I have really mixed views on First.
First by M.A. Grant is actually two books in one. From the synopsis, I thought that there were going to be altering chapters of each story that eventually came together. Instead, we get a full story and then right after get another full story. Because of that, I wasn't reading what I expected.
The first story is Maya and Jake's. Jake is Maya's best friends brother, and they cannot stand each other. This is your classic love-hate relationship and though I didn't necessarily like or connect to the characters, it was fun to read. Maya did frustrate me, and I think it is for that reason I enjoyed the second story more.
The second half of the book centers aroudn Cat and Dallas. Cat is the aforementioned best friend, and she is in love with her brother's best friend. I liked this a lot more just because the characters seemed much more fleshed out. Once again, I didn't really connect to the characters that much and didn't really feel for them. The premise of this plot line was a lot more fun for me in comparison to the first half.
I had two big problems that were prevalent in both the first and second half of the story. The characters just weren't fleshed out enough. There are instances where Grant touches on the character's past, but it isn't delved into as much as I would have liked. If that were to be expanded on, I think I would appreciate the characters more. Another thing that just fell short for me were the endings. Right up until the last 5 or so pages things weren't resolved. When they were, it felt lackluster because everything resolved and right after ended. I didn't get the closure I wanted.
Sorry if this review does seem more negative than positive! First fell right down the middle for me. It wasn't what I expected and I was let down by that. The story felt rushed as well as the character development, but it does show true promise of Grant's other books. Unfortunately, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this one, but I wouldn't say to never pick it up either.
With that, I give this book
2.5 Stars out of 5!