I’m not sure if many of you remember, but last year I went a little crazy (in a good way) about a book called Awaken. It was the first book that (because of its “richly devloped characters”) made me change the way I looked at my own life. I stopped bringing my phone to lunch, I realized that happiness isn’t Twitter statuses and YouTube videos, and that if you open your eyes there IS a world around you. “Awaken” inspired change in people’s (hell…in MY) circumstances. “First Comes Love” inspires change in our lives.
“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 souls find they are truly in love with each other.
But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they’re going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you’re sorry.”
Unlike Kacvinsky’s last journey into the literary world “First Comes Love” is not a Dystopian novel, (man… I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot today) It’s a novel about seeing someone’s potential, their heart, their bruised soul and connecting to it.
But much like (you see how I did that…genius right?) her first novel Katie chooses to focus on the simple pleasures in life, and because she does she is able to draw out her introverted lead (Gray) in the most brilliant and heart warming ways. This time, it was by allowing opposites to fall in love, with each-other and life.
Gray (as it states in the synopsis) is very dark. But…he’s not dark for the reasons you would think. He’s not emo, he doesn’t want to shrivel up and blow away because he doesn’t like people. He is dark because he is stuck inside of his own head and doesn’t know how to get out. It makes him vulnerable and very lovable.
Dylan (his opposite) is sparkly, energetic and also really screwed up. The only difference is that she doesn’t recognize the faults, (or overall stupidity) in herself until she actually leaves Gray (Yes, I know… I kinda gave something away. Sue me.)
The plot itself is of very little importance, (I’ll back this up by saying that the book is only 198 pages long. It’s hard plan a noteworthy plot in so few pages) it’s there, it happens. Yay! Gold star! What is important is the characters and their experiences within themselves and each-other that drive the story forward. It’s a “relationship novel.” (Told from alternating views.) Without Gray and Dylan it would just be a book about hiking in Arizona and a sappy letter to a Taco Shop.
Sometimes you just have to look past the short coming of the story’s “situations” to understand the story’s “heart.”
All in all, a very sweet, well written (quick) book that will make you take a second look at what’s important to hold on to and what’s important to say goodbye to.
Happy Reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: All is fair in love and discord.
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This novel is schedule for release on May 8th