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First Comes Love [Kindle Edition]

Katie Kacvinsky
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

This ebook includes a sample chapter of AWAKEN.



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"You'll love it if... you're looking for the perfect love story to kick-start your summer reading. It's The Notebook with a slight touch of cynicism and sarcasm."
 -- Seventeen.com

"The novel beautifully evokes both the intense exhilaration of first love (including a first sexual experience), and the piercing understanding that this moment is only the starting point for lives that won't necessarily unfold in the same way or at the same pace for each lover." -- Newsday.com

"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

About the Author

Katie Kacvinsky worked in the entertainment industry and as a high school English teacher before deciding to write full time. She currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 797 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00EX47IM2
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LVR01U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Adult Romance April 26, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
At Mesa Community College, Gray notices a strange girl on campus. It was hard not to notice her. She stands out and not in a positive way, more like freakish way. For Dylan, Gray stood out too. On the surface, he looks callused, but Dylan looked at him through a creative lens where there were textures and layers. Her mission? To make a friend and Gray was the one. She doesn't care that he's simply not interested...or is he?

What I loved best about this romance was the depth of the characters. Dylan, a photography student, was a free spirit, not pinned down by rules. She viewed life as an adventure. Gray, the opposite, has had life chew him up and spit him out. There's a reason he's so closed off from people. By the time Dylan gets through, he won't be the same person. Problem is when summer is over, Dylan, the free spirit, plans another adventure. Where does that leave Gray and Dylan?

On the flip-side, I had issues with Gray's treatment of Dylan or her reaction to it. The character admitted he wasn't nice, but I found him verbally abusive. Although I didn't want to stop reading, I did want to reach through the pages and slap the boy.

Another than a slight sluggish spot or two about a quarter way in, this was a well-rounded romance story. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of wasted potential here April 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I'm all for short books, but not at the expense of story or character. 'First Comes Love' suffers on both counts because it's such a quick breeze through a summer romance, with a little angst and suffering thrown in. More than anything, reading it felt like watching an hour-and-twenty-minute romantic drama starring a couple of attractive actors hitting the big points: regular guy, sad situation, wacky girl, opposites attract. The author had some nice moments and some very sweet, thoughtful ways she captured the emotions of her characters, but all in all it felt like a start and not a finish.

Also, heads-up: if this book were a film it would be rated R for some not-very-literary sexual content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Opposites Attract. October 19, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Many love stories are about opposites attracting each other, "Love Story", "Pretty in Pink", "Jane Eyre", "Stargirl", etc, etc. This story is no different, a story of a quirky and outgoing and carefree young woman who attracts the attention of a shy and introverted young man who has been scarred by life. Becoming friends, somewhat forcibly for Gray at first (well, seemingly, but not really), when Dylan notices him watching her as she photographs insects on a sidewalk...

The story which unfolds is about what happens when two people completely different form a relationship together, the good and the bad. I see complaints about Gray being verbally abusive, but I can say in all honesty, I could parallel myself to Gray in that department, for similar reasons, I was severely scarred by life. Now, I have come out of that and I don't feel the need to say harsh things anymore, but often times, when we experience things that change us in a negative way, it makes us do things we don't want to, and I feel this book portrayed that in a very accurate way.

I enjoyed watching their relationship unfold, and was sad to see the book end, I love a good romantic read, and this book was a nice change of pace from some of the romance books I have read in the past, highly recommended. :)

God Bless ~Amy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read August 15, 2012
By Chels
Format:Hardcover
This book was a surprisingly good read. The author manages to create this completely flight, inquisitive, different character that will give the reader that "Alice in Wonderland" feeling. Dylan is so unique, from how she thinks to how she behaves, much of what she does goes against the grain. Gray is far more resentful, gloomy, and awkward. However, both characters have their great points. Gray will make the reader like him instantly with his true love for Dylan and Dylan will make the reader feel whimsical.

When the two meet, there is an obvious instant connection. Their relationship grows and develops further over the course of the novel, it is truly a fun read. The author does not focus only on the relationship between the two, but also on their unique personalities and development as characters. These are very dynamic character, the author highlights mainly Gray and Dylan and then puts obvious care into their lives during the novel.

It's interesting to read about a relationship in a young adult/teen novel that feels so real. The characters could have been real people who were the readers' friends. The events leading up to their relationship lent themselves to the growth of the relationship and the potential for enduring love. Dylan says quite a few things in the novel that will strike the reader as odd at first, but make complete sense at the end of the novel. The events were fast-paced and fun, the ending was perfect, and the characters will draw the reader into the novel. This book is recommended to young adult/adult readers.

*Complimentary copy received from review, this in no way affects my opinion*
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem
I received this book as a gift and it is one that I will treasure. Dylan is an amazing character. I liked her right from the start. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Joelle Mendes
4.0 out of 5 stars A really sweet read!
I thoroughly enjoyed First Comes Love. This is my first book by Katie Kacvinsky and it won't be my last. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by mjlovestoread
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Wow I was am so glad I was introduced to this book. I loved the characters Dylan and Gray. I loved to read from both POV. I loved how it showed them falling for each other. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by KOL79
5.0 out of 5 stars In Review: First Comes Love (First Comes Love #1) by Katie Kacvinsky
I decided to re-read this book (and the sequel) prior to reading an ARC of the third and final book not because I couldn't remember all the details, because these characters are... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow this is a great book with the guys perspective about falling in...
Loved this author. really nailed it with the thoughts about unassuming not your most beautiful people who most people would just cast off
Published 19 days ago by p941aula j. grass
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I loved this story. It was unique and different. The characters were awesome. The plot was great. Dylan was so wise beyond her years.
Published 1 month ago by andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars A realistic modern love story
FIRST COMES LOVE is one of those books that you definitely should read if you're looking for a nice, realistic modern love story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jenna Detrapani
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
I loved this book! Dylan is hilarious, smart & by god I wish I had a friend like her :-) Gray well he's strong & smart & having to deal with some thing someone so young should not... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Swoon-worthy guy, quirky girl, and one emotional romance
I'm going to admit that I read this book because of the cover. Also, because I love contemporaries, but mostly because of the cover. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nawanda Files Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great vacation read!
First Comes Love was a light romance perfect for vacation reading. I always enjoy seeing the author present each character's point of view in their own words.
Published 10 months ago by Pat Mac
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Katie Kacvinsky writes teen and new adult fiction novels published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She owes most of her writing inspiration to traveling.

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