First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
I pretty much exclusively read girly girl books. Don't judge. Sometimes I wish I was one of those girls who read "smart" books, like period pieces or nonfiction, but I'm not. When I read, I just want to turn off my brain and escape into a story or the character of someone else. To me, reading is like the smart version of watching TV. I really just love books that are on the light hearted side, that are easy to read, and tell a great story about relationships. A little bit of comedy mixed with a little bit of romance is my kind of book!
Does anyone remember Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed they made into big screen romcom? It was one of my faves, so when I saw she came out with First Comes Love I just haaaad to pick it up! Now, I don't think I have written about a book since high school. So like...10 years ago. Damn, I'm old! So here it goes...!! (Note: there are NO spoilers!)
The Prologue of the book starts off really, really sad. Something bad...really, really bad...happens and it turns a family's life upside down. This incident sets the stage for the rest of the book, and throughout the book we see how this tragedy has affected the various characters an their relationship to one another.
Each chapter in the book alternates the POV between sisters Meredith and Josie. We are first introduced to the younger sister, Josie, who is an elementary school teacher in her thirties and is single AF. The clock is tickin' and she really just wants to be a mother. And then, we meet her ex-boyfriend's daughter...who got assigned to her class. OUCH.
Then there is Meredith, the older sister, who seems to have the perfect life. She is a successful lawyer, is married to an amazing man, and together they have a beautiful daughter. But as one might suspect, things may not be as perfect as they seem.
The relationship between Meredith and Josie is tested over and over again. We see them fight and make up as sisters do. (Hmmm, sounds familiar). But will their relationship survive a secret Josie has been keeping for 10 years? You will have to read First Comes Love to find out!
One thing I really enjoyed about the book was how it was structured, in that the chapters alternated points of view. This made the story go by really fast and we got to see what was going on in the lives and minds of both main characters. The story still flowed really nicely with this setup and was not confusing at all.
I think I will always love anything Emily Giffin writes. As a 20-something, her characters are always so relatable in some way and it is always an easy read. That being said, it was not my absolute favorite Emily Giffin book, but I would still definitely recommend it! I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I was left with wanting to learn more. The conclusion just seemed to tie things up quickly, so I guess I wasn't fulfilled at the end. I'm hoping this means a Part 2 to the book because I just really want to know how things go with the different paths all the characters decided to take. Fingers crossed!