The First to Know by Abigail Johnson

The First to Know

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...

Details The First to Know

TitleThe First to Know
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Family

Reviews The First to Know

  • nick
    Now this book had the good kind of drama I enjoy in my stories! Rashika recommended this book to me and because I was feeling like a good YA contemporary, I decided to give it a shot. I have to say, it was a solid recommendation from her because I wound up liking this story!What I liked the best about The First to Know was how it handled a very delicate and serious topic but the story as a whole managed to be hopeful in tone. I don't think I woul...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    4.5 STARSWhen Dana wants to surprise her father, who grew up in foster care, by finding his biological relatives through DNA testing, she never expected to find Brandon, her same age half-brother. Brandon wants nothing to do with Dana or her sister or their father. And Dana’s mother has no idea. She doesn’t want to break up their family by revealing the truth.Abigail Johnson’s sophomore effort is filled with drama and heart. Dana’s a beau...
  • Madison
    Once again I am left utterly speechless by an Abigail Johnson novel. How does she do it!?!! Because The First To Know is the most incredible, agonising, rip-your-heart-out-and-then-sew-it-back-together, amazing book. Asdffdhngikaldnvj....I hope the publisher wasn't expecting a put-together, coherent review, because all they are going to get is swooning, sighs, exclamation marks and fan-girling. Because it really is just. that. good.When Dana deci...
  • Lili Marcus
    This is a new author for me so I didn't really know what to expect. I just thought upon reading the synopsis that the plot is interesting.I wasn't disappointed. A story of a young girl who's trying to prove herself to her father, that pushes her to plan this ridiculous gift for his birthday. And that gift results to whole new problems Dana and her family have to face. Expectedly, there's so much drama in this story that I really welcomed with ope...
  • Ari
    The romance could have used a couple more moments before the big reveal, but I still enjoyed the bittersweet story and the family dynamics (considering the situation). When the reader keeps rooting for the characters after turning the last page, it means the story did its magic :)Such a lovely book, I’ll keep an eye on this author as so far I’ve been enjoying her stories.
  • Rashika (is tired)
    Abigail Johnson is a new-to-me author so I had no idea what to expect but The First to Know blew me away. It’s a heartfelt family drama and totally worth it. Dana Fields just wants to do something nice for her dad for his birthday. What starts off as a heartwarming gesture soon turns into Dana’s worst nightmare. In her search for her father’s family, Dana discovers that she has a half-brother her age that no one knew about. When she confr...
  • Sarah (The Clever Reader)
    Another great YA Contemporary to add to my "Read" list. Abigail Johnson is becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors! I can't wait to read more from her!
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 4.5 StarsThis was one of my Can't-Wait Wednesday picks, so I had pretty high hopes for this book. I am happy to report it did not disappoint me. What would you do if you were the first to know something that could destroy your family? This is the question Dana struggled with in this book, and I couldn't stop flipping the pages as I watched Dana build her house of cards.•Pro: Many different types of families are explored. Single mom, sin...
  • Ashley Owens
    I received an electronic copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.To be honest I was on the fence about this one going into it. On the one hand, I absolutely devoured and loved Abigail Johnson's first book, If I Fix You. However I also was skeptical about the plot of this one based on the summary. It just seemed like it was going to be a bunch of forced and eye-roll worthy drama. And I will admit that it took a bit to ge...
  • Christy
    I would like Abigail to write all the things. Talk about feels. She knows how to write families!
  • Claire
    This was a fairly good/ interesting book. It wasn't my favorite, just because of how cliche it was, but I really enjoyed the story and how it unfolded. The main character, Dana, spends the whole book hiding a secret from her family, which makes the book very suspenseful because you never know who's going to find out/ when. I like how the author kept the reader guessing up until the last page. Overall, it was a pretty good book.
  • Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)
    Human biology really interests me. I love learning about DNA, genetics and how people are the way they are. I also adore reading about family ties in contemporary novels. So, imagine my excitement when I found out that they were all meshed together in this book!The First to Know definitely met my expectations for a good read. In spite of a few problems I had with it such as its whiny protagonist, I really enjoyed all of its other elements and I ...
  • Tori
    This was one of those YA books where I read it all in one sitting and then when I finished I wasn't sure if I liked it or if it was just an easy read...
  • Jessica
    Nope.This was depressing and predictable. Dana was a selfish, annoying little brat and the rest of her family wasn’t much better...neither was her best friend or that weird, mute guy Nick. Chase was ok, I guess, but I really didn’t care about any of those characters.
  • viktoria
