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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054759979X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547599793
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,325,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 Madison, Wisconsin.

Customer Reviews

I loved the characters Dylan and Gray.
KOL79
Perhaps this is why I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting.
Bonnie
First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky was a beautifully written story.
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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 By Liolania on October 19, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chels on August 15, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: I am always a little leery of picking up books that aren't long in length because something always seems to be lacking, whether it is the plot or character development. I wanted to read First Comes Love though because I am particularly fond of the author and I thought that, no matter the length of the story, that this book would be a good read. I was in the mood for a good contemporary book when I shuffled this one out of my To-Read pile and sat down to hope for the best.

First 50 Pages: For such a small book, it packs a ton of emotion! The author's writing style is so unique and gorgeous. There were little tidbits of what I like to call "life lessons" thrown in to the mix that just wowed me. I sat and thought about First Comes Love for a while after I had finished the whole book. I didn't expect this story to make me think, but it definitely left an impression on me. I had the same reaction to reading Katie's first book, Awaken, that was a bit of a life changer when I first read it. I honestly do not know how she does it; coming out with all of these heart-touching stories. Katie is a fantastic writer!

Characters & Plot: The plot isn't actually the main focus of this book, if that makes any sense at all. This book is about relationships and how two people who are complete opposites in every way, meet and fall in love. The character development and how Gray and Dylan's relationship progresses take center stage. It may seem simple, but that is where the beauty of this story lies. This isn't just a story about two people who fall in love though. It is also how a couple who are in love manages to stay in love, with all of the trials and tribulations that come with young love.
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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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