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First Then

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 firs 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 Can I tell you all a secret? I have never read a single Jane Austen book Ever 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 of them I just haven’t I promise I will read them or one or something BUT the reason I’m saying that is because this book summary sells it as Pride Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights Did you guys know I’m a bit of a sucker for sports related stories? First Then kind of revolves around football I mean it’s definitely a part of the story but it’s not the whole story Devon Tennyson is kind of drifting through her senior year of high school she’s spent ages crushing over her best friend Cas and once an only child her house and life is now being overrun by her younger long lost cousin’s presence I think what I loved most in this story were the relationships and the way they were explored Devon and Foster are kind of forced into a type of brothersister relationship which you can tell from the beginning that she kind of resents Foster for his part seems nice and even a bit sweet even though he’s a bit closed off about his emotions and feelings but his life has been anything but nice and sweet Despite his history I loved his protectiveness towards Devon and I really enjoyed their dynamic togetherDevon herself is totally my kind of girl She’s funny and snarky and there were times that I found myself literally laughing out loud while reading parts of this book “Linds?”“Yeah Lindsay You know”Oh I knew A cute nickname was the first mile marker on Gag Highway Or High school parties are breeding grounds for idiotic people with too much drama and not enough sense Of course there is a boy or two I mentioned Cas Devon’s best friend earlier and I honestly really loved their ease together and their friendship I thought I really liked him but then something happens at the end that really just crushed me I’m not telling you what it is you’ll figure it out when you read it but let’s just say his swoon factor dropped exponentiallyThe second boy is Ezra Devon has Ezra pegged as a huge asshole when she realizes that they are the only seniors in a freshman gym class together and he treats her like crap Oh Ezra is an all American football player best on the team and going to the college of his choosing But he’s not the guy everyone has him pegged as and I really really enjoyed the evolution of their relationship My only complaint kissing please LOL Overall a wonderfully told story of love and friendship family and loss and finding the things that drive you And yes it’s my understanding that fans of Austen will recognize the references while reading even if I didn’t Put this one on your TBR list now pre order it and then wait patiently by your mailbox because you NEED to read this one as soon as you possibly can

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T into her PE 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 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 uite a lot It wasn't anything completely special though but it was cute Essential but Unplanned yourself 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 uite a lot It wasn't anything completely special though but it was cute

Emma Mills · 5 Free download

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 Actual rating 25 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 characters are doing think scenes cut short weird transitions a general WHERE DOES THAT EVEN COMES FROM? feeling and characters who pop up from nowhere☑ You've got important issues that aren't addressed properlyleft unresolved in a nutshell a mum in rehab maybe? I guess? a teenage pregnancy what is the point of Marabelle's character really? a weird gambler survivor guy don't get me started about that Emir guy who is this person and why should I care for him? Huh? a crazy asshole who puts a psycho move when it's convenient but we know nothing about him whatsoever and guess what it isn't handled at all either an attempt at girl friendship resolved in two pages how to deal with grief completely superficial and lacking feels and big revelations that felt flat because they came out of nowhere None of these issues are properly dealt with ☑ You've got flat characters whose names I didn't bother to remember except Cas the so called best friend whose name I do remember but whose personality I never saw not that I was interested in this jerk in the first place to be honest☑ You've got an uneven pacing and an uneven writing if that makes sense if some parts made me really smile others made me roll my eyes something fierce because HELLO cheesy lines especially in the first 30% that got me bored and the last 40% WTF and cheese blended together Yes I do realize that the only part that remains is the middle ish 30 60% Don't judge To be fair I did appreciate Devon's growth toward her cousin Foster who's been living with her family since the beginning of the story If I wanted to slap her at first she started opening her eyes wider and slowly slowly became aware that fitting in wasn't the only life goal we could pursue Good for you girl Note that I didn't hate her I mostly felt indifferent to her to be honestAs I did appreciate several of Devon and Ezra's non interactions because I have a soft spot for guys who have the communicating skills of a turtle I really do Don't ask Too bad everything felt flat and cheapened in the whole mess that was this novel Sorry I guess I'm just mad I hate when the last thought that comes to my mind after closing a book is WHAT WAS THE FUCKING POINT? You don't add important issues to a story only to let them hanging in the air somewhereview spoilerAnd you do NOT ruin a kissing scene I was looking forward to read hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “First Then

  1. says:

