Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Review: First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky
First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Format: ARC, 198 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Series: First Comes Love #1
Source: ARCycling & Born Bookish!
Description from Goodreads:
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.
First Comes Love was nooothing like I expected it to be. The only thing I expected was, you know, LOVE. Other than that, I was all wrong about what I thought I'd experience going into this book. This fact is both good and bad. The most important thing, though, is that I did like this book.
This book was cute and sweet and...well, it was a story of first love. But it's not one of those carefree, happy-go-lucky stories. First Comes Love explores the deeper side of relationships. A side that often doesn't show in many books because they're overshadowed by other events.
Gray: Weeeell, guess who loves Gray? I love his name, I love his thoughts, and I love that he is 100% REAL. He is working through tough things, and he doesn't just forget them the moment he meets Dylan. Because, honestly, how would that actually happen in real life? In reality, we tend to remember the things we'd most like to forget. Well, in Gray's case, this statement is exactly true. For many, many things.
Dylan: I loved Dylan! She was not your typical female MC, that is for sure. She was so quirky. Reading her character was so fun! Plus, she didn't just drop everything for a guy. While I admit characters doing that is mighty convenient, and can possibly be looked at as sweet sometimes, this isn't exactly something I would applaud. Dylan has things she wants to do, and goodness, she's going to do them. I love that about her. And she's so peaceful. Her character...it was a nice break from the norm.
The plot. All right. Now we get to the things I wasn't exactly crazy about in the story. I liked this book. I did.
But, it got predictable. Anyone off the street could probably read the desciption and guess how the book ends, no matter how dragged out the conclusion may be. I do like that this book showed them trying to live without each other, but...come on. We all saw it coming.
Other than that, though, this book was incredibly cute, in a deep way. Gray and Dylan learn so much about each other, this isn't just a lust-at-first-sight thing disguised as "love."
Another thing? This was an incredibly quick read. Seriously, it's not even 200 pages. This story just FLEEEW by.
Love. Here's another little flaw that I noticed--this is a fast-moving relationship between Gray and Dylan. Personally, I think this was okay because it was a fast learning process between the two, not just a bunch of making out and whatnot. But still, it's worth mentioning that it felt like Gray and Dylan didn't take too much time to fall in love.
Again, other than that, this is such a sweet couple! I adore the way they act around each other. It was so adorable.
The ending. As I said, I predicted it waaaaaay before I even got there. Before the actual conflict even arose. Don't get me wrong, I loved the ending--it made me so happy--but it wasn't exactly a shocker. It wasn't something I agonized over.
Overall, First Comes Love is a cute, sweet read that flies by and I honestly like. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one to see more Gray & Dylan! Those two...they are just adorable.