Sunday 5 April 2015

Book ~ "First Love" (2013) James Patterson and Emily Raymond

From Goodreads ~ 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. 

Axi is 16 and needs a break from her homelife ... her father is an alcoholic and her mother took off when her younger sister died a few years ago.  She plans on running away and asks her best friend, Robinson, to go with her.  They head off across the U.S. using "borrowed" cars, motorcycles and trucks,  Axi sees Robinson as more than just a best friend and hopes that he loves her as much as she loves him.

I enjoyed the writing style and it went at a good pace. I liked the short snappy chapters. It was written in first person perspective from Axi's point of view.  Because of her young age (Axi and Robinson are in their late teens), Axi went on a lot about her love for Robinson which I think teen readers will relate to but a more mature reader would find a bit much.  It was a bit farfetched in some of the things they were able to do and get away with but I just went with it.

I liked Axi and Robinson ... Robinson had more of a carefree nature and was able to convince Axi to chill out and enjoy life.

I thought it was an okay story and would recommend it for teens and older.

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