    RE READ 83020 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 sopho 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 atTruly one of the best YA contemporaries I've read Thank you Emma Mills for writing this I've read all her books and this is definitely her best work in my opinion with This Adventure Ends following second and Foolish Hearts third★・・・・・・★・・・・・・★・・・・・・★・・・・・・★ I looked up at Ezra Lyney who was according to Rachel Woodson's crap article one of the best high school running backs in the country He was also best friend to Foster He left the charts in generosity and loyalty and honor At least in my book Humorous sarcastic loveable and relatable in some ways this delivered much than what the blurb offered I have never felt so much happiness while reading until now In First Then we follow the life of Devon Tennyson who well is your typical high school senior trying her best to finish her last year and get into college Except it isn't going very well While she isn't having the best college application life process she enjoys her Friday nights sitting on the bleachers watching the football game secretly crushing on her best friend Cas and adapting to the new life with her foster cousin FosterBut then Foster's kick is seen in gym class and he gets the opportunity to play varsity in the football team if he catches up and follows the rules in order to make it With the help of Ezra the best and highest in the team he is sure he'll be able to make it On the other hand Devon is trying to cooperate and see what good she can get from this When she's offered the chance of being a journalist as something to help her for her lack of extracurriculars she takes the offer of interviewing Ezra and learning about him Little did she know that everything said about Ezra is not uite what she expected as she seems to be dismissing the feelings for Cas and entering the world of Ezra a world she never knew she would ever grow to anticipate When I was a freshman I had braces and pimples than I could count I didn't wear makeup I didn't own short shorts I had never tasted alcohol and I certainly didn't know how or why you would ever want to blow anything I can't say enough how much joy this book brought me I laughed I smiled I groaned I ughed and I rolled my eyes Emma Mills has a way with simple and realistic words writing what YA contemporary romance truly is and what it should be From the dialogues to the realistic high school situations the main character in this Devon has truly been not only one of the best characters I have read about Although not displayed you can tell she has her own issues that aren't portrayed and shown but as a reader you can analyze them She's hilarious witty and has a personality that may or may not take time to understand because of who she is The thing is we share the exact same oneDevon is someone struggling with her last year and struggling with her college application Let me tell you as a high school senior I was able to relate in every possible damn way She doesn't have any ambitions to share into applying to her application; she isn't the type of person that will go out and help out at an animal shelter medical center the library the school or anywhere where volunteer hours are acceptable to be completed Devon is someone trying to make the best out of it but she isn't doing the very best and I can't tell you enough how much I loved her because of that She had character development as she was growing to love herself her new family addition and the boy she least expected to fall in love with Her humor attitude and the way she acted with everyone were like reading about me—someone trying to get along with everyone while embarrassing herself because of the conversations she was somewhat able to form but also the ones she couldn't form When you read this you'll notice Devon isn't a smart person but that was why she touched a special place in my heart As a future hopeful college student I want to take the definition of life as Devon took it She's like the true embodiment of a YA contemporary realistic character especially in the year this book was published up to now Devon is someone who I wish I was best friends with She's the person I want to go watch movies with spend Friday nights sitting down in the bleachers watching the football game pretending I care or just skip the game and go back home to binge watch our favorite tv series The character development of Devon was ideally slow She had to learn from herself and from the people she least expected in her life to make it better and the way she handled every situation she was in was refreshing especially when she wasn't afraid to defend herself and Foster The way her relationship with Foster grew made me almost tear up as their love began as unnatural love but then grew into a special bond that she didn't think she'd end up becoming like an older sister to him The relationship and friendship between Devon and Foster are one of the most supportive ones and it gets to the point where the realness hits you really hard because you can't do anything but want the best for themI can't fully empathize on the full love I grew for Devon without repeating everything She is someone pursuing general happiness for herself and for the people around her There were so many times her lines felt like I was reading about my life I felt like I had never done anything I had never suffered I had never triumphed I was a middle class kid from the burbs who had managed to be rather unspectacular for the last seventeen years First Then has one of the most beautiful portrayals of love whether its friend love true love andor family love Family acceptance support and love in this are such major key roles and are portrayed in very healthy manners Devon's parents are the most supportive parents I've encountered Their love for her and Foster is eually different and I can't explain how important these displays are in books Devon's mom was one of the most beautiful additions to this story She is what a mother should be accepting loving and supportive She wanted the very best for her daughter and I really saw my mother when I read her lines She isn’t angry or isn’t forcing Devon to have a 40 GPA or even higher She is simply being a mother—the woman who raised her daughter the way she is And I think that was important to see the family dynamics in this as important because it is and it’s important to note that parents should be parents not people who force their child into doing than they can becoming the top student and turning them into selfish people Mills did such a wonderful job with this portrayal and