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First Comes Love (First Comes Love #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  3,967 ratings  ·  494 reviews
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 s
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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I had the impression that this was an emotional book when I first saw the blurb. But turns out it was actually the opposite. Because not long after I started reading the book I find myself laughing with the characters. It was actually a fun, sweet and highly amusing read. And although that may sound like this is just an ordinary light and fluffy read this book never lacks the depth most emotional books carries. It was delivered in a way that would make you think and understand life lessons and i ...more
3.5 Stars

Dylan is a free spirit looking for anything new to experience, and relishing the random in life. Noticing what others overlook, like Gray. She is intrigued by him, notices him even though he does his best to blend in, and this is what makes him stand out even more to Dylan.

Gray, appropriately named, is in a cloud still reeling from the loss of his twin sister, he goes about life trying to keep everything and everyone out. If he stays numb, he won’t get hurt. That is until Dylan forces
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
May 11, 2012 Joy (Cheery♡Reads) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joy (Cheery♡Reads) by: Maria
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Wow. This was so awesome. I love everything about it and I just can't pick one quote to share. The whole book itself is a memorable quote. It made me laugh, cry and fall in love with it all over again.

This is one hell of a book and Dylan is one crazy, lovable character. She has all these eccentric and insane ideas. She is full of life and is literally living life to the fullest. She is like a hurricane that tosses you inside out and upside down. She is like the sun that shines so bright you have
Wow, I am the first one to review this book, UMMM no pressure. LOL.

Dylan and Gray are very strong characters! This book has so much great life advice in it. Kudos to Katie for such a great imagination and writing ability. I love how Dylan "suffers from creative outbursts!" :)
One paragraph from this book really stuck with me and I relate to it so much in my own life.

" I think everyone's caught up in these tiny narrow minded-minded worlds and they're deluded enough to think their world exists i
Marla Mei
4.5 stars

First Comes Love is the book that you can never pass up. (Of course you can, but I tell you, you shan't!!!) It will sweep you off your feet and ignite those dormant butterflies in your stomach. Now, as the cynic that I am, I do find it hard to believe that I actually said that, but yep I just did. Usually, this kind of story would've earned interminable insults from me for being too far-fetched but with First Comes Love, it was just different. Maybe it was the author's writing, the plot
Zemira Warner
Oh,wow. This story is something else. Something I've never read before. Really special.

The blurb doesn't begin to describe how awesome Gray and Dylan are.
These characters! I love them! They are so real! I could gush about them for ages.

Oh, this lovely, lovely book! It was so wise and quotable! If I persuade only one person to read this book I'd be so happy.

That cover is misleading and distracting. Don't get me wrong, I like it but it doesn't really show Gray and Dylan as they really are. Som
Rachael Wade

"I feel like I violently teeter between these two selves. And I've decided to chase my wild side. I don't want to have any regrets. I think the worst mistake in life is to wonder, What if? I'd rather fail miserably pursuing my dreams than succeed at something I have to settle for."

Wow. This book sent me all over the map. I went from liking it, to disliking it, to loving it in the end. It drove me crazy. I think the hardest books to review, rate, and enjoy are those that tear you straight down th

The first thought after reading:
Damn, It could have been made longer.

I swear I was feeling that glorious moment when they finally reunited , hoping that the blissful feeling has been defined more and then the next thing I knew, it's done. No more extended sappy moments. And that is what's holding me back from clicking that full 5 stars rating. But I guess when you've learn to love a book from page one 'til the last, how each word made an impact to your perspective and ideals in life, you'll
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
First Comes Love is an emotional and beautiful story.

First Comes Love has crawled into my heart and will never leave. For such a tiny book, I had no idea it would make me feel the way that it did while reading it. It’s now days later and I can’t stop thinking about the two main characters.

