I was recently browsing through Books-a-Million and came across James Patterson’s First Love. The cover was so beautiful that I just had to pick it up. I know, I know we’re taught from birth not to judge a book by its cover but let’s get real, there’s a reason they make covers so pretty. And this one is especially pretty.
I read the first three or four pages in store and then I did something I don’t often find myself doing in this day and age of the kindle, I took the hard copy to the register and purchased the real-life book. Because, yes, I had fallen in love with it after only a couple of pages.
The rest of the novel, though not at all what I’d expected (honestly, I hadn’t even read a synopsis or ever heard of the book. I didn’t even know that James Patterson wrote stories about first loves for a YA audience – or any audience. I’d only ever known him for his other stuff, but had never read any of it.) blew me away.
Axi is a character that every girl can relate to. She’s unsure and hesitant and adventurous and confident. She’s shy and clever and scared to admit her feelings to the boy she loves. Her circumstance may have more bumps and twists than many a teenage girl experiences, but at her core, she is someone who is relatable. So much of her was me at sixteen and because of that it’s hard not to feel a since of kinship for this character and desperate will that everything works out for her.
Robinson is… He’s him. Charming, funny, attractive. He’s the boy that it was impossible not to crush on in high school and not because of his looks (though those certainly don’t hinder matters) but because he’s magnetic.
I can’t imagine two better to join on a road trip across America as they escape their realities for adventure.
I don’t often spend more than five or six dollars on a book and usually only purchase kindle editions. But like I said, I fell for this book after a mere three pages and it didn’t disappoint even once. It doesn’t matter your age, the story – the adventure, the crushing sadness, the love – makes this a wonderful read that I will forever recommend to anyone with ears to listen.