I can’t wait to read her other books to see important portrayals displayed correctly My mom poured me a glass of milk sueezed in a healthy dose of chocolate syrup and told me that this just wasn’t the universe where Cas and I were right for each other simple as that Maybe in another time or place maybe if he were different or if I were different “But you don’t want to make yourself different for a boy” she said “You don’t want to make yourself different for anyone” My reply was something halfway between a sob and “You just don’t get it” But my mother persisted “Someday someone will like you for you just the way you are And as much as you like Cas this other person will be so much better for you” The relationship between Devon and Ezra was one of cutest relationships I’ve read about It is so slow but oh so well developed They are both characters trying to understand the other but I have to give points for the intelligence of Devon’s analytical skills She didn’t see Ezra as some cocky football star who got all the girls and was an egotistical jerk who used his football talent to embarrass his whole team because he knew he was the best I felt bad for him sometimes especially when he was in bad situations and awkward positions For example he wasn't the party type kind of person everyone actually thought he was The whole football team didn't see Ezra as just Ezra they saw him as everyone else did an All America football star who wants nothing but top stats and ranks But then Devon came in and she didn’t believe everything she was told about him but instead she asked and she found out for herself She not only found out but she also saw She saw Ezra as someone who was also trying to get his senior year over with She saw in him what others didn’t see a teenage boy who needed company “Were you friends?”A pause “Yeah”“Shit” I said“Do you want to cry?” Foster said“Foster” Scolding Foster came natural in almost any situation“I'm just saying a lot of guys don't think it's like socially acceptable to cry But you could cry if you wanted Because that's stupid” Ezra was criticized but also praised As we learn about him and see him appear in the life of Devon we see that he is also someone with his own issues that nobody else knows He’s alone even though he seems to be popular he hates the parties he goes too he can’t swim he has a tragic past he’s blamed for unfair shit and he’s only recognized for the talent he shows But he’s much than that He shows much and has so much capability but society is so bored than we only look at the bad ualities in people and judge them for what we see and not what we know Whereas Ezra is introduced as cold hearted rude and even conceited he is the opposite He is honest bold caring heartwarming and truly a boy anyone could fall in love with Additionally he becomes a major impact in the lives of Devon and Foster and oh boy was I thankful Further Ezra is someone you instantly love as you read into his story further on From the beginning I liked him Then it got to the point where I adored him and wanted nothing but the very best for him I admit I even almost cried during a specific scene he couldn’t get away from and I was so thankful for the coincidences I don’t believe in that Devon was surprisingly there helping him and basically saving him unbothered and unashamed “I don't know how to talk like they do” Ezra continued after a moment “But I feel about you the way they feel in those books The way those guys feel about those girls they don't always deserve” In addition Mills has got to seriously be one of the most realistic writers out there Ever I can’t believe I waited so long to read this without any expectations and gladly went into it without any because I probably got than what I would’ve had While there are things you wish to change there can be personal touches in this for many because of the reality you see The Jane Austen references the girl hate and girl love the slut shaming platonic relationships friendship towers building up romantic attractions football games intended puns realistic jokes judgment and overall the feeling of first love they were all things I adored from this For one of the most personal lines I read in this it really touched home It touched me hard and I almost cried because I really thought I was about to read about a character suffering in school I mean I wouldn’t call it suffering but Devon truly was a character who needed someone to heal her and change her life not for the worse and not for the way others wanted her but for the ways she wanted to see herself in and it's this one “Devon” she said and somehow it felt like the voice speaking was a little Isobel and a little less Mrs Wentworth “Do you want to go to college?”No one had ever asked me that College was the natural order of things According to my parents between birth and death there had to be college“I don't know what else I would do” I said“Join the army” was her simple replyI made a face “I hate being yelled at”“The Peace Corps then” A choking noise erupted from my throat something like a cast being strangled “I hate being selfless”“Alright” The twitching around Mrs Wentworth's lips started up again “Get a job”“Just start working? Just like that”“Lots of people do it Some very successful people never went to college”“Yeah Look at Hollywood”“There's one Go to Hollywood Become a star”“But I can't act I've never even talked in a play”“So join drama club”“Oh yeah chorus member number twelve will be my ticket to stardom”“Why not?”“First you have to like doing that kind of stuff which I don't and second you have to be good at it which I'm not”“So what are you good at?”“I don't know Nothing really” As for the last thing I'll mention I didn't hate one single thing about this and that's saying a lot From the side characters to the other high school football teams to the overall plot I adored everything in this And yes I adored Cas even though I felt bad for him He had such a wonderful friendship with Devon but I wasn't able to see them together probably because his feelings were possibly revealed later on as Devon started getting closer to Ezra and he wasn't someone I felt bad for like I did with Ezra Nonetheless I still adored his character I loved his care for Devon and the potential they even held admittedly but I couldn't blame Devon for leaving her feelings for him behind They seemed better off as friends instead because of the idealistic feelings they started sharing for each other as time went by I 1110 recommend this for literally every contemporary fan Overall just read an Emma Mills book 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?


