The First Move

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title The First Move
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Jenny Ireland
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 198,Width 129
Category/GenreYoung Adult April 2023
ISBN/Barcode 9780241591826
Children / Juvenile

Publishing Details

Publisher Penguin Random House Children's UK
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
NZ Release Date 1 April 2023
Publication Country United Kingdom


THE FIRST MOVE is an enemies to lovers commercial YA romance that is the perfect blend of Emily Henry's Book Lovers, Alice Oseman's Solitaire and Netflix's The Queen's Gambit. Juliet believes girls like her - girls with arthritis - don't get their own love stories. She exists at the edges of her friends' social lives, skipping parties to play online chess under a pseudonym with strangers around the world. There, she isn't just 'the girl with crutches'. Ronan is the new kid- good looking, smart, a bad boy plagued by guilt over what happened to his brother Ciaran. Chesslife is his escape; there, he's not just 'the boy with the brother'. Juliet thinks Ronan thinks someone like Ronan could never be interested in someone like her - and she wouldn't want him to be anyway - he always acts like he's cooler than everyone else. Little do they know they've already discovered each other online, and have more in common than they think . . .

Author Biography

Jenny Ireland is a Young Adult writer who lives outside Belfast with her husband, two children and border collie. She is a Law and French Law graduate and former paralegal. In 2019 she underwent emergency brain surgery. While this experience was relatively traumatic, the close encounter with death has given her the gift of seeing what truly matters in life. Writing books.