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First Comes Love (First Comes Love Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Katie Kacvinsky
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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.

Editorial Reviews


"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."

"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." --

"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: 967 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 054759979X
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LVR01U
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Opposites Attract. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read August 15, 2012
By Chels
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing characters, sweet romance. May 8, 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I.LOVED.THIS!!!!
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Published 10 months ago by Allison Guggisberg
5.0 out of 5 stars In love with these characters
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Published 10 months ago by Kendall Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Would Definitely Recommend! Looking forward to picking up the next...
First Comes Love is the first book the the First Comes Love series. It focuses on two young teenagers, Dylan who is an adventurous girl who doesn't care what others think of her,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Emily Fritz
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story about first love
Just finished it! It was sweet, poignant and funny. So glad that it was recommended to me by Heidi McLaughlin! I loved Gray and Dylan from the start. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amber Presley Boyd
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 13 months 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 13 months 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
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More About the Author

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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