Expected publication: June 28th 2016 by Ballantine Books
Format read: ARC via publisher
Meredith thought she’d done it all right - married the perfect man, had the perfect daughter - but as she grows increasingly restless, she can’t help but wonder if she got the love part wrong.
Josie has been happily single for years, but she wants a child of her own so much she’s one bad Match.com date away from heading straight for the baby carriage all on her own.
The sisters, whose relationship was strained by the tragic death of their older brother over a decade ago, find that they need each other more than they realized.
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, prologue death of their older brother. Since that point in time, Meredith has gone on to marry her deceased brother's best friend (and question every minute of that marriage), while Josie is obnoxious, and eternally obsessed with relationships and babies.
Guys, I'm going to be honest: it's been a few weeks since I've finished reading this book, and I still can't figure what the point of this book was supposed to be.
* learning how to not make impulsive decisions after grief?
* Learning not to be creepy and having a baby with your best friend, when you're flirting with another guy?
* Or was it not being a complete brat to your sibling, especially when you are a grown-ass adult?
Whatever the point of Giffin's book was supposed to be, it was lost on me in the pure drudgery of this story. Because Meredith and Josie are two deeply unlikable people, who are selfish, self-centered, and clear-cut examples of why it's healthy to get grief counseling after a traumatic event.
Honestly, between the sisters bickering like absolute brats at every possible opportunity - including a SUPER awkward family dinner, their mom's obsession with remaining connected with her deceased son's one-time girlfriend - who has clearly moved on - and Meredith and Jo generally refusing to take responsibility for their lives, I just can't recommend this book.
(Meredith LITERALLY runs away from her family at one point, because she's just so stressed. Suck it up and put on your big girl pants, damn it.)
Giffin's books have gotten ridiculous since The One & Only, and First Comes Love is increasingly making me think that the talent that shone in Something Borrowed and Something Blue was an aberration.
Final verdict: Don't bother.
About the author:
EMILY GIFFIN is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times 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, she lives with her husband and three young children.