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Publisher's Note:

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.…

First Love

by James Patterson

Overall Book Review:

James Patterson is a very well-known author, and I have read quite a few of his books. At one point I was slightly addicted to his young adult series, Maximum Ride. I read some of his stand-alone titles for adults. This was several years ago. I haven’t picked up a Patterson in a while. So when I cracked open First Love, I didn’t really have any expectations. From the dust jacket write up, I thought the book sounded interesting and might have the potential of being a book I would really like. Boy, was I wrong.

Let me just say that James Patterson is an amazing man. He gives money to bookstores, he recently spoke out against Amazon in defense of authors, and he seems like an all-around cool guy. However, I think his books are getting to be a bit commercialized though. He spits out a new one every month it seems, so that is understandable; he is running out of original ideas, most likely. It seemed that First Love was perhaps an imitation of The Fault in Our Stars. There was the love story, the disease, the living up life, but something was missing. I’m not sure what exactly. Maybe the story just didn’t feel possible?–Like it was a fable? Things happened that wouldn’t happen in real life. When I finished this book, I had the distinct feel that I had just read a sappy romance novel. It had the story, just not the substance.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  4 religious exclamations; 2 mild obscenities; 3 scatological words; 1 offensive hand gesture.

Violence/Gore:  Two teens steal several large items.

Sex/Nudity:  Teens kiss several times; sex is referred to several times, with no detail; one brief scene is described where it is implied that minors have sex.

Mature Subject Matter:

Personal crises, death, cancer.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.