First Comes Love is a beautiful story about two young teens who discover themselves through one another. Dylan lives in the moment. She doesn’t care what others think about her and she is a very adventurous p
Well...I just don't know what to think about this. I've been teaching for 30+ years, and I've raised two girls of my own. But I'm new to writing and publishing, even newer to the Young Adult genre. I remember years ago, probably '86 or '87, Fayetteville, Arkansas, was splitting at the seams because someone at the school had selected The Chocolate Wars as required reading for one of the English classes, and I can't remember which. A group of concerned citizens had purchased and entire page in the ...more
When I saw the cover of First Comes Love I said Yes. When I read the summary, I said Hell Yes. When I read the book I was like Huh? Now do not get me wrong, it was a great story, but different from what I pictured. In my opinion, the cover has this sort of epic-passionate-romance feeling, and the summary makes Grey seem like such a dark and mysterious person and that Dylan is so full of life - which is true but, they don't seem like the extraordinary-human-being sort of characters. He isn't this ...more
Rating: 3.5 - 4 Stars

Katie Kacvinsky, the author of First Comes Love, describes her book by saying, “this book is half dream and half reality, half experiences I've had and half experiences I would love to have,” and she couldn’t be more right. First Comes Love is a love story unlike any other – not because of its originality, but because of its characters. The GoodReads summary of this novel barely provides the reader with a true glimpse of the depth and potential of this story, so I began thi
Elliedelights (Eleonor Dale)
This novel is life-changing. It opens your mind, your heart, your soul to a new, enthralling perspective. The title didn't really capture my interest and what made me read this book & borrowed it from the library was because of this --

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It piqued my curiosity and without moment's notice, I was reading it and couldn't even put it down.

I quickly fell in love with the characters, especially Dylan. She's spontaneous, random and boring was never in her vocabulary. I think the book cover is not m
Joy (joyous reads)
Gray - Loner. Angry. Caustic.

Dylan - Vagabond. Genial. Happy.

Told from alternate POVs, this is a story about two opposing personalities who learned the intricacies of human relationships; from the sensibilities of new found friendships, the adrenaline rush of falling in love, and the complexities of making a fragile relationship work. It's not going to be easy and it would take a lot of brutal honesty, never-ending soul searching, compounded by difficult sacrifices. At the end of the day, would
Dec 06, 2011 Krystal rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This book was a surprisingly good read. The author manages to create this completely flight, inquisitive, different character that will give the reader that "Alice in Wonderland" feeling. Dylan is so unique, from how she thinks to how she behaves, much of what she does goes against the grain. Gray is far more resentful, gloomy, and awkward. However, both characters have their great points. Gray will make the reader like him instantly with his true love for Dylan and Dylan will make the reader fe ...more
I really enjoyed reading this quirky but interesting book. The characters were nicely layered and the story believable and nicely paced or easy flowing. I fell absolutely in love with Gray's character. His personality and literary voice were moving; they felt honest and real. Dylan's character was quirky and unique in comparison from others that I've read and I find that refreshing. Yes, I think that Gray's character was more relate-able and emotionally grounded but I think that it had a lot to ...more
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This was such a big surprise. It started somehow hard to get into and dull but the unfolded into this magnificent and inspirational love story.

The plot simply is the old fashioned depressed messed-up guy meets optimistic happy-go-lucky girl. Only to change that guy's life and help him actually live. That's basically Gray and Dylan (I never got over the Dylan name). Anyways, Gray lost his twin sister Amanda 8 months ago, that brought misery to him and his family. They basically stopped living and
Gabriela Milanes
Okay, writers: I want to know, where are you getting these girls from? Bohemian, free spirited, eccentric, hyper, selfish, heart breakers. John Green loves writing books about girls like these, these girls are popping up in movies and tv shows. They're quirky and random, don't care what you think but they're also gorgeous, and can't stay in one place so they just have to gogogo and just....they're not real!

I've never met a girl like that in my life. Ever. And if I did know her, I wouldn't be he
It's pretty weird how someone can change your life in a blink of an eye.

I thought...
1. Judging from the cover, I would have taken this for a vamp lit which I'm not really fond of. Anyway, lesson learned, do not judge the book by its cover nor its blurb.
2. The plot will center on bullying/abuse.
3. I will so not like the ending.
4. Someone will die.


