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First Comes Love

(First Comes Love #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  4,786 ratings  ·  583 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
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Weng
Sorry for the long review/s lately. I seem to have a lot of things to say these days. Good thing for you, there’s this reading process called skimming. Lol!

This is about the story of two people, one trying to blend in but who just seems to stand out more in the attempt and one who effortlessly stands out because of being very different and how these two people who don’t seem to matter much find a way to matter so much to each other.

Before this, it’s been quite long since I’ve read an NA novel.
Pearl Angeli
“When your world’s become one person, how do you prepare to let her go? How do you get over someone you know you’ll never forget?”

Before I started this book, I was really excited because everyone seems to like it, most especially my friends on Goodreads. Seeing the synopsis and the sweet reviews, I told myself that this book must be really good because it definitely sounds right up my alley. Unfortunately after reading it, I realized that it’s completely different than what I was expecting,
Kathe L

Mann, what can I say about this one? That it was exactly what I needed and that's why it deserves 5 stars? But then, how can I give it this rating if it isn't perfect and I wanted more from that end? I was confused for days, only to decide that I would write the review first and then decide on the rating haha

What can I say about Dylan, this girl that completely stole me? At first, I was certain she was a dream. I mean, how can someone be like this? But then, people always try to be a Dylan, dai
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Masooma by: Aj the Ravenous Reader
He is cold but she is hot. She is illogical and irrational while he analyzes logic and counts reasons. He's a snail basking in the shades but she is a rabbit hopping hither and thither. He has a pessimist outlook but she is an optimist. He's Gray and she is Dylan. Where Gray is a slow song more precisely Why not me. She's a fast song like Tik Tok

She thinks he's a challenge, turns out he is interesting. He thinks she's weird, turns out she is as unique as a fingerprint. Both are opposites, both
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daiane by: Aj the Ravenous Reader
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

'Life is a story. We can make it a Harlequin romance, a mystery, a memoir. We can make it pamphlet-size or an ongoing series.
“I want mine to be exceptional”'

This book is about the development of a relationship between two people who are completely opposites.
Gray is this grumpy depressive guy who just wants to be left alone. One day, he meets Dylan, a overly energetic girl who is really pushy and likes to live life at its fullest.

“My theory is everybody sucks. So,
“It's amazing how far you're willing to go when someone believes in you”

I was hesitant to start this book,because there are very few NA books which I have really liked .So thank you Aj for recommending this to me because I wouldn't have picked it had you not mentioned about this wonderful book ^^

This book is beautifully written.First Comes Love is a story about Gary,who lives in his own world and doesn't let himself get attached to anyone after he lost his sister.And Dylan is complete opposite
Rachel Maniacup
This book is recommended to me by AJ,my ever loving sister, and I want to thank her for being my greatest source of great books.^^

This book is a beautiful story that when you started reading,you'll be glued to the pages. It is a story of two people who are completely opposite in most every way.
The girl,Dylan is a smart,free-spirited,outgoing,open, and adventurous person.And I just love her! She's so cute and funny in a quite simple way that makes her unique and extraordinary.

The boy,Gray on the
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
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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 (Kylo Ren fangirl) 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
Donita Luz
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hopeless romantic
Recommended to Donita by: Aj the Ravenous Reader, Henz
"You're never going to experience anything if you wait around for perfect conditions. Look at the sky, Gray. It's gorgeous. It's perfect right now, and you're miss-ing it."
I felt like those words were directed to me.

Remember that time in college when you have to review for an exam, that you start highlighting important things in your book, only you ended up highlighting ALMOST every paragraph, sentence there is, because you're worried that you might miss something important? Something that
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
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joy (Cheery♡Reads) by: Maria
Shelves: i-own
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
Rating: 4 stars!

A perfectly imperfect love story.

FULL review here:


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
3-3.5 Stars!

Words for this book: Grief. Friendship. Love. Second chances. First love. Hope. Inspiration. New beginnings.

This book is about two individuals who find one another at different times in their lives while being complete opposites. We have Gray who realistic, grumpy, sarcastic and likes to be alone but on the other hand we have Dylan, who is energetic, hopeful, free spirited, lives life to the fullest and open minded to everything.

(Gray and Dylan are SO catdog)

Gray and Dylan mee
Rachael Wade
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"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
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But there are also some terrible words," she continues. "Like membrane. And moist. And protoplasm."

I received this book as a birthday present about a year ago, and really wanted to read it. And I ended up not getting a chance to for a really long time. And thank goodness I picked it up a couple days ago because I loved it. It was hilarious, awkward, exciting, and romantic. It really is the way first love is. I wanted to shout to the skies when I found out both Dylan and Gray were virgins. You k
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Oh yes, finally! Thanks so much to my GR friends, Donita, Henz and AJ who suggested this book. Forgive me because it took me a while to read this. After the ordeal I've been through a month ago, I know I deserve this book. Finally, yes I've read this. Now let it be known that I'm utterly in love with this novel.

“I couldn't sleep," she confesses.
"Why not?" I ask.
She smiles at me. It's this sweet, innocent smile, and it makes my heart stammer.
"You didn't kiss me today," she says. "And I wanted
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
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
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Elliedelights (Eleonor Dale)
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 mi
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
I was intrigued to read this book because of my friend Aj… (^^) Thank you dear. I thought this is a lovely book, it’s refreshing to read it under the New Adult genre where most of them are all sexed up, although I like a steamy book every once in a while but they tend to be boring and shallow at times however First Comes Love is just right. It’s what I needed after the endless annoying main characters I’ve been reading so far. No eye-rolls and cringing for me here just smiles, “aww’s” and s ...more
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
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to BlebeTanja by: Zemira
This was something else.

Can't really put my thoughts to paper, but I can tell you this book is amazing. And the characters are nothing like you've read before.

I need book #2 asap.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cutest romantic novel I've read!
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