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

Reviews The First to Know

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    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...
  • Christy
    I would like Abigail to write all the things. Talk about feels. She knows how to write families!
  • Sam Kozbial
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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!!!
  • 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.