Author: Kata Čuić
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.
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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.
If you’d like to suggest items for her bucket list, you can reach her here. (Disclaimer: she suffers from acrophobia.)
First and Goal was an impressive and intriguing first novel, depicting young adults thoughts with a disconcerting reality.
This book a great self reflection of youth’s lives through their aspirations, deceptions and where appearances were deceiving, putting into an act to fit into society.
At this time of your life when you got all of your firsts; from the good and the bad, I almost wanted to be again in this time of my life, with this constant thrill and butterflies, when anything could happen and the road of possibilities wide open.
But in this jungle of conflicted and misunderstood feelings, we’ve got the story of Eva and Rob. Two opposites. One was invisible and trying to survived to this last year without being noticed and the other, a popular jock with couldn’t be fully himself, with all the girls around wanting a piece of him.
I was hooked from the first page and I knew that I was going for the long haul. Damn this book was so brilliantly orchestrated from the choices of the title chapters, to the characters and the storyline, a freaking roller coaster frustrating at time the shit out of me, creating an incredible mood.
I was on the edge all along the story, walking on this thick line, rooting for Rob and Evie.
Two beautiful souls, with so much love to give.
I loved how these two connect, so natural, a little bit of sweetness, bluntness, and an incredible chemistry. I enjoyed every moment, so close to my heart. I was feeling each moment, from laughter to sadness, with this constant twinge. They gave me freaking butterflies to my stomach, making me smile so much.
For a first novel, Kata Čuić’s writing goes straight to the heart. This review is just a glimpse of how much I flowed and adored this book. Heartwarming and gut wrenching at the same time, First and Goal will stay on my mind and on my heart for a long time.
By the time I finished writing my review, I was thinking about re reading it, and to be overwhelmed once again by these rush of emotions. A stunning ending for a fabulous story! Just to let you know, there’s a freaking cliffhanger!!!
A must read!