Rediscovering Family and True Love // First Comes Love by Emily Giffin Book Review
The story that Emily Giffin has weaved is one that every reader can find something within to relate to. First Comes Love is about a family that slowly unravels after tragedy strikes one winter’s night and their many long years mend to regain the family core lost so many years ago.
I found myself reading at a slow pace as the story needs you to pay attention. It definitely is not a fast-paced read like thrillers, so be prepared to take your time and grow with the characters.
Real-life story: One thing I like about Emily Giffin is that she writes stories that readers can relate to. Although maybe not the entire story line, I found myself at many spots throughout reading relating to specific events or having an event spark a memory. I do believe regardless of life, there is something that will make you say, “I totally get that!”
Realization: There is THE moment in reading when Josie and Meredith have clarity about each other. And not just clarity about each other, but themselves, as well. Each realizes that it was not the other sister’s path that put them in their own self-hate/self-quilt, but it was their own dramatization of how the other sister has lived that contributed.
Chapter hopping: The story is told in alternating views between the two sisters, Josie and Meredith, which I like; however, the story rotates views every other chapter… chapter one is one sister, chapter two is the other sister, and so on. The alternate views give a well developed story with insight into the family, but it can be confusing! On a roll with reading, I was sometimes lost as to which character chapter I was in and would either have to wait for a clue or go to the beginning of the chapter to see the name.
Irritating characters: I didn’t find myself liking Meredith much during the first half to 75 percent of the book. Meredith is the youngest sibling and is the self-appointed “do right by family” child after tragedy strikes. I really wanted to like Meredith because she seemed to take one for the family, but I think this self-appointment backfired on her life and it made her a character that I could easily dislike. I found myself more than once telling her to “chill out” and cringing when she would start whining. Thankfully, Josie and Meredith find a level path and this seems to allow Meredith to understand she can just be Meredith.
Overall, I found myself with a love/like relationship with First Comes Love. There are more moments of love and Emily Giffin stays true to her story-telling within. A story not just of finding love, but finding self, family, and what was lost. There is not much to hate, if anything, and do beleive it is a comfort read everyone can fall for. I give First Comes Love 4 out of 5 stars.
Emily Giffin is the author of seven internationally bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, and The One & Only. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.