Review: First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

First Comes Love - Katie Kacvinsky

This one is really hard to write, because when everything comes around First Comes Love is neither horrible nor exceptional. In the end, it's just good. A good read between heavier works.

The story is the one between Dylan, a free spirit, and Gray, a bit of a loner that has gone through a rough time. Their paths cross in one strange meeting, and from there we get to follow their story as they build a friendship that grows into love; a love that explores what is needed for a relationship to last. The relationship between these two people is not exactly the normal norm, but this is mostly due to Dylan's personality. And it's her personality that ties the whole book together, without it, the book had easily been just another one in the stack.

So... Dylan. She's supposedly in college or at least taking classes there during the summer and it's here she and Gray meet. While I over all find her personality endearing, she can also act like a girl just beginning high school. At times she's immature and her age becomes downright questionable. But yes, her quirky personality and view on life is a breath of fresh air between the New Adult books lately, although First Comes Love is more of a young adult book. Dylan's eager to learn, to experience new things in life no matter what she needs to do. Despite Dylan being the more interesting character, the book's main focus is on Gray and his development from loner to someone more outgoing and sure of himself. 

Dylan's quirky way is what makes Gray fall for her. She helps him through the demons of his past while they find out who they are together. Their story is sweet, and funny at times. There are some good lines in there that made me crack a smile more than once. But despite this, the story focuses solely on Dylan and Gray, neither of their parents are introduced in any deeper sense, nor is any of their previous friends. It's a two man show with these two in the leading roles. For a book focusing on two people, with no greater surprises, it's a bit of a let down. Yes, they are still rather adorable together. Yes, they have their funny moments. But there aren't any big, new elements added to the story. When a book is like this, full of no surprises or more complex relationships, I want the relationship between the main characters to be shown in a deeper and more complex way. However, Dylan and Gray's relationship is light even if it's understandable why they fall for each other, I just wished more from it than I got. 

So while the book is an easy read, it lacks in several departments. Yet, it's fine to spend a few hours reading between heavier books that grabs your psyche. But both Gray's and Dylan's character arcs should have been further explored and filled out as this is the most interesting part of the book. As it is, the book falls a bit short as there are other YA books that dives into this kind of relationship and troubles that manages to make the characters more developed.