First Comes LoveHardback
- Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- Format: Hardback | 204 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 25mm | 318g
- Publication date: 1 July 2012
- Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
- ISBN 10: 054759979X
- ISBN 13: 9780547599793
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 342,430
Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you're sorry.
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By Brenna Staats 13 Jun 2012
Some days you just really need to read a good contemporary book about falling in love- and First Comes Love is exactly about that first love, and what falling in love feels like especially when two completely opposite people just seem to fall together.
First Comes Love is an honest and raw story that doesn't sugarcoat anything yet it still left me feeling unsatisfied at the end. It felt like too much build up for such a small result, and one that didn't feel altogether real either.
Reasons to Read:
1.This isn't a Hollywood love story:
Dylan and Gray aren't perfect- they aren't model gorgeous, perfectly charming or constantly friendly and nice. They're real and they're flawed - and they both see the good and the bad in each other. It isn't exactly love at first sight either. It starts out slow, and they just gradually start to see each other in a different light. And by the time they realize they're in love with each other, life throws them another curveball and they realize that it isn't always guranteed to be easy. This isn't some glamorous love story, but it sounds like one that you or I or our friend could have experienced.
2.And these are REAL people:
Like I mentioned above, Dylan and Gray both have their flaws as does everyone else in their life. These people are far from perfect, and even the reader can see it. I'm not even too sure I'd get along that great with Dylan and Gray, because our personalities just wouldn't mesh- but that doesn't mean I didn't want to read about them! Dylan, especially, is a tad eccentric that just amkes her fascinating to read about even if I don't always understand her reasoning or point of view.
But my biggest disappointment with this book was how it progressed- I liked it at first, that it happened quickly but naturally but I had thought their problems (hinted at in the synopsis) would be more difficult and problematic for them- in fact, they turned out to be rather insignificant in relation to the rest of the story. And I wasn't particularly happy with how they dealt wiht it because it all felt entirely glazed over. I wasn't convinced that their decision would last and it seemed like Dylan made a complete turnaround from the character I was led to believe she was throughout the rest of the story. It just didn't seem true to herself. Ultimately, this just led th ebook to be a quick, somewhat interesting read but mostly unforgettable because there just wasn't anything that special about them or their love story.
Review copy received from Thomas Allen & Son Ltd.
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 15 May 2012
First Comes Love is told in dual perspectives and Katie Kacvinsky totally pulled it off. Both voices were distinct and I appreciated seeing both sides of the love story, what each was thinking and both perspectives on love, sex, and problems.
I am a sucker for characters and in this character driven story, Ms. Kacvinsky nails them. When I say its a character driven story, that is not dismissing the plot. There is definite emotions, themes and actions that keep the story going.
Dylan is a character to be admired. She has such a free spirit, and she doesn't care what others think. She is always looking for adventure, and she looks at people for what is below the surface.
Gray is reclusive and dark, but we find out that there is a really good reason for it, and I love how Dylan peels back the layers, helps him heal, trust and to really live again.
I really appreciate seeing their relationship bloom. This is not an insta-love book, and their friendship and falling for each other really makes this book special.
I was pleased with the ending, though at one point, I really wasn't sure how she was going to pull it off. But things were tied up neatly, and even though I want more from Dylan and Gray, I liked the way that she left things.
This is such a sweet story tinged with lots of emotion, stuff to laugh at, and a whole new way to look at life.
By Amanda 06 May 2012
Also reviewed on the blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
When I cracked open this book, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I had read the summary, and it sounded really interesting and I wanted to read it. But the summary doesn't do it justice! I can't even begin to describe anything about this book.
In the beginning it was intriguing. I was curious about the mysterious guy, Gray, who walked through life in a daze. Hiding underneath his hoodie, listening to his music; and Dylan, the weird college courtyard girl who always showed up in the courtyard, taking pictures of anything and everything she could.
In the middle I was happy. The feelings of first love, and getting to know each other. I was seeing everything they were. I was experiencing love for the first time, all over again. All those memories of my first love coming back to me. And all the memories of my husband and I's new love blossoming.
Towards the end, I was heartbroken. I felt every knife stabbing me in the heart, over and over again, alongside Gray.
This book wasn't just about love, though, it was about loss and reminding yourself that you shouldn't stop living your life just because you lose someone close to you. They wouldn't want you to put your life on hold because you can't figure out how to live without them. It reminds you that fate works in mysterious ways, sometimes it throws people into your life to teach you lessons and remind you thinks and make you live again. Even if it's just for a short while, or even forever.
The characters in this book, Gray and Dylan, were so, so very real to me. Even though it took me a while to read this because I was limited on reading time, I was sucked into their world every time I started reading. I couldn't get enough. When I wasn't reading, I couldn't stop thinking about all the things Gray and Dylan had done and all the things they said. They really made me think about EVERYTHING. Dylan has me looking at life in a new way. This is one of those books that kind of change you a little bit while reading it; in a good way.
My family and I lost my Uncle Tim at the end of May. It's been hard because I was close to him, but I remind myself every day that he's in a much better place. I lost a little part of myself along with him. I feel the same way, but at the same time I'm different. Not sure if that makes sense. But reading this book, and reading about Gray's loss has really kind of helped me let my Uncle go. To smile up at the sky and thank the lord for taking him and ending his suffering. It's reminded me to live my life and to be happy.
I'm going to stop rambling now. But overall, I really think everything should read this book. It's short, has everything a good contemporary should have. First love, finding yourself, no hateful break ups. But pure first love, that you just have to let go because of bad timing, but you find each other later on. Ugh, I really can't explain this book. Everything is so...wrong when I read back over this review. If you're into contemporary, please read it. You won't regret it. You get to see both sides of the story, Gray's and Dylan's.
Side-note: I just want to let you know that this book was very personal for the author to write. It's based off her own experiences, things she would of liked to happen, and experiences of some of her friends. Also, the hardcover edition has THREE playlists! One for Gray, one for Dylan, and one to Dylan, from Gray.
"Gray and Dylan are compelling characters who will appeal to readers in search of a good love story set on the brink of the post-high-school world."--"School Library Journal"