Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Goodreads Rating: 3.5 stars
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.
I immediately picked this book up when I saw Pride and Prejudice in the synopsis after a friend recommended this book to me. I am loving all the pretty colors on the cover too!
So throughout the whole book I was trying to figure out the outline of Pride and Prejudice in this book. Didn’t really find it. I would not really say this is a Pride and Prejudice meets anything. I do however see the Friday Night Lights thing going on with this story just in case you were wondering. Still I wasn’t disappointed, I thought the overall story was very sweet. Just saying…
Devon as a girls name was new to me and I liked it! As a character she was interesting. I liked that she was very ordinary and totally relatable. I enjoyed watching Devon’s growth toward her cousin Foster and her overall growth of herself throughout this story.
I appreciated the slow moving romance simply because it adds more to the story (in my opinion). I appreciated getting to know each character before things happen. I am so grateful that the whole crush on a best friend went the way it did. I hate it when BFFs finally realize their feelings too late and blah…
Most of all, I LOVED that this “obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra” guy is NOT a Darcy. The reason for that is, Darcy had some pride and prejudice problems (as we well know if we’ve read/watched the story). This guy however, is a genuinely NICE, GOOD guy who just happens to be super shy and quiet. Sadly with first impressions we often misread those as sometimes offensive. I loved Ezra as a character. Loved him.
I think the biggest problem I had with this story is I felt that they author brought in some HEAVY issues that just weren’t addressed properly in the story. We have a pregnant girl (who is very odd), we have a mother issue dealing with addiction, parental death, dealing with grief and anger, and more. It was placed in there to add some depth I guess??? I dunno, but whatever the reason these issues and side characters with these problems just weren’t really addressed with enough info…something…I don’t know I just felt that lacked and took away from the overall story….maybe not.
Overall I really enjoyed the story and thought it sweet.
Sexual Content: moderate