Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review: First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl who is 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 that they are truly in love with each other. But staying in love is never as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it . . .

I haven’t been this pleasantly surprised by a book in a while. I'll admit, after reading the blurb I was not all that excited to start this book. It seemed kind of dark and the cover definitely did not do it justice. But I'm really glad I gave First Comes Love a second chance because it was insightful on so many levels and I took away more from it than I could have ever anticipated.

The novel unfolds when Gray first notices Dylan at the community college in Phoenix he's attending summer classes at. She's hunched over the scorching sidewalk snapping pictures with her camera and Gray is certain she is the oddest person he's ever seen. When Dylan finally approaches him, she skips the small talk and immediately asks him for a favor. And it's that favor that begins a memorable journey for the two of them.

Gray quickly discovers that Dylan is beyond restless and wants to explore the world inside and out while he yearns for consistency and likes to know what awaits his every move. I felt like there was a part of me in both of these characters and it was interesting to see the dynamic between them and how it evolves over time.

I especially loved this book because it is written from dual perspective and I happen to really like contemporary romance novels that provide both POV's. However, First Comes Love isn't just your typical young adult summer fling, it explores self-identity and the courage it takes to embrace life's everyday curve-balls. I found myself constantly jotting down phrases in the book that I found incredibly inspirational and I look forward to applying some of those words to my own life now that I've finished reading.

In a nutshell, this book is a lighthearted read about how people come into your life during the most unexpected moments and the role timing plays in holding onto these relationships. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast but deeply moving read.

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