Author: Emma Mills
Series or standalone: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher & Date of Publication:Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Summary: “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.
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.” (Goodreads)
Review: When I heard that this book was a mix of Pride and Prejudice and Friday Night Lights I knew I had to read it. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and I’m slightly obsessed with Friday Night Lights, so it’s safe to say I had high expectations for this book. I did really enjoy this book but not as much as I expected to.
First off, I really loved the characters. Dev is so realistic and I related to her a lot. Her high school experience was really similar to mine so I enjoyed reliving it. I also really liked Foster. I found him to be endearing but at the same time I could understand why Dev would get frustrated with him. Ezra was the perfect teenage Mr. Darcy. I love a good silent and brooding male character and Ezra fit that perfectly. There were some characters I wanted more of though. For example, the character of Marabelle. She had such an interesting story line but nothing came of it. I didn’t fully understand the point of her character, to be honest.
The plot wasn’t as exciting as I was expecting, but I think that was my own fault. When I heard Friday Night Lights, I was expecting Tim Riggins and all of the drama that was attached to that show. Instead, I found the whole story to be pretty subtle, which was where it fell flat for me. I did enjoy the romance aspect. Ezra and Devon’s relationship just made me really happy. I found myself getting pretty upset when they had their little problems, but overall, it was an adorable romance.
If I had gone into this book not knowing that it was being compared to FNL I would have absolutely loved it. However, because I had the expectation in my head, I was expecting a lot more. This book is still a really enjoyable YA Contemporary, though.
Rating: 3.75 stars