Tuesday, May 15, 2012
My Thoughts: We're in Phoenix. It's summer and the temperature is over a hundred degrees. We're at a Community College to meet our main characters, Gray and Dylan. Gray is a loner, he chooses to be alone, all the while doing almost nothing, but practicing on his guitar and playing video games at home. He wasn't always like that, he had friends and a promising future of going to university on a baseball scholarship, but after his sister died he gave up those dreams. He's one "hobby" is watching a weird girl as she takes photos with an old camera. After a brief conversation about geckos, the girl, Dylan decides Gray is interesting. And picks him as her city guide and new friend. Dylan is a force of nature. She is like nothing Gray has ever seen before. A fresh breeze in the smothery heat.
"You'll scare them away," she whispers, and motions with her eyes. I look down at the empty path. There isn't a single movement in the distance. I stare back at her with concern. Maybe she's schizophrenic. Maybe the dessert heat has fried her brain (at least the logical side) and she's hallucinating. I lift my foot to back up, but then I glance down and realize only a few inches away from this girl's head are two pale green geckos.
I loved both Gray and Dylan. And I also adore their names. On the first few pages it was a little hard to keep track of who is the guy, and who is the girl. Because those names are androgynous. But then I came to love it. Those names were perfect for them. And I particularly liked the role reversal in First Comes Love. That it was Gray who wanted the relationship, the commitment, and Dylan was the one who wanted to be a "free spirit".
The story just flowed for me, and I can't put it down until I finished it. First Comes Love is a fantastic story about first love, grief and family. I highly recommend it to everyone.
(And just a little warning, this book is YA, but has sex scenes)
Title: First Comes Love
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
May 8th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
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