First & Then

August 22, 2016

Author: Emma Mills.


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. (Published summary.)

My Thoughts:

I didn’t really enjoy it, but that wasn’t a problem with the writing style. The setting was fairly classic public high school, and the characters fairly rounded. I just had problems with some of the content, on my own account. Neither did the story strike me as very original – just ye YA story set in highschool, with a handsome love interest and tragic problem.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Five kisses. In a locker room, a character wonders when freshmen girls started “wearing thongs and showing deep cleavage”. Characters wear short shirts to expose skin. One teenage character is pregnant. One hug. Kid says he overhead a guy and girl talking about condoms. Character’s brother asks if she’s been having sex with a friend (she hasn’t).

Language: 35 f-word, 25 scatological terms, 7 d***, 4 hell, 2 derogatory terms, 6 anatomical terms

Violence: One character receives a concussion during a football game. Characters find out the captain of the other team died. One character repeatedly dunks another character, who can’t swim, in a pool.

Other Problems: Minor characters, all of them teenagers, are shown: drinking/drunk, known to do drugs, and pregnant.


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