  2. says:

    a recipe guide to books by emma mills 3 cups sunshine 14 cup fluffiest of fluff 1 tablespoon happiness a pinch of sprinklesmix 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 contemporary her stories honestly put me in the best mood a mood where i never want summer to end being surrounded by those i care about without a single care in the world her books just make me want to live my best life and i am here for it ↠ 4 stars


  3. says:

    Actual rating 25 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 characters are doing think scenes cut short weird transitions a general WHERE DOES THAT EVEN COMES FROM? feeling and characters who pop up from nowhere☑ You've got important issues that aren't addressed properlyleft unresolved in a nutshell a mum in rehab maybe? I guess? a teenage pregnancy what is the point of Marabelle's character really? a weird gambler survivor guy don't get me started about that Emir guy who is this person and why should I care for him? Huh? a crazy asshole who puts a psycho move when it's convenient but we know nothing about him whatsoever and guess what it isn't handled at all either an attempt at girl friendship resolved in two pages how to deal with grief completely superficial and lacking feels and big revelations that felt flat because they came out of nowhere None of these issues are properly dealt with ☑ You've got flat characters whose names I didn't bother to remember except Cas the so called best friend whose name I do remember but whose personality I never saw not that I was interested in this jerk in the first place to be honest☑ You've got an uneven pacing and an uneven writing if that makes sense if some parts made me really smile others made me roll my eyes something fierce because HELLO cheesy lines especially in the first 30% that got me bored and the last 40% WTF and cheese blended together Yes I do realize that the only part that remains is the middle ish 30 60% Don't judge To be fair I did appreciate Devon's growth toward her cousin Foster who's been living with her family since the beginning of the story If I wanted to slap her at first she started opening her eyes wider and slowly slowly became aware that fitting in wasn't the only life goal we could pursue Good for you girl Note that I didn't hate her I mostly felt indifferent to her to be honestAs I did appreciate several of Devon and Ezra's non interactions because I have a soft spot for guys who have the communicating skills of a turtle I really do Don't ask Too bad everything felt flat and cheapened in the whole mess that was this novel Sorry I guess I'm just mad I hate when the last thought that comes to my mind after closing a book is WHAT WAS THE FUCKING POINT? You don't add important issues to a story only to let them hanging in the air somewhereview spoilerAnd you do NOT ruin a kissing scene I was looking forward to read hide spoiler


  4. says:

    if you hate girl hate judgmental characters slut shaming gender expectationsthen this is a book that will really annoy you for the first 23 or so before character development solves it allalso if you like football jane austen misunderstood jocksthen this is for you i only like one of those things and i managed to survivethis 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 nowbottom line UNDERNEATH THE DUST JACKET OF THIS HARDCOVER THERE'S ANOTHER DESIGN the thing i feel most passionate about when it comes to this book is its exterior aesthetic so i'm running with that


  5. says:

