First Comes Love Katie Kacvinsky Book Review

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First Comes Love Katie Kacvinsky Book ReviewFirst Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky
Series: First Comes Love #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 8th 2012
Genres: Baseball & Softball, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Sports & Recreation, Young Adult
Pages: 224
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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 . . . This ebook includes a sample chapter from AWAKEN.

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.

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About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. tnx 4 the review
    i so want this1

  2. I just got this from Vine….I wonder if I’ll like it. I like character growth and books about complicated relationships. Hmmm. 🙂 Good to hear that it had you swooning a little.

  3. The organization of the book sounds really interesting, and the fact that the characters meet in college so they’re older also draws me. I’ve been looking for some protagonists a little closer to my age.

  4. This sounds like one that certain people will just LOVE. (I think I may recommend it to my little sister, she’s in to the whole manic pixie thing… LOL!)

    Great review, as always!
    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  5. This sounds like one that certain people will just LOVE. (I think I may recommend it to my little sister, she’s in to the whole manic pixie thing… LOL!)

    Great review, as always!
    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  6. This one looks really great – Though, hearing you were on the fence about it makes me thing I’ll push it down my TBR Pile 🙂

  7. <33 You're my bookish soul mate with a few exceptions!

    I thought I was the only one who didn't love this book. I loved Gray, but could not get into Dylan. Thanks for making me feel better 🙂

    • YES! Like, she was soooo annoying and I’m like no way do people act like that in real life. AND THEN SHE WOULD DO CRAP THINGS AND NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND PAWN IT OFF AS OH I AM A VAGABOND. Blahhh.

  8. This is going to sound really shallow but I wanted to high five this post just because you used the words “modus operandi.”

  9. It sucks when you don’t like one of the main characters at all. I think I’ll still give this one a shot since it’s pretty rare that I come across a book that takes a look at a relationship as a whole instead of just the beginning or the end. Great review, though :]

  10. I loved this book so much. But you’re right, it was mostly because of Gray. I don’t think I disliked Dylan as much as you and the other commenters but I sure loved the hell out of Gray. I love the mysterious broody boy any day. He fit that perfectly.

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