Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

Title: First Comes Love
Author: Kate Kacvinsky
Published: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Read synopsis: Goodreads

Rating: 4 stars

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 insights easily without having to feel and encounter intense or sad emotions. And Kate Kacvinsky really did an amazing job in doing that.

The characters in this book are just really remarkable. I adore Gray and Dylan. They're both such relatable and genuine characters. Dylan is a very interesting girl. She's fun, does a lot of random things, and could be really weird and crazy most of the time but in a really good and refreshing way. Gray was a very real and lovable character. His problems and the emotional baggage he carries forced him to close himself to other people. He built up walls around himself and kept people at arm’s length and thought that he would never need anyone. Not until he met Dylan and his walls started coming down.

Although this was narrated in both povs of Gray and Dylan, I think the story focused more in Gray's development and growth and how upon meeting Dylan everything started to change in him. His pov, even with all those things I describe about him that would make you think he's an emotional or fragile kid, was actually very fun to read. I had a lot of laughs with his thoughts and idea and I just love the realness and honesty with it. Here are some of Gray's lines I really loved:
“First I thought she was crazy. Now I'm crazy about her.”
"She smirks as she applies some Chap Stick to her lips. I'm jealous of Chap Stick."
"We slump down on the leather couch and contemplate what to get my mom. Well, she contemplates what to get my mom. I contemplate kissing her."
"I turn the light off and catch my trophie out of the conrner of my eye and I think of all the awayrd I would give to her. Best Kisser. Best Lips. Best Everything." 
It was amazing to see the story of these two different people unfold. How they first met, how their relationship grew from companionship, to friendship then lovers. How both their characters and personalities developed through each other, how they discovered things and how their take and perspective in life changed after meeting each other. Katie Kacvinsky wrote it in a way that is just so utterly endearing and so natural with the right mix of humor and fun.

Their love story didn't come easy, there were ups and downs too especially coming from their differences and different goals in life but through with that they were able to realize what they really wanted, what to do with their feeling, decide and take chances and make everything work. The ending felt like a bit cut short for me or maybe it's just me wanting more. But really, I wouldn't mind if this was longer. I would be more than happy to see more of Gray and Dylan's story.

To conclude, this was such a fun, sweet but also really insightful read. I laughed a lot with Gray and Dylan and was touched by their relationship and how they overcome problems through the help of each other. And yes, of course I swoon a lot with them too, there were some pretty hot moments actually here that I, of course, devoured. And just to tease you, I'll leave you a quote from one of those moments:
"I take a step toward her and reach out to take the warm, damp washcloth from herhand. It has smears of makeup all over it. I stare down at her soft lips, puffy from all the scrubbing, and hesitantly run my thumb across them. I feel Dylan shudder when I touch her. Or maybe it's me. I hold her face in my hand and look in her eyes and she offers me the smallest grin, and that's all I need. My eyes fall back to her lips. They look warm and soft and inviting."
So there it is, if you want more of swoon-worthy and hot moments I recommend you start reading this now! LOL! Read this! :D


  1. Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed this! It sounds like the author has managed to craft the characters really well. I'm so intrigued to read their stories! Brilliant review as always, E! :)

  2. Great review, Eunice! I never planned to read this but you have me reconsidering that now. :D I also thought it would be a more emotional book but it's good to hear it's actually a fun book though not without depth. I'll have to pick it up one day! :)

  3. Oh, such an exquisite review! *Sigh* The relationship between the two love interests sounds so sweet and passionate! It's sometimes tricky reading a book that's both insightful and deep yet still fun at the same time, so I'm glad youwere a fan of this! Happy reading. :) <3

  4. Fantastic review! I saw this at the bookstore the other day, and almost bought it but decided not to... I kind of wish I had now. And I like that this book is more on the fun side, the name, blurb, and cover all led me to believe it was going to be this emotional book!

    Glad you liked this book. (:

  5. I've had this in my TBR but have been a little nervous to pick it up because I, like you, thought it would be a very emotional read. Glad to know it's not. You're review is amazing, Eunice! It makes me want to pick this book up NOW! LOVE the quotes!! :)

  6. Fabulous review!! I was on the fence about this book, but now I'm definitely going to have to go read it! And goodness gracious, Gray is so darn swoon-worthy!! I loved your quotes :)
    new follower!

  7. I totally thought this was a paranormal when I first saw this cover, so it's a surprise—a pleasant one—to find out it's actually a contemporary, and a fun one even! :P Gray and Dylan sound ADORABLE and I'm already swooning over the few quotes that you shared! I'm glad that it wasn't just a fun read though and that there was depth to it as well. I actually wasn't sure whether or not to pick this up or not but you've definitely convinced me to get my hands on this if I ever see it around! Fabulous review x)

  8. Eunice, I LOVED READING YOUR FIRST PARAGRAPH. BEAUTIFUL. Favorite part: "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 insights easily without having to feel and encounter intense or sad emotions."

    And I must say, from the book cover I was expecting an intensely emotional read, and now that I've read your review, I know it isn't. Despite this, I'm glad that you still thought it was a great book:) Oh by the way, those quotes made me LOL:) LOVE the review!

  9. Oh my what a beautiful review, Eunice! You make me want to drop everything, run to the bookstore, and buy this RIGHT NOW. And those quotes you included??? They made me jump p and down inside, like a little girl! I had no idea this would be so deep and meaningful, yet light and fluffy at the same time. Fab review, Eunice!! I'm adding you to my blog list. I LOVE you and your blog so much!! <333

    1. Yay! Thank you, Riya! And I LOVE you and your blog too! Just added your blog on my list too! I thought you're on my blog list already. Hope you can get into this one soon! :D

  10. Eunice now you're killing me to with these awesome teasers?? this book was on my wish list forever but I just haven't had the time to get to it yet, I think it is a book that I would definitely enjoy especially with the swoony romance and enjoyable alternative povs. Awesome review Eunice :)

  11. GAH! I totally need to get this one. Everyone seems to love it, and so I'm pretty sure I will too (I'm easy to please when it comes to books :D). Thank you for the lovely review!!! <4 (more than 3...get it? :D)

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  12. I'm a new follower and I absolutely love your blog!
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  13. The cover of this also gives the impression that it's going to be an emotional book, but a "fun, sweet and highly amusing read" beats that x934857394857348. :P

    OMG, I LOVE THIS LINE: “First I thought she was crazy. Now I'm crazy about her.” That's perfect.<3 Gray is officially swoon-worthy for 'speaking' them.

    I want to read this so bad now, Eunice! It sounds AMAZING. Thanks for such a wonderful review.(:


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