“With sporadic references to Jane Austen’s famous characters and wickedly inventive language, Mills closely observes the social milieu of an American high school obsessed with our favorite sport and makes readers care what happens. A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut.”
“Mills takes inspiration from Jane Austen for both romantic and family dynamics [...] not only fun, but a rewarding portrait of a nontraditional sibling relationship [...] a fresh backdrop to typical Austen themes of social standing and self-awareness. Readers will root both for Foster (as his school’s new varsity kicker) and for Devon and Ezra to discover their worthiness for the other in this satisfying romance.”
"Debut author Emma Mills creates an engaging update to Pride and Prejudice that teen romance fans will enjoy."
"FIRST & THEN is really a story centered around the characters and Emma Mills has done a wonderful job creating a cast of characters who are realistic and relatable."
“Well-written and well-paced...powerful and moving.”
"FIRST & THEN is a truly adorable and witty story about family, romance, personal growth, and future endeavors."
"A simple story about romance, football, and family...The Pride and Prejudice parallels gave the book a fun twist and Jane Austen fans will most certainly want to pick this up!"
“Emma Mills’ debut YA novel plants a Jane Austen-loving high school senior squarely on the playing field with a football jock in this story about growing up, feelings and forgiveness.”