Author: Kata Čuić
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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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Every once in a while you read a book where you just live and breathe the characters. A book where you love them so much you think about their story long after you’re done reading. A story were the characters resonate with you so powerfully you don’t want to let them go. That’s how I feel about First and Goal. I adored it. I have Rob and Evie playlists because so many songs have me reliving their story. I have a ton of highlights, a boat load of bookmarked pages because I keep going back to re-read my favorite parts over and over. It’s that kind of book.
The writing is beautiful, intelligent, emotional and eloquent. The emotions are realistic and organic. Nothing feels false or fake. Rob and Evie are real, imperfect, exceptional and ordinary all at the same time. They are somehow both people you know and people you’ve never met before all rolled into one. Rob Falls will make you fall head over heels in love with him. He is just a beautiful boy inside and out and he immediately headed to the top of my BBF favorites list. You just need to meet him. And Evie…she is an extraordinary character. She is nothing like she appears to be when you first meet her. She is hard shell protecting a damaged heart. So real and relatable. Honestly, she’s half the women I know and watching her evolution is spectacular. I’ve always said believable character evolution is the mark of a great writer and Kata nails it.
This book literally made me laugh out loud. It made me smile and cringe and cheer and groan. This book made me bawl my damn eyes out. It made me lose sleep and blow off work and all kinds of things that should have pissed me off but instead made me deliriously happy.
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.)