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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book Review: First Love by James Patterson

"First Love" by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

  • 288 pages, published by Little, Brown and Company (January 13, 2014)
Review by: Shelli Harrel, Children's Librarian

From James Patterson website:
An extraordinary portrait of true love that will move anyone who has a first love story of their own. A remarkably moving tale very personal to James Patterson's own past, "First Love" is a testament to the power of first love - and how it can change the rest of your life.

Shelli's review:
Since February is a month celebrating love, and this book was on a best seller list, I thought that I would give it a try. While I have not read any of James Patterson’s mysteries, I have read one of his other books, entitled Sundays at Tiffany's and thoroughly enjoyed it. First Love is a relatively short book compared to other works by this author, but nonetheless, an interesting read.
The story centers around a young, teenage girl named Axi, who from all perspectives has always been a “good girl”. She keeps up with her studies and rarely goes against the rules. Everything changes one day when she misses school and invites her best friend and resident “bad boy”, Robinson to accompany her on a cross country trip. Things quickly take a turn for the unexpected as Robinson pushes Axi to “live dangerously” and starts off their trip by stealing their transportation instead of taking the bus. Axi is soon forced to shed her “good girl” persona as each turn in their road trip brings exciting new adventures and challenges.
As the story progresses, we learn more about what has drawn these two characters together. Although they come from different backgrounds, they have shared a common experience and both battled challenges that forever altered their childhood. By the middle of the story, Axi and Robinson’s relationship begins to shift from friendship to something more. Throughout their crazy, challenging, and sometimes “law breaking” experiences, they learn lessons about life and each other that truly give meaning to their journey.
First Loveis a good story that reminds the reader to live each day with purpose and passion. In spite of the fact that it is written for young adults, this book is an interesting read for adults as well. I enjoyed reading it and would encourage other readers to give it a try. It takes you on a journey and reminds us how the experiences we share and the connections we make, can impact our lives.

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