By Jensen Argyle
From the author of Something Borrowed and Something Blue comes a new novel, First Comes Love. This latest novel focuses on two sisters and how they are dealing with the death of their brother fifteen years later. The sisters have a strained relationship and are complete opposites. Josie is single, a first grade teacher, and has a string of men from her past who she still obsesses over. Meredith is married, a lawyer, and an OCD mother. Their biggest difference though is in how they deal with the death of their beloved brother. Their misunderstandings and incapability of seeing eye to eye make for a very interesting relationship dynamic. Emily Giffin is queen at writing about complex relationships, and she successfully masters this in writing this difficult sisterly relationship.
The book starts out with Josie. Josie has an interesting, casual voice. Her POV reads like a blog entry, and she definitely has enough wit and spunk to keep the reader engaged. I loved reading her thoughts about being a first grade teacher and her inner monologues where she tells the reader what she really thinks behind what she actually says. I thought it gave great insight into her character. I also loved when she shared her obsessiveness over past flames, as it felt so crazily relatable and genuine. How many of us don’t obsess over our exes and what they are doing now?
Meredith has a much dryer voice. She is methodical and that clearly shows as she tells her side of things. Don’t get me wrong though, she has enough sass to make the reader laugh as well. Her insights on her sister are especially interesting, because seeing Josie through Meredith’s eyes gives the reader a completely different perspective of Josie and it’s hard to read her the same when you are in Josie’s head. This feels very authentic, and I love how it reflects the fact that we all have different perspectives and depending on whose eyes you are looking through, you will see things in a different way.
Overall, I really enjoyed Giffin’s writing. This was my first time reading an Emily Giffin novel, and I was pleasantly surprised by her wit, casualness, and easy ability to grab the reader. This is definitely the perfect novel for a warm summer day lounging by the pool.
Check it out June 28th. And as always, happy reading!
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