First & Then

Narrated by: Emma Mills
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Emma Mills (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

" First & Then is like first love: profound and stirring, surprising and funny, and utterly delightful." (T. Michael Martin, author of The End Games)

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Realistic, adorkable and heart warming

This was a beautiful story of the final year of high school. There was family love, friend love and romantic love. The main character was relatably akward while retaining her own personality. The author also did some amazing narration for the audiobook. I can't wait for more from this author.

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Great story!

The story was great, it was funny and moving at the same time. The author performance as the narrator was perfect! Can't wait to tell all my friends about it!

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Was hoping for more

It was hard to enjoy this book because I didn't like the main character Devon. She had no ambitions, didn't try to do anything with herself, was super judgmental, and treated everyone like crap. She never really improved personality wise until the very end when people treat her nicely and she's shocked by it. I really didn't like how she treated her cousin Foster at first because he was so nice to her and was the sweetest and best character of the book. After a while she finally decides she wants to be his bodyguard to protect him, but I really think it's because Ezra took an interest in him. I will say I enjoyed Emma Mills a lot and made getting through this book much more enjoyable. She is fantastic. I want her to narrate all the YA books. There are some parts I were ok. Nothing I can really say that stood out to me or a favorite moment. Devon ruined a lot of moments. Not even the awkward relationship between her and Ezra was enough to make me truly like this book.

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Very honest and true to life.

This is a wonderfully realistic portrayal of a slice of life through a teenager's perspective. That precarious balance between innocent self absorption and growing awareness of the world and others through first experiences and budding self-analysis. The author faithfully captured the characters in the short moment where the selfishness is still unintentional, but is rapidly becoming inexcusable because they are at the age when they should really start to know better. And throughout the book they do start to know better, which was beautiful to witness. The characters are also a very believably diverse group of kids - united by the same time and place, but realistically different in levels of maturity, intelligence, emotional baggage and awareness, The narration is good, but not great - some dialogues were hard to follow because the character voices seemed mismatched or the transition from one to another hard to distinguish. But other than that - unobjectionable.

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Great YA

I would definitely recommend this book, I liked the realness of it. The characters resemble the real people trying to figure out their way in life.

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Lacking in development, narrator not enjoyable to listen to

Audio version was very hard to follow. Authors voice did not translate well. Conversations were also very hard to follow because you couldn't tell who was speaking. Characters were underdeveloped. Foster's character and storyline was very enjoyable to follow however his relationship with and the character of Maribel should've been explored more. Devon and Ezra's "relationship" left me like, "Huh?" Because they had the tiniest bit of direct (and minimal) interaction before they were suddenly in love with each other. Her college essay was a huge part of the beginning and then disappeared. And to call this anything meets Friday Night Lights is a disservice to Friday Night Lights. I wouldn't recommend this book but it was somewhat decent. Foster's journey earned the stars.

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