- Title: First Comes Love
- Author: Emily Giffin
- ISBN: 9780345546920
- Page: 460
- Format: Hardcover
In this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin, the 1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One Only introduces a pair of sisters who find themselves at a crossroads Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing Meredith hardworking,In this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin, the 1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One Only introduces a pair of sisters who find themselves at a crossroads Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths Josie, a first grade teacher, is single and this close to swearing off dating for good What she wants than the right guy, however, is to become a mother a feeling that is heightened when her ex boyfriend s daughter ends up in her class Determined to have the future she s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life A successful attorney, she s married to a wonderful man, and together they re raising a beautiful four year old daughter Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other than they knew and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart wherever that may lead.
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It's hard to read a book when you dislike the main characters so much. And I really didn't connect with Josie and Meredith. Josie and Meredith are sisters who are still coping with their brother's death, 15 years later. Now, some stories that I categorize as "women's fiction" that involve sisters feature a sort of love/hate relationship. This is more like a hate/hate relationship. Josie and Meredith fight constantly, and for extremely petty reasons. Honestly, I was sick of their back and forth r [...]
Short version: everyone in this book needs therapy. Long version: *Spoilers ahead. Because this book was so meh, I just don't care.* I'm not really sure when Emily Giffin's characters crossed the line from being complex and realistic to whiny and unlikable, but the latter is absolutely on full display in First Comes Love. Giffin introduces us to Meredith and Josie, two sisters who have let their entire lives be defined by the early, stereotypical prologue death of their older brother. Since t [...]
Many thanks to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.Yes, it may come as a shock but occasionally I DO take a break from my regular scheduled programming of blood, graphic violence, and disturbing content. Sometimes you just need to lighten the mood and feel girly for a hot minute, and this was the perfect read for that. I fell in love with Emily Giffin's strong characters (read stubborn and real), biting wit, and adult humor when I read Something Blue (even though I did [...]
Family trauma / family drama, sibling conflicts, personality conflicts, who we love and how we love and why we love those we love, everything that goes into family dynamics. The way something you said or did or thought about doing when you were five or ten or fifteen will be held against you or used to measure the person you should have become twenty, thirty years later. Life scars. How a seemingly strongly united family can come undone so that you’re left with lives lived as individuals, conn [...]
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."That's how I feel after reading First Comes Love. After being a big Emily Giffin fan for her first six novels, I was so disappointed in The One and Only. I was still hopeful for FCL though and bought my copy the day it was released. For the second time in a row though, I find myself disappointed.Where to start? First off, Meredith is the least likeable character in a book I have read, ever. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but wow, what a negative, [...]
4 Stars!Grief is a mystery to be lived through, not a problem to be solved.This novel centers around two sisters, Meredith and Josie Garland. The prologue opens the story with a family tragedy, but you learn a fair bit about the family in it. Josie is impulsive, a bit of a party girl. Meredith is more reserved, an introvert. They don't have the best relationship. Then the tragedy strikes. Fast forward in time fifteen years later. Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties and their lives have [...]
First Comes Love is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by Emily Giffin. I have a love/hate relationship with much of Ms. Giffin's work. She acknowledges that real people in the real world are irreverently flawed and she reflects these types of characters (and their frustrating choices) in her stories. For me personally, this style doesn't offer me the escape I search for in reading. Alas, I almost always enjoy books about sisters I dove in.As the synopsis indicates, a family tragedy occ [...]
3.5 stars review to followReceived from the Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a fast read for me. Perfect for the summer months or for a plane ride. It is not too heavy but does deal with grief, relationships(husband/wife, sibling, friends, etc.).The book opens with a family tragedy 15 years in the past. The book then fast forwards (15 years) to the future as we see Josie and Meredith, two sisters who are polar opposites navigating t [...]
The four stars is for the moral lesson, otherwise it is a well written story about siblings, a nice one and a judgmental bitchy one who we were supposed to also root for because the story was told from both of their point of views, but if there’s one thing that’s worse than a judgmental person, is a judgmental person with a shitty life.
I really enjoyed this book! Giffin's books have been a hit or a miss for me. Glad this was a hit. I have to say that I was engaged from beginning to end by Josie, Meredith, and the rest of the characters. Others have said the sisters were unrealistic but I beg to differ. Many themes in this novel than your usual fluff: different relationships, love, family, guilt, and survival through tragedy. Liked the Atlanta setting too. Hope her next book is just as good (or better). Favorite Quote: "t only [...]
It’s been way too long since I’ve read an Emily Giffin book. It’s her knack for exploring the complicated relationship and her cast of relatable characters that have landed her on my list of favorite authors. After so long, this book was a reminder of just how much I enjoy her writing. There’s a big part of me that wants to go back and reread some of her greats. Starting with Something Borrowed and Something Blue.This story is centered around two very different sisters - Josie and Meredi [...]
Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.Maybe I'm being generous with giving this book four stars because I'm happy that Emily Giffin has wrote a better book than that horrible The One and Only. I enjoyed this book, it's not her best like Something Borrowed and Something Blue but she's slowly recovering from the one we should not speak about again (The One and Only). Sister [...]
I'm not sure why, but couldn't really get into the story. It wasn't the flipping back and forth, I just couldn't connect. I still enjoyed it and felt that it was written well and had good character development. I just really enjoyed Something Borrowed much better
Josie and Meredith are sisters the couldn't be more opposite of each other. Josie is the elder, but makes rash decisions, likes to party, and wonders whether she should look for a sperm donor as she's entering her late thirties. Meredith, more settled with a husband and an adorable daughter Harper finds herself wanting more from her lackluster life. Tragedy strikes and their family is never the same again. Secrets are kept and resentment builds until the end of the book when everything all falls [...]
