Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: First Love by James Patterson

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.

–Back cover blurb of First Love by James Patterson

I bought this book without reading the blurb, which doesn’t happen…ever. The cover is gorgeous, and as I flipped through it, I saw that there were pictures, which caught my attention. So I bought it, and I was not disappointed.

Since I didn’t know what the book was about, I had literally NO idea what was going to happen. As you can probably tell from the blurb, the book starts out happy and pretty carefree. They are just on a road trip. Yeah, they do some illegal things, but nothing that could ruin their lives; until halfway through. Not only have they done something that could completely change their lives for the worst, but Robinson…. Something is definitely wrong with him. He’s very sick. All of this was a surprise to me, so the book was captivating and heartbreaking. I may be a little biased because I didn’t read the blurb, but I think that most people would agree with me.

The writing style was fast paced and easy to follow. I personally like short chapters, so the couple-paged chapters were a big plus for me. It made the book seem like it went a lot faster, in a good way, but this, of course, is a personal preference. Overall, the writing style was simple but great.

The plot was quick-paced, original, and the book was hard to put down. I never knew what was going to happen next. At times though, it did seem pretty unrealistic.

I feel like the best part of the book was the characters. Both Axi and Robinson had unique, likeable personalities, that draw one in and make them feel like they’re part of the story too. Both were people that I wouldn’t mind meeting or being friends with in real life.

I would give this book 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Published by Natalie Noel

Natalie Noel

Natalie Noel is a high school student who loves writing almost as much as she loves reading. She learned to read at a young age, and even before she could write she would tell stories and have her parents write down what she would say. Since then she has had two short stories published in Starsongs magazine and has read more books than she can count. Besides reading and writing Natalie enjoys music, theatre, spending time with friends, and giving her giant cat Sassy the attention she demands.

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