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First Comes Love (First Comes Love Series Book 1) by [Kacvinsky, Katie]
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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

Book Description

Hardcover edition:
$16.99 CL/$19.95 CAN

Product Details

  • File Size: 2199 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LVR01U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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 truly unforgettable, but because I wanted to relive Gray and Dylan's story from start to finish. I didn't intend to devour three books in a day and a half, but I got caught up in everything about the books and I couldn't walk away until I had the full story. But, more on the second and third book later.

"Live a little," she tells me. "You're never going to experience anything if you wait around for perfect conditions."

I love characters. That, more than the writing or the story, is what makes me love books. I often connect with characters and, if I don't, I have a difficult time enjoying the book. Dylan and Gray were amazingly easy to love. At the time I first read the book nearly two years ago, it was my first time coming across characters quite like these two. They were both so unique. Dylan probably more than Gray, butI've always loved Gray because he doesn't fit in any of the stereotypes. He wears his heart on his sleeve and when he loves someone, he's all in. To this day, literally hundreds of books later, these two still stand out and, if I'm being completely honest, I've not yet encountered a pair like them.

"This guy is perfect. On the surface he might be callused, but looking through a creative lens, I see layers and textures. He reminds me of a folding chair, closed up and waiting to be shoved in a storage closet. I'm determined to see him unfold."

"If you never leave where you come from, I don't think you'll ever figure out who you are," she says. "Because how much is forced on you?
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First Comes Love is one of those books that I'll never forget. While I couldn't give it five stars, there was so much I loved about this coming of age love story.

The book starts out with Gray, a loner who's tired of all the "pretty people" around him, and Dylan, a free-spirited nomad that notices the guy (Gray) that no one else sees. Dylan tries to befriend Gray but Gray isn't looking for a friend, especially not one like Dylan. The author, Katie Kacvinsky, then takes you to the next level, sharing why Gray and Dylan are who they are and how they got to where they are in life. Slowly but surely, Gray starts to open up. Eventually, Gray falls in love with the strange, free-spirited Dylan (whom I was already in love with from page one). But it's not ahappy ending yet. Dylan's free spirit pulls at her, which just so happens to be in the opposite direction of the amazing, blossoming young man that has allowed himself to fall in love with her.

This really is a sweet story. It reminded me of how sweet first loves can be and how complex and confusing life can be when disaster strikes at a young age. Gray and Dylan fit together like puzzle pieces, each one complementing the other. I related to Dylan's free-spirited nature but also despised her for it. I empathized with Gray after learning about the loss of his twin sister and the havoc that loss wreaked on his family. I enjoyed the journey of healing that Dylan took him on and fell head over heels in love with him when he realized that he wanted to spend every day of the rest of his life with the girl he fell in love with.

Unfortunately, there were some things that kept me from giving First Comes Love five stars, none of which had to do with the amazing characters or the beautiful story held within the pages of this book.
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It was a quick and easy read, a cute little story of first love. Some of the descriptions of feelings after different major life events really hit the nail on the head. Everyone remembers their love ....
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