First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

Posted May 4, 2012 by Sara | Novel Novice 2 Comments

A contemporary romance of the best kind, prepare to fall in love with First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky.

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.

Chronicling all the “firsts” of a developing relationship, Kacvinsky weaves a tale of how two vastly different people can form an unlikely romance. First Comes Love shows Gray and Dylan’s progression from new acquaintances to friends to lovers, all the while traversing the rocky terrain of their clashing personalities and personal drama.

I’m a sucker for contemporary YA fiction, but usually I prefer a classic coming of age story to a romance. Not so with First Comes Love. I was swept away by Dylan and Gray’s romance, and literally could not put this book down — I read it in a single sitting! Kacvinsky has woven a tale full of rich, in-depth layers — and each page peels them back bit by bit, until the full picture is startlingly and finally revealed.

Gray and Dylan are the type of characters you can fall in love with as a reader, even as they fall in love with each other. They are realistic and complex and fractured in ways that are so utterly human. And when you’re not being swept away by these two characters, Kacvinsky seduces you with her descriptions of the book’s Arizona setting. I’m not personally a fan of the desert, but Kacvinsky made me want to visit the hot, dry heat and experience the setting for myself. Luckily, her writing offers a cheap and lush substitute for actual travel. She transports you there with just a few simple words.

You can be seduced by First Comes Love yourself when it hits store shelves on May 8th.

Sara | Novel Novice
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