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 remarkably moving tale with its origins in 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.
Series: First Love
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (January 13, 2014)
Since my internet has been out for a few days I took the privilege in reading this book at my own, slow, enjoyable pace. Because that is what this book deserves, to be read slowly and absorbed like a sponge. It wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to do, especially when all I wanted to do was read it all in one instant so I could see what would happen next without having to wait any. First Love is a contemporary young adult romance that ties a great deal into the authors own past. Knowing that his past had a great deal to do with this particular story being written is one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book, and agreed to do so for the publisher, free, in exchange for my honest review of it. Not only that but I have always wanted to try James Patterson’s work but have never been able to get my hands on one of his books.
One thing that everyone should remember when picking up this book is the fact that it ties into the authors past. If you don’t skip ahead of the introduction note from Patterson in the beginning of this book you will get a big clue as to what will happen some time during this story of his. Which is why I went from being totally pissed about one of the characters surprising us with the news of having cancer to total sadness and acceptance. You can’t read his introduction letter about how his first love had had cancer and then expect a story that is inspired by that love story to not have a cancer twist in it. If you do then you are the one setting yourself up for a big disappointment, not the author. As one of the main characters in First Love says, you can’t have a good story with just the good parts. It all has to be in there, the good and the bad, or else it’s not a real story. And while I am one of those who refuse to read anything remotely sad and that has characters getting extremely sick and possibly dying I will be adding this book onto my bookshelf to re-read later. Simply because it is too amazing not to. Even with all the bad mixed in.
Romantic, funny, heartbreaking. First Love is a love story for the ages. One that I myself can sadly relate to in some ways. I will have to say that I believe Mr. Patterson has given Mr. Sparks a run for his money and seriously hope that this will be turned into a movie someday. Be warned though, you might want to keep some tissues close by… and some ice cream.