Today's book ....
by Katie Kacvinsky
Published by: Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt Children's
On May 8, 2012
Source: traded with another blogger
Content: characters are more mature than in the typical YA (post high-school) and some of the content reflects that.
My summary: After a tragedy, Gray is quiet and serious. He meets Dylan, who is impulsive and optimistic. Can Dylan force Gray to come out of his shell and embrace life? Will Gray ever be able to pin free-spirited Dylan into a relationship, or will he get his heart broken twice?
My take: This book was a refreshing change for me. It's a short, simple story of two people and their relationship. There aren't a lot of dramatic plot events, no huge cast of characters, no paranormal elements or shocking twists, and I liked that. Two people fall in love, slowly and realistically, and then have to face the "happily ever after" part of their relationship. Can they make it work?
I don't want to say too much about Gray, because his story unfolds slowly in the book. But after a tragic event, he's sleepwalking through life. He resists Dylan at first, then realizes that he feels awake and alive for the first time in his life.
I loved the fact that this book didn't just focus on the falling in love aspect of a relationship. As the title indicates, First Comes Love also looks at the making love work part. Opposites may attract, but can they last for the long haul?
Dylan is one of those quirky girls, like Holly Golightly, Annie Hall or Stargirl. While I liked Dylan as a character, this book didn't really delve very deeply into what made her tick. That's the tricky thing about free spirited characters -- they seem fully formed because they're so vivid, but often, like in real life, they're also hiding something. Holly Golightly had a whole tragic past that she was trying to forget about with her wacky escapades. I bet Dylan is like that, and I would have liked to find out more.
And there was one more loose end. Boba. What happened to Boba?
But all in all, I found this book a very touching and enjoyable read. If you love contemporaries, love stories, and/or books that make you tear up -- try First Comes Love.
And check out my other two Love and Loss books, In Honor and Second Chance Summer. I'll be reviewing those later this week, and also Golden Lily by Richelle Mead.
Tell me in comments about a book that made you tear up, cry, or sob uncontrollably!!