Emma Mills

Emma Mills is the author of First & ThenThis Adventure Ends, and Foolish Hearts. She lives in Indianapolis, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in cell biology.

Follow Emma on Twitter @elmify.

Bibliography

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    Lucky Caller
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    Famous in a Small Town
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    Foolish Hearts
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    This Adventure Ends
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    First & Then
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Reviews

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Lucky Caller
“This lovely book brims with complicated family dynamics, unexpected friendships, and important lessons on learning from mistakes. Mills truly excels at creating vivid characters that will tear at readers’ heartstrings [...] A stunning read filled with wit and wisdom.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Veteran romance writer Mills delivers a well-crafted, bittersweet comedy of errors filled with realistically flawed characters and taut, witty dialogue.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A terrifically appealing venture through the fraught task of connecting with other people.”

Booklist

“Emma Mills delivers a quietly heartwarming story of complicated family dynamics, forgotten friends and first loves in LUCKY CALLER.”

BookPage

Famous in a Small Town
“Mills has written a sweet, witty, and touching story about small-town life and the secrets we share. Delightfully multidimensional characters, an appealing setting, and a deceptively simple plot with some unanticipated twists make this is a novel that transcends the conventional romance genre. Readers will especially enjoy the lively dialogue and the effortless narrative flow. This novel is a fine addition to any collection serving young adults.”

VOYA, Starred Review

“Rife with witticism, like a finely honed sitcom, and brimming with heart.”

Kirkus

“Mills encapsulates small-town life in this eventful romance.”

Publishers Weekly

Foolish Hearts
“Mills thoughtfully explores the nuances of all kinds of relationships, both friendly and romantic, via Claudia and her circle of friends […] Through these friendship struggles and romances old and new, Mills evokes the high stakes and vast rewards of trust, intimacy, and honesty.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“The characters are wonderfully fresh and honest [...] The course of true love never did run smooth, but in the case of these two lovers, the journey is worth your while.”

Kirkus

This Adventure Ends
“Mills seamlessly creates art imitating life imitating art while bringing freshness to the familiar romantic conventions she invokes. With taut, realistic dialogue, she expertly crafts blossoming friendships and nascent romances.”

Publishers Weekly

First & Then
“With sporadic references to Jane Austen’s famous characters and wickedly inventive language, Mills closely observes the social milieu of an American high school obsessed with our favorite sport and makes readers care what happens. A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Mills takes inspiration from Jane Austen for both romantic and family dynamics [...] not only fun, but a rewarding portrait of a nontraditional sibling relationship [...] a fresh backdrop to typical Austen themes of social standing and self-awareness. Readers will root both for Foster (as his school’s new varsity kicker) and for Devon and Ezra to discover their worthiness for the other in this satisfying romance.”

Publishers Weekly

Awards & Accolades

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Famous in a Small Town
USA

Junior Library Guild selection

Foolish Hearts
USA

YALSA: “Best Fiction for Young Adults”