First & Then
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.
This was a quick read. It was Pride & Prejudice flavored and charming, though a bit cliche. Foster’s character specifically is lovable. There is some swearing, so that was a bit of a turn-off for me, but overall the story was cute enough for me to look past it. There is some underage drinking in this story, but the overall theme speaks against drinking, so that didn’t bother me as much.
Would I recommend this to a fellow book lover? Sure.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? Maybe.
4 of 5 stars.