Friday, April 11, 2014

First Love by James Patterson

Title: First Love

Author: James Patterson and Emily Raymond

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

Date Published: January 13, 2014

Genre: YA fiction, romance, contemporary, realistic fiction

Pages: 288 (hardback)

Age Range: 12+ (a character is given the finger, but no language otherwise or sexual content)


Axi Moore is a "good girl": She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn't tell anyone that what she really wants is to run away from it all. The only person she can tell is her best friend, Robinson--who she also happens to be madly in love with.

When Axi impulsively invites Robinson to come with her on an unplanned cross-country road trip, she breaks the rules for the first time in her life. But the adventure quickly turns from carefree to out-of-control...


A wonderful tale of first love. Robinson and Axi's journey is a loving and caring adventure. Their relationship is sweet and full of teasing.

After running away from K-Falls and everything there, the two friends go on a long car-stealing adventure--falling for each other along the way. They're glued to the hip throughout the whole road trip; teasing, cracking jokes, camping and sleeping in the cars they steal, singing, and their friendship developing into something more.

And then everything comes crashing down around them, and their road trip ends early.

The writing is good and simple, getting you through the chapters quickly. The plot is good, there's a nice, unexpected twist about half-way through Robinson and Axi's trip. The chapters are short--which I also liked. The characters are good. Robinson is certainly a charmer, but also an extreme teaser. Axi is cautious and, well, a good girl (but who wouldn't be edgy about stealing a car?), but loosens up along the way.

It really is a wonderful story about first love and how it can affect your life.

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