We all remember our first love and how it unfolded. Katie Kacvinsky captures all of the firsts with her sophomore novel First Comes Love. Set in Arizona, First Comes Love moves through the progression of Dylan, a girl, and Gray’s relationship from the first time they meet at community college to their first fight and beyond.
First Comes Love is a very short book, under 230 pages. The chapters are frequent and are all labeled with a different first. I found the chapter titles added some enjoyment to my reading of First Comes Love. Of course, each chapter deals with the first it is named after, so the book is nicely structured.
The main theme behind First Comes Love is the relationship, seriously the entire book is centered around it. It shows the sweet side of the relationship and the dark side. I will admit, I swooned a little tiny bit as lighthearted Dylan fell in love with stormy Gray.
However, I am not 100% in love with First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky. I thought Dylan ended up reading like the cliche manic pixie dream girl. She pushes Gray out of his stuffy shell and forces him to traps life. She also has all these weird quirks like naming things, rambling, asking weird questions and leaving gifts for people she doesn’t know. In the end, I found it hard to care for Dylan as a character because she does not have character growth to the extent that Gray does. I thought she remained static and stilted.
If character growth is your modus operandi while reading, you might like the character of Gray. If you just wanted to read about a complicated relationship and it’s ups and downs, you might wanted to give First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky a shot. For me, though, I could not get past the obvious stock manic pixie dream girl.
Disclosure: Received for review via Amazon Vine.