First Love by James Patterson

Posted February 10, 2014 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

So I got to thinking this morning, “What would be a good way to start this week?” My answer, “A first blog post.” But what should it be? Something lighthearted, a child’s book, inspirational? Oh wait! It’s Valentine’s week! So instantly I thought of this book. First Love is the newest romance published by James Patterson (one of my favorite authors by the way!). If you’ve never read a James Patterson romance book before, I suggest that you go do that ASAP! One of my favorites is Sundays at Tiffany’s, but this one if good too!

You will need a box of tissues. I was sobbing the last third of the book, and trust me it was not pretty!

First Love by James PattersonFirst Love by James Patterson, Emily Raymond
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on December 30, 2013
Length: 340 pages
Reviewing eBook from Amazon

An extraordinary portrait of true love that will move anyone who has a first love story of their own. Axi Moore is a "good girl": She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn't tell anyone how all 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 spontaneously invites Robinson to come with her on an impulsive 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 after the teens find themselves on the run from the police. And when Robinson suddenly collapses, Axi has to face the truth that this trip might be his last.

A remarkably moving tale very personal to James Patterson's own past, FIRST LOVE is testament to the power of first love--and how it can change the rest of your life.

He was my light, my heart, my beautiful scalawag. And I was his GG. -Axi

Oh my goodness! This book was heartbreaking to read! It had so many ups and downs that by the end I didn’t know if I should be happy or sobbing!!!!

First Love by James Patterson is a coming-of-age story about Alexandra (or Axi) Moore and her best friend Robinson running away on a cross country adventure, but it is also a story about falling in love for the first time. The story starts with Axi nervous because she is going to ask Robinson to run away with her. She just had this overwhelming urge to leave their small town of Klamuth Falls. After he agrees, they decide on a morning to leave, and here’s what she says:

I was going to miss this apartment, this town, this life, like an ex-con misses his jail cell, which is to say: Not. At. All.

Leaving Klamuth in their dust, (figuratively and literally as they just stole a Harley Davidson!!!), their adventures begin.

At first, I thought this was going to be a wonderful story about first love and first heartbreak, but this dedication by James Patterson at the beginning of the book left me apprehensive.

In the fall of 2010, I turned in the outline for First Love to my editor, but the story actually began many years before. I was in love with a woman named Jane Blanchard. One morning we were out for a walk in New York City. Seemingly out of nowhere, Jane suffered a violent seizure. She was sick with cancer for nearly two years after that, then died at a young age. Far too young. Janie, I miss your smile. I hope it lives on in this book, this love story that reminds me of our time together (though I don’t remember stealing any cars). -J.P.

I mean, really?! It reminds him of their time together…..again, very apprehensive moving forward. Then at about 40% into the book, you find out why!!! I felt like I was reading The Fault in Our Stars all over again! Sorry had a minor rant! So where was I? Oh yeah, make sure you have tissues handy when you reach that part of the book.

I felt Patterson did a good job describing the feelings of being in love for the first time: the fear, the newness, how everything is just magical. Axi and Robinson both are very relatable characters and for me I could’ve applied them to myself or any number of people I knew growing up. Axi is the good girl, she gets good grades, never steps a toe out of line. Robinson is described as the bad boy, dropped out of high school, gives a rough kind of vibe at first anyways. Isn’t there always more to the bad boy?

I also loved their adventure across our country, starting in the Redwood forest and ending up in Asheville, NC. They saw it all! Though I have to admit, I wasn’t happy with them stealing cars to get from place to place. Couldn’t they have just rode the bus? Or better yet, one of them owned a car? But that was just me, I guess I’m a good girl too! If you like romance, coming-of-age stories then you will enjoy this book! If you’ve read it, what do you think?

About Emily Raymond

Emily Raymond is the ghostwriter of numerous young adult novels, including #1 New York Times bestseller. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

About James Patterson

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and, Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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