    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 Can I tell you all a secret? I have never read a single Jane Austen book Ever 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 of them I just haven’t I promise I will read them or one or something BUT the reason I’m saying that is because this book summary sells it as Pride Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights Did you guys know I’m a bit of a sucker for sports related stories? First Then kind of revolves around football I mean it’s definitely a part of the story but it’s not the whole story Devon Tennyson is kind of drifting through her senior year of high school she’s spent ages crushing over her best friend Cas and once an only child her house and life is now being overrun by her younger long lost cousin’s presence I think what I loved most in this story were the relationships and the way they were explored Devon and Foster are kind of forced into a type of brothersister relationship which you can tell from the beginning that she kind of resents Foster for his part seems nice and even a bit sweet even though he’s a bit closed off about his emotions and feelings but his life has been anything but nice and sweet Despite his history I loved his protectiveness towards Devon and I really enjoyed their dynamic togetherDevon herself is totally my kind of girl She’s funny and snarky and there were times that I found myself literally laughing out loud while reading parts of this book “Linds?”“Yeah Lindsay You know”Oh I knew A cute nickname was the first mile marker on Gag Highway Or High school parties are breeding grounds for idiotic people with too much drama and not enough sense Of course there is a boy or two I mentioned Cas Devon’s best friend earlier and I honestly really loved their ease together and their friendship I thought I really liked him but then something happens at the end that really just crushed me I’m not telling you what it is you’ll figure it out when you read it but let’s just say his swoon factor dropped exponentiallyThe second boy is Ezra Devon has Ezra pegged as a huge asshole when she realizes that they are the only seniors in a freshman gym class together and he treats her like crap Oh Ezra is an all American football player best on the team and going to the college of his choosing But he’s not the guy everyone has him pegged as and I really really enjoyed the evolution of their relationship My only complaint kissing please LOL Overall a wonderfully told story of love and friendship family and loss and finding the things that drive you And yes it’s my understanding that fans of Austen will recognize the references while reading even if I didn’t Put this one on your TBR list now pre order it and then wait patiently by your mailbox because you NEED to read this one as soon as you possibly can


  6. says:

    Find all of my reviews at week’s trip to the libraryNetGalley was all due to status updates by Goodreads’ friends that hooked me like a fish immediately and had me clicking the reuest 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 adding it to her TBR with the note “Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lightsfdkjaflajknf” When I saw that I was excited than Kristen Bell getting a surprise visit from a sloth Google it if you’re not familiar So worth it My reaction upon finishing? I loved this sucker than chicken nuggets and that’s saying a lot because Liz was right – this was somewhat Pride Prejudice y and it definitely had than a bit of football and it was just soooooooooooooooooooooo sweet Adorably sweet Don’t agree with me???? Just kidding MaybeNow I know the younger kids are going to see my picture and think “what would an old hag of 29 like this woman know about being a kid???” Well diddly shit probably but I do know that my general state is anywhere between annoyed and full on stabby and somehow this book made me feel so smiley and it was so flippin’ cute I couldn’t put it down If you have a young adult in your life I highly recommend this one And you should definitely listen to me because I’m super hip and am down with all the things kids like If nothing else I am aware of the fact that “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” Ugh My feeeeeeeelings again Abort Abort


  7. says:

    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 uite a lot It wasn't anything completely special though but it was cute


  8. says:

    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


  9. says:

    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 character and reading about him from an outside perspective was boring I found myself struggling to get through this around page 100 I considered a DNF but pushed through This book is filled with football terminology football games football players football parties etc and I was extremely bored by that as well I see the potential in Emma's writing and characters since some bits and pieces did come together to make a uite touching story but this is one of those contemporaries that are just light and happy and angsty and I'm not a huge fan of them any so I was just waiting for something interesting to happen but it never didI hear her newest one coming out later this year is really good and so since I love her I'm going to give that one a try as well But this one wasn't my cup of tea


  10. says:

