Fourth Grade Journey

A Fourth Grade Teacher's Journey Through the World of Books

Saturday, November 5, 2016

first & then by emma mills

How I Heard About It:  During a rush visit to the public library to grab some more audio books, I ran across this young adult title, read the book blub, and check it out with a few other titles.  It was a shot in the dark, but sometimes those shots hit the bullseye.  

What It Is About:  Sometimes the things we must do first are often the things we want to do "then".  Devon is a senior in high school enjoying her "low key" existence and watching the happenings of others from the sidelines.  She doesn't really want to think about the college years and tries to just make the most of each and every day.  When her cousin Foster shows up at her family's doorstep, everything Devon has come to know and depend on; changes.  Foster  is his own person and doesn't spend much time worrying about what others think.  As a freshman, he ends up on the football team as there amazing kicker.  Devon isn't sure how she feels about this because this means that Foster's path is going to cross with the star quarterback Ezra.  Devon, Foster, Ezra, and a whole cast of characters interact, experience ups and downs, and navigate their way through life's challenges.  

What I Thought Of It:  I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed the story.  I wasn't sure right at the beginning, but as I listened more and more, the story got good, enjoyable, and interesting.  There were so many elements that were so well done.  The character development was excellent and the different plot lines were engaging.  I loved how the relationships between the different characters grew and deepened as the story was told.  For a quick pick off the shelf, I sure lucked out on a wonderful young-adult novel.  

Who Should Read It:  This would be the perfect story for the high-school reader.  I think female and male readers would enjoy it equally.  The story may also be a great pick for an avid and "mature" reader that is in middle-school.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  5 STARS out of 5 Stars

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