Book Love! THE FIRST TO KNOW by Abigail Johnson + Giveaway!


My fellow fans of YA contemporary novels, if you have not yet discovered the gorgeous writing and and depth of emotion that is Abigail Johnson’s writing then you simply need to get on it! I read both If I Fix You and The First to Know in December, and I absolutely fell in love! Abigail is without doubt going to be an auto-buy author for me from now on! Check out my review of The First to Know below to find out why and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your own copy of both books!

About the Book-9




Dana Fields’s father never knew his parents. When Dana secretly does a DNA test for her dad, hoping to find him some distant relatives for his birthday, her entire world implodes. Instead of a few third cousins, Dana discovers a half brother her age whose very existence means her parents’ happy marriage is a lie.

Dana’s desire to know her half brother, Brandon, and the extent of her dad’s deception, clashes with her wish not to destroy her family. When she sees the opportunity to get to know Brandon through his cousin, the intense yet kind Chase, she takes it. But the more she finds out about Brandon, her father’s past and the irresistible guy who’ll never forgive her if he discovers the truth, the more she sees the inevitable fallout from her own lies. With her family crumbling around her, Dana must own up to her actions and find a way to heal the breach—for everyone—before they’re torn apart for good.

My Review


The First to Know is a heart-stinging story about family, love, and buried truths.

Abigail Johnson’s ability to portray a family is truly extraordinary. In YA, where you have a teenage main character who has to be independent enough to be the main character in a story, parents are often glossed over or largely absent. That is certainly not the case in The First to Know. This family is so beautifully developed and wonderfully portrayed, it’s honestly strange to think that they aren’t real people after reading the book. They are completely believable and relatable.

I really enjoyed the concept of the story. I felt that the DNA test revealing such enormous family secrets was very original and interesting. This was such a creative approach to a YA contemporary novel about families, and it proved to be very entertaining.

The entire cast of characters felt so authentic. Johnson did a wonderful job of developing each them. They each had great quirks and individual character traits and absolutely came alive on the page.

Johnson’s writing itself is truly lovely. She has some really gorgeous prose sprinkled throughout that is just beautifully delivered without ever distracting from the story itself.

I highly, highly recommend both of Johnson’s novels and will eagerly be anticipating her next!

About the Book-17



Readers of Sarah Dessen, Cammie McGovern and Morgan Matson will adore this thought-provoking, complex and romantic contemporary novel from debut author Abigail Johnson, about finding the strength to put yourself back together when everything you know has fallen apart.

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.

Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.

With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .

About the Author


Abigail was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snow storms for year round summers, and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip (in a purple spiral bound notebook that she still has) and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high school production of Cinderella, and becoming a published author.


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13 thoughts on “Book Love! THE FIRST TO KNOW by Abigail Johnson + Giveaway!

  1. bookprincessreviews says:

    You’re so right about families in YA. They get glossed over so, so often. I’m so glad that she managers to jump right into the heart of one and is done beautifully. I was thinking about reading the first one by her, but I always forgot. Will have to do it now. Wonderful review, Krysti! 🙂


  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I have always thought it was strange that parents are often omitted in YA, but I think you’re right about the origin of this trend– the protagonist needs to be independent enough to still be a solid MC, so parents are often the first supportive role to be cut. I never thought about it that way! This actually makes me feel a lot better about the trend.

    I am intrigued and,honestly, a bit creeped out by the premise. That said, I am hooked! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for both of Johnson’s novels.


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It definitely seems like that trend is just a plot device to me, but I really appreciate it when authors push themselves to create a solid YA plot without axing the parents.

      The premise is a bit creepy! My brother just sent in a DNA test, and after reading this I’m like ummmmm…


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        That’s so awesome! I hope you get it. My brother’s results from that came back today and they were fascinating, and so spot on with the ancestry we’ve done as well as some health problems that run in our family. So neat!


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