    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 butit 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 my reviewing time I find the moments when I write a review so cathartic and to lose that has been devastating My time on GR has even dwindled But I’m not one to stop because it’s simply difficult So here I am making time to write a review for a book that not only kept me sane with its understated simplicity but with it’s all around alluring characters and smooth albeit not what I expected at all story line We reached my car which was a shameful distance from the curb and sticking into the street at a really awkward angle I couldn’t parallel park to save my life I can’t say I fell head over heels for this like I had imagined or hoped I would but there was just something so charming hidden deep within these pages I find many times that my favorite stories are those that I feel like I could have lived IE realistic fiction It’s not enough to write a cheesy story that plays on the clichés of high school I like to feel as though I’m trapped in the pages along with all the other characters And while this one wasn’t perfect it certainly made me smile laugh and extremely happy It’s weird Sometimes it feels like we’re still the ones in the pictures and everything that happened after happened to other people And then sometimes we’re the other people and the strangers are in the frames” Perhaps one of my favorite things about this novel besides the uiet brooding male lead was the references to Jane Eyre I’ve never personally read anything by Jane Eyre but I found it a uirky defining character trait for our MC 'If I were Jane I’d say something like’ ‘If this were a Jane Eyre novel I’d carry myself’ etc etc It was cute and funny and I found that it kept me engaged for whatever reason And keep in mind I didn’t say those lines even closely to how she says them but I wanted to kind of give you an idea of what she was like I really think you should you know give that uhsoupa chance”“Soup?”“You know That soup we were talking about I think you should give it a shot It’s a reallygood recipe Highly dependable And obviously delicious Her eyes widened “Not that I would know Not that I’ve tasted the soup”“This is not a flawless metaphor” Devon was a girl who is very intelligent but had no idea where to go with her life or what to do with it As I sit here and type this I realize that I kind of resonated with that I never cared That’s not to say I was lazy or had an identity crisis or anything but I certainly never thought much into the future I wanted to live in the then and now and thinking about college and what I was going to do with my life scared the shit out of me But back to Devon She had a really funny inner monologue that had me laughing out loud numerous times and her uips about people were spot on in my opinion But then all of a sudden there were two new people in her life and for once she was completely wrong about them Ezra snorted and then grimaced and it was uiet for a moment “So uh did you write the ‘inaccessibly handsome’ part?”“No I definitely didn’t” I realized how that sounded and then felt compelled to go on My shoes suddenly became incredibly interesting “But I meanit’s true”“You think I’m handsome?” Ezra is an all star running back with a future as bright as the blazing sun He could go to any college he wants and he runs the field with the grace of an already established professional athlete His uirk? He’s uiet broody and not good with words I found this to be totally adorable Devon would try to talk to him and he’d just stare or have so little to sayonly to lead to an uncomfortable silence and a stilted stuttered answer He tried his best he really didHe just did not have the gift of gab And his vulnerability is just so so perfect UGH You’ll see Justsigh Devon takes his silence for indifference but he actually has so much to say And most importantlyhe wants to say it all to her He smiled a little as he looked back down at the paper “What about the ‘inaccessible’ part? Kinda makes me sound like a badly zoned restroom”“It’s true though A few details here and there aren’t bad You’re not exactly forthcoming”“I told you I’m not great at talking”“You’re talking now”He shrugged “You’re easy to talk to”Something fluttered around in my stomach at that A lone butterfly agitating me for some reason And then there was Foster He was an unexpected favorite on my part and Devon didn’t really know what to make of him at times At first she finds that he is her annoying cousin that got pushed in on them and is an annoying tagalong but when Ezra takes a kinship and liking to him putting him under his wing Devon realizes there’s to him than meets the eye His uirk? I’m not surebut he was an amazing and completely thoughtful character that I wanted to reach into the pages and hug repeatedly Are you drunk?” a voice said So it was only temporary peace I whipped around and ripped the shower curtain back There sat Foster fully clothed in the empty bathtub“What the hell are you doing in here?”There was a rubber duck balanced delicately on his head It didn’t move as he spoke “Just sitting”This was one of those moments Those Foster moments Early morning smoothies and the like I sueezed my eyes shut hard This story was sweet simple and utterly heart warming And while I can’t say it jumped to my absolute favorites it will certainly be one that I look back on and smile about fondly wanting to re read all the adorable uotes that gave me subtle feels from beginning to end Now the end will either make you extremely happy and smile really big or it will leave you feeling robbed and wanting I was luckily in the prior category but it could go either way for any one person I hope people will give this adorable story a chance I waited a long time for it and it was certainly exactly what I needed For of my reviews please visit Sothis book wasn't what I expected It wasn't in your face and it wasn't full of emotional drama or lots of cheesy falling in love moments and conversations It was simpler than that It was about a girl who doesn't know what she wants A girl who goes through the motions A girl who is in love with her best friend A girl who doesn't need anything in her life Not until Fosterand not until EzraGirl meets boyBoy is uiet and backwardsBoy is star football playerThey fall in loveSlowlyand then all at once ;I loved this book but I did want Though it was exactly what I needed for my current mood and glacial pace at posting reviews I can't wait to write a review about this one Ezra was adorably backwardsReview to come


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