June 28, 2016 | by Alexis | First and Goal

by Kata Cuic on June 28, 2016

Genres: Coming Of Age, Young Adult

Eva Papageorgiou has one goal: to make it through her senior year of high school unseen and unscathed. But when her strategy to stay out of the limelight is derailed by rampant rumors, she’s forced to change tactics. Her new game plan is to keep everyone at arm’s length. Especially boys. So when she’s partnered up in class with the hot as hell varsity quarterback, she pushes and pushes.

Until he pushes back.

Rob Falls just wants to fit in. With his teammates, with his friends, with everyone. His image as the quintessential jock makes him feel like a fraud. Especially since it’s the only reason all the girls at school want him, except the one girl he dreams about. She wants nothing to do with him. When he’s forced to tutor the class pariah, he realizes it’s time to get in the game instead of standing on the sidelines.

She’s going to help him get exactly what he wants, whether she knows it or not.

Life doesn’t come with a playbook, but Rob knows this could be the most important play he’ll ever make.

I am not usually a fan of Young Adult (YA) but I needed to mix up my reading a bit and I was lucky enough to score an ARC of First and Goal.

Rob and Evie meet the first day of freshman year in a super-cute sort of fashion. They both are AP students and end up in the same classes. Press fast forward to senior year where they are matched up as bio partners.

Here’s the rub…they have both been pining for each other since that fateful day back during freshman year. But both have become different people and can’t see what’s truly right in front of them. Thankfully, they start to see each other in a different light and you too, will fall in love with Rob.

What I liked the most about First and Goal was that it dealt with true issues that shouldn’t be dismissed. I think the author did a fabulous job executing the issues that surrounded Evie and how Rob was able to break down some of those concrete walls that Evie erected around her heart. I like how the story showed that not everything you hear about another person is true and that gossip can really be the fodder for so many lies and misgivings. And truth be told, Rob was so incredibly sweet and makes my heart do that pitter patter thing it does. The only drawback was that I wish Evie would have come to her senses a bit sooner with Rob. At times I sort of wanted to yell at her and tell her she has the most amazing man RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER!!! But I digress…

Truth be told, I can’t fathom that this is Kata Cuic’s first novel, this book does not read like a debut novel. Her writing is top-notch and has you hanging on until the last word.

I am glad I decided to go outside the box and read this novel, I wouldn’t have found this sweet, charming, and fun one!

Lastly, I must warn you…there is a bit of a cliffhanger and I hope the second one is out soon!

Kata lives in the greater Pittsburgh, PA region with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing or rewriting or editing or staring at the infuriating blinking cursor on her screen, she’s reading. This tends to be a point of contention with the aforementioned family since Kata can’t put a book down once she reads the first line. It’s all or nothing in a matter of hours. Binge reading tends to be detrimental to domestic goddess/supermom duties. Caffeine, wine, and natural insomnia are constant bolsters in the pursuit of getting everything done.

She has a degree in Linguistics and is, in fact, fluent in several American English dialects including Pittsburghese and sarcasm. She’s eternally grateful to be a part of the last generation to go through college without social media documenting the entire ordeal.

She loves long walks on the beach, romantic candlelight dinners, and holding hands. Just kidding. Her true loves are football, steak and Buffalo wings, the occasional blizzard, bonfires with friends and family, and learning new things.

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