed getting the author to sign it at a Fierce Reads event. *smacks head* 

Quite easily one of the cutest contemporary stories that have similar personalities to the beloved Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, all told within a football town with an adorable little cousin to match. I pretty much devoured this in one sitting, even if I'm on a good contemporary kick at the mo
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
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."

This is just the second book in my Pride and Prejudice
♛ may
reading emma mills's books makes me feel like i ingested fairy dust and now i'm a magical being that only knows sprinkles and happiness

so, objectively speaking (and in comparison to her more recent works), this is a very flawed book but I DON'T CARE. it made me so freaking HAPPY i had to put my life on hold for 24 hours and stay up way past my bed time just so i could finish it fhgfhdhghf

characters & their development
- our mc, devon, started off being this self-centered goose who only cared abo
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was seriously so adorable.
I loved the characters and was obsessed with the story (I just went to a movie and I couldn't stop thinking about getting home and finishing it). I definitely enjoyed Devon as a main character, and I especially related to her not really knowing what she wanted to do after high school because that was definitely me senior year.
There were different small elements of the writing that I didn't enjoy, and I also wasn't a huge fan of how Devon thought and spoke about ot
Kells Next Read
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What can I say about this light hearted, fluffy endearing read. I think that this book has something for everyone, it can be enjoyed by all as, ( in some small way or the other ) we all can ( at some point in our lives ) relate to what the author has penned. I laughed, I cried and was not able to stop reading until this engaging and mesmerizing piece of work was through.

I loved all the characters, the way they were presented and how they were seamlessly integrated into the storyline and our
Danielle (Love at First Page)
When you tell me a book is Friday Night Lights meets Pride and Prejudice, well, there’s no way I can resist. Football and Jane Austen? Yes, please! I’ll be the first one in line. Of course, with that comes very high expectations, but for once the rumors are true: First & Then really does fulfill that appealing combination. It’s a celebration of our high school years and football, of romance and modern day Jane Austen. While it’s not perfect, it’s definitely a book that made me grin and swoon, a ...more
Norah Una Sumner

I loved this book much more than I expected. Sarcastic characters, a unique family, hate-to-love relationship, sports, great sibling relationship, funny dialogues - Everything I want a book to have. And it made me cry for God's sake. I rarely cry and this one made me both cry and laugh out loud. I am a sucker for P&P retellings,I have to admit, and this book did not disappoint. The main character is extremely relatable and I loved reading from her perspective. The romance is slow-burning but tha
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2, favorites
This was such an adorable book. Emma Mills is going on my list of must-read authors. Cute writing voice. The perfect blend of serious issues, high school humor, wonderful sibling and friend relationships (my favorite thing was the relationship between sister and cousin/brother), and sweet slow burn romance. Emma Mills writes those SO well. This was a completely feel-good book. Loved it!

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
celine (celinereads)
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-2016
I can't stop smiling!

First & Then is such a cute and fast book to read. I actually enjoyed it more than I was expecting to. I love the characters, the friendship, the family aspect, and the whole storyline.

I highly recommend First & Then! :)
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

First & Then by Emma Mills
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
I just love Emma Mills' books from their cute and creative covers, to their titles, to their characters, their stories, everything is to adore. First & Then is light, but also profound, very funny…

“As far as I was concerned, physical education was evil.”

“College was the natural order of things. According to my parents, between birth and death, there had to be college.”

…surprisingly introspective, touching, heartwarming, and enjoyable just like the other two books by Ms. Emma Mills I have re
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to write less than 300 pages contemporary and try to fit everything in it.
I don't know if it's just me but certain books just scream fluffy and cute and that's what I went with reading this even tho I had no idea what's it about except for football (the American one). It was just meh for me.
It has good character development but as I said the book just screamed fluffy and cute before I read it and I don't think that combination works well. What I mean by that is if a character goes thro
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Oh my gosh...that was sooooo flippin' adorable. My sis kept coming into my office while I was listening, and every time she'd ask why I was smiling. Easy...I couldn't stop because this book was so cute. I loved the homage to Jane Austen, to the snarky protagonist who could maybe take a page from one of her favorite books and try a little harder. With friends. In school. At life in general.

The author of this book actually performed the narration, and it was perfect. I always love it when an autho
You'll probably know by now that any book that has anything to do with Pride and Prejudice will be bound to catch my attention, at one point or another. I had heard about First & Then a while ago, via goodreads, but never got around to getting a copy until I discovered by library has ebooks that you can request, and this was top of my wishlist.

First & Then is a sort of modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, taking place in a prestigious school. The main character, Devon, is just trying to cope
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
the sheer amount of serotonin Emma Mill’s novels give me 🥺

okay but truly, there is nothing more comforting than settling down in a comfy chair, coffee in hand, to indulge in a couple of hours of mindless, well-written fluff. objectively speaking, First & Then is far from Mill’s best work, but there is something so irresistibly wholesome about her writing that gets me every time.

to be honest, the entire concept of this book sounds fairly unattractive on paper; you’ve got an unrequited love triang
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, 2019
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rarely is a novel ever so utterly perfect that I've fallen in love from the very first page. First and Then was nothing short of immaculate and one of the loveliest contemporaries I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

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It follows the story of Devon, the girl, not the luncheon meat. She's an only child with doting parents and no real direction throughout her senior year of school. Then fourteen year old Foster comes to stay. Oh Foster, he was such a breath of fresh air. Adorably
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Emma Mills is the author of several novels for Young Adults.

She holds a PhD in cell biology and is known for her YouTube channel, Elmify. She is also the co-creator and co-host of the "life skills" channel How to Adult, which ended in 2016.

Mills lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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