I feel the need to start this review by explaining how I managed to give this novel 4-stars when I completely disliked every character in this book. I am usually drawn to a good family drama, especially stories about siblings. So, the premise of this book was a huge selling point. Another reason that brought me to this novel was the author. I really enjoyed Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed and Something Blue, and I was already familiar with her style of writing. Indeed, I think Giffin really [...]
Josie and Meredith are sisters, but they have little in common other than the fact that they share DNA. They both, along with their parents, are trying to deal with their grief surrounding their brother's untimely death. In addition to that, Josie is an elementary school teacher and feels like she is running out of time. She wants a family of her own, but feels the tick-tick-tock of her biological clock. Plus, she still can't get over Will, her last boyfriend, who ended it with her many years ag [...]
I've been a fan of Emily Giffin's ever since I read Something Borrowed - which I know is a controversial novel - so I was very excited to read her most recent novel, since I must say that I haven't read that many books from her. I might not be part of the targeted audience for this particular novel (and I wasn't either for Something Borrowed, especially since I read it when I was about 14), but it still interested me, so when I finally got my hands on it, I couldn't resist picking it up. I wasn' [...]
Emily Giffin still is a must read author for me. First Comes Love is so good in so many ways. A great Book Club book filled with lots of important questions about life, forgiveness and love.
I can always count on Emily Griffin for an easy, engaging read, relatable, flawed characters, and realistic conflicts. The point of view alternates between Sisters Josie and Meredith. Meredith is the responsible one, a lawyer, wife and mother. She seems to have it all but isn't happy with her marriage or job. The only thing she knows for sure is that her four year old daughter is the best part of her life.Josie a couple of years older, is a first grade teacher, living with her best male friend G [...]
I won an ARC from a Giveaway.In a nutshell? Ugh. I am so sick and tired of reading about emotionally immature characters, absolute selfishishness, inability to move on after a tragic event in their lives, and fail to recognize that others do (and fault them because they have). The blame game they play, major control and inflexibility of characters. Seriously, you are in counseling for years, and you still haven't learned that if what you're doing isn't working, God forbid, should you change it? [...]
I'm sorry but, no. The narration of this book was great as always Emily Giffin is a superb storyteller. It's the plot I have a problem with, from page one to the end I just found myself shaking my head no.Someone may argue that this book is made of "real" people, in "real" situations, but I disagree. The stream of badness and drama has no end. It's like a reverse "Happily Ever After" story where everything instead of being filtered in pink positiveness is filtered in black drama. Long are gone t [...]
I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is the story of two incredibly unlikeable sisters; a shallow characterization of the relationship between two sisters after the death of their brother. Giffin shares a skeletal story of two self involved women who constantly attack one another. Both grated on my nerves. Promising storylines are introduced en fade away with little fanfare. The one between Josie and her former flame, Will, was particularly unsa [...]
DNF @ 36% boo, I am sad to have given up. I just can't see this getting any better for me and everyone should really enjoy each and every story they pick up!! In another time I probably could have stuck with it because I was at least at the point where some air of mystery was starting - the how is this really going to end part? Problem is, the content is crap I hate - the problems, the dumb lying, the old boyfriend feelings, marrying for the wrong reasons, not seeing answers that are right in fr [...]
A special thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Talented Emily Giffinreturns following (2014) The One and Only with another gripping tale FIRST COMES LOVE--the powerful bonds of family, and at the heart, being true to yourself. When you live for others, one day the bitterness will surface, and rear its ugly head. An avid fan of Giffin(having read all her books, starting with her first to the latest), of sisters, marriage, motherhood, family, sibling [...]
A raw, compelling, and emotionally honest portrait of sisterhood. With a master storyteller's easy eloquence, Giffin shines a searing spotlight on family, forgiveness, and the bonds that unite us. Hilarious and poignant by turns, this novel resonates long after finishing.
I would say it was a good read. Each chapter represents a sisters thoughts and opinions about what is currently going on in their lives.
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.I have been a fan of Emily Giffin's work for a while, so I was excited about this one. But it's hard to like a book where you despise both of the main characters. Let's start with what I did like: the setting of Atlanta. I grew up outside Atlanta so I just loved the references. My favorite was when they talked about Cracker Barrel and Meredith ordered the chicken dumplings. Yes, they are a bowl of starch as Meredith described bu [...]
This review, and many more, was originally posted on 125pages I was super excited when I heard about First Comes Love by Emily Giffin. I have all seven of her earlier books and could not wait to read this one. Then I heard she was going to be signing at BEA and I made it my mission to get a print copy to add to my bookshelf. She was gracious and kind and made a lovely comment about my candy colored hair. It is always nice to meet an author you have admired and they are more than you expecte [...]
First Comes Love is a standalone book. The genre is adult contemporary/Chick Lit.The book alternates narrators (first person) between two sisters: Josie and Meredith.When the book begins the girls are 20 and 22. But the majority of the book takes place 15 years later (when the sisters are 35 and 37).This story is about sisters, their lives, how they relate to each other, and how they cope with a tragedy that occurs in their family.The book starts with a prologue (when the women were younger). We [...]
Is zero stars an option? What about negative stars representing the time that this book owes me back. Seriously, how can someone write this book and then feel good about what they've done? Here's a summary of the characters: Meredith: this really boring thing happened and I was annoyed. Then this person said this random thing to me and I sighed and was pissed off. I feel no happiness or joy whatsoever. Everyone else was put here on this earth to bother me and I can't stand any of them. I am bett [...]
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