Let me start by how much this novel surprised me. This was short, sweet and pretty much concise but I love it! I love the simplicity of the plo
Joan (official heroine hater)
This book was just okay for me. It wasn't awful, but I just really didn't like it much. The protagonists were okay but the girl was a little TOO quirky. It felt fake/forced. And then there's the old "fade to black" on the romantic scenes. So irritating! I know this is young adult, but come on lady, throw me a bone! I've read plenty of young adult that give a WHOLE LOT MORE detail than this. Literally, lips touch and.....end of chapter. WTF? And these were college age protags. The first time it h ...more

I love reading about people falling in love. Slowly, beautifully and sweetly. Honest and open. And I love when the author lets me fall in love with and together with the characters. Gray and Dylan are AMAZING. How they meet, get closer, falling falling in love. Learning who they are, getting past that which hinder them, following their hearts. Beautifully written. Funny, smile inducing. Heartbreaking!
I was in a female lead funk!!! I read 3 books back to back with weak minded heroines!!! I hate that!!! So I reached out to my goodreads peeps and this is the book they came up with....... They shoot, they score!!!! This was amazing!!!

Dylan is anything but weak minded ......she just is!! I love that she says what she's thinking and she is a straight shooter.

Gray is quiet and lost and everything Dylan is not....the mix between these two is so great and to be inside both of their heads was such an
Source: I own a copy of this book.

Note: These are my personal opinions. I received no outside person comments or opinions.

This was a short, sweet, and very cute book to read. It was everything I wanted in a YA Contemporary book. I was looking for something to read other than a YA Fantasy book because to be honest, those books seemed to have put me in a book slump. I had read Clare's Shadowhunter series, and basically everything Vampire, Werewolf, Witch, and Faerie. I had this on my TBR shelf and
Amanda P
This was a refreshing read, and it was a great read because of the cover and the summary that drew me into reading. I loved how Dylan and Gray each had different point of views in the book because it was a different perspective seeing and what they were thinking. Kacvinsky is a great writer because she catches your attention of the novel from the beginning. It was enlightening to read a good contemporary about a girl and a boy who fall in love under different circumstances. Each character grows ...more
Okay firstly, I have to say, the blurb doesn't do this book justice.

I started reading First Comes Love expecting a heart-wrenching love story but instead got something much much better. I knew right from the first chapter that I liked the direction the book was heading and about 80% in I was thinking that 5 stars wouldn't be enough to describe how much I loved this book but as you can see I rated it 4/5 , mostly because I was disappointed with the ending - it was too abrupt - and found the book
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
”Take life seriously. That you have to do. Don’t take yourself seriously, that’s the key. Let it all go. Don’t care for a second what people think of you. In fact, go out of your way to keep them guessing.”

Seriously, I don’t know where to start with a review for this book. It seems like I have a lot to say but can’t quite put it into words. Speechless. That’s me after reading it. I'm still at awe with it. It was amazing and beautiful and impressive and awesome and wonderful and astonishing an
I really enjoyed this book. I think the writing and inner dialogue were clever and I like when one POV leads into the POV of the next character...not when they tell the same scene over each other.

It's told from the perspective of Gray, a college age former baseball player dealing with the death of someone close to him and from Dylan, a manic pixie dream girl, although she's not teeny-tinie.

Dylan, the young adult who is just getting a taste of life, is spending a summer in Phoenix exploring. Sh

First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky was a beautifully written story. WOW! Ms. Kacvinsky is an extremely talented author. Her eloquent writing style is captivating. Her eccentric and mysterious characters had me bewitched from the get-go; their witty banter was amusing, intelligent, and thought-provoking. I was extremely impressed by Ms. Kacvinsky, and I look forward to reading more book by her in the future.
These kinds of books have never really been my type, but once I started reading First Comes Love I was hooked!

It was a sweet and breezy ride, but one that never lacked in strength and depth. The plot wasn't too confusing, the story was straight forward but not in a bland kind of way. I get the feeling that Kate Kacvinsky is a poetic kind of person, because her writing style was just really good and professional. I've been reading too many YA books as per usual, and I'm just glad there are no v
3.5 Stars

It ends up in the shelf between Nicholas Spark & Paolo Coelho track.
Rating out of 5

1. Inspiration : 5 Stars
2. Romance : 3 stars
3. Plot : 3 Stars
4. Lead Characters : 4 Stars

"My eyes are drawn back to this strange girl. You can’t help but notice her—she’s always roaming around outside, like she’s part coyote.She wears baggy jeans,She’s sprawled out, her chest supported by her bony elbows, her hands holding the camera perfectly still."

"I have noticed this guy & drawn few conc
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