    tl;dr review: This concept excited me so much and it was executed so well. The romance totally won me over in this, which doesn't always happen, but you guys, those beautifully complicated family dynamics slayed me. I love Abigail Johnson so much for her awesome sister bff-ery portrayal, especially (view spoiler)[having Dana being understandably upset when she's having turmoil with her LI, bff, and newly found brother & etc, but completely gutted...
  • Julia Ostash (fictionalovers)
    I was blessed to receive an arc of this book from Abigail, and let's just say it was amazing. The story centers around a girl named Dana and how she wants to please her dad. She does a DNA test for him, so that he can find his family. When the results come back, Dana, finds out her dad might have a father or son. She immediately thinks it's her grandfather so she contacts him. Finding out the person is actually 18, Dana's life starts to crumble b...
  • Tabby
    4.5 stars!! Part of me liked how the book ended, but at the same time I would've been okay with it going the way I thought it was heading. This book will rip your heart out and put it back together, but in that way where you can tell it's been broken. Seriously, just read this book! It's freaking great!!!
  • Laura
    This was so touching *my heart*
  • Vega_girl
    "...That kind of love is more than a feeling or a word. That kind of love is an action, a promise, and it's not dependent on perfection or ideals. It's real and lasting and worth everything. It's worth fighting for. And we're fighters, yes?" This was not at all what I was expecting it was so much better. The plot was heavy but it was delivered in such a sweet and fun way while still ripping my heart out along the way. I hope there is a follow up ...
  • Holly ✨
    Full review to come on my blog!
  • Amy
    A book with so much heart! THE FIRST TO KNOW is about family and secrets and betrayal and mostly about love. Beautifully told with an ending that gives you all the feels.
  • Courtney
    3.5 stars. This one tackles a tough situation. Dana wants more than anything to give her father family for his birthday. He never knew his birth parents, so he has nothing to fill in on his family tree. She wants him to have what he is missing, so she decides to submit a DNA test to a family history sight to find lost relatives. What she finds is a smack in the face. Instead of distant relatives, she finds a brother who just happens to be her age...
  • Cheyanne Young
    Abigail Johnson has secured her place on my list of top favorite contemporary authors with this book. It's everything you want in a good story. Heartfelt characters you can sink into and live their life as it unfolds on the page, handsome well-rounded guys that make your heart pound harder, realistic family drama that propels the story forward. I loved this book so much.
  • Brooke
  • Librarians' Choice
    Once again I am left utterly speechless by an Abigail Johnson novel. How does she do it!?!! Because The First To Know is the most incredible, agonising, rip-your-heart-out-and-then-sew-it-back-together, amazing book. ....I hope the publisher wasn't expecting a put-together, coherent review, because all they are going to get is swooning, sighs, exclamation marks and fan-girling. Because it really is just. that. good.When Dana decides to surprise h...
  • Charmaine
    This book wrecked me. It was unputdownable! Dana was put in an impossible situation and served as the primary punching bag for a lot of the fallout. This book is important to understand the "Jay-Zs & Beyonces" of the world. It's important because it counterbalances the harsh, black-and-white perspective of self-righteousness promoted on sites like Reddit. It's brave in its display of forgiveness. All the characters in this book have realistic fla...
  • ReenieT1721
    The only reason I found this book was because it popped up as a new book in my eBook library. I'd never heard of Abigail Johnson or her writing before finding the First to Know. After reading this book, I have to say that I'm very impressed with her original writing style. This book is short and sweet. As a younger sister [by one year and three hundred fifty-nine days and counting], I can relate to being overshadowed by an older sister's achievem...
  • Chelsea Anne
    (I was kindly given a copy from the publisher through NetGalley)4.5 STARS!This is the second book I've read of Abigail Johnson's, the way she wrote the story was amazing, I was hooked from the very first page!This is about a girl named Dana who has a DNA test done for her father hoping to find some long lost family of his, instead she finds something that hits much more closer to home, a half brother that's only a few months older than her.. and ...
  • Makenna Fournier
    4.75/5 I was ready to say that this book was just a mediocre book, because honestly the first half of the book was that for me, but then I read the second half of the book, and omg my heart. I cry when I read books a lot, I am a super emotional person, but I only cry when someone dies or is about to die. There have probably been one or two times when I have teared up over other things in books, but I can't remember any of them so they obviously ...
  • Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy
    Very good story about a hard time for a budding athlete competing with the shadow of her older sister, a dad that's her coach, and a DNA test to bust an entire family apart.Dana was completely relate able and genuine.She orders a DNA test for her dad that was in the foster system and didn't know his biological family.She hopes to find some cousins but instead she discovers another closer relative.In the process she falls for an amazing guy who ha...