Contemporary Young Adult
Releases October 13th from Henry Holt (Macmillan)
First impressions can be deceiving . . .
Devon has life pretty much figured out: she’s got her best friend Cas, her secret crush (also Cas), and her comfortable routine (mostly spent with Cas). New experiences: not welcome here. But as she enters her senior year, her parents take in her cousin Foster, an undersized weirdo who shows an unexpected talent for football, and star running back Ezra takes Foster under his wing. Devon can't figure out how she feels about Ezra. He's obviously stuck-up, but Foster adores him. Ezra has nothing to say to her, but he keeps seeking her out. And... Devon might actually like him. If only she can admit it to herself.
Funny, fresh, and layered, First and Then proves that change doesn't always tear things apart—sometimes, it brings them together.
First of all, this cover makes me happy. Yes, it's a design made up entirely of either rain or tears, neither of which has overwhelmingly positive connotations, but it's so simple and colorful that I want to blow it up to poster size and hang it on my wall for when I need a little visual pick me up:) Also? I'm getting an antagonistic relationship vibe from the blurb which would have sold me on this one if the cover hadn't already taken care of that. I LOVE romances that start out a bit rocky, and I can't wait to see how Devon's opinion of Ezra changes over time.