James Patterson is known for his mystery and adult-fiction novels. Patterson is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. Normally he doesn’t tackle young-adult books, but he co-authored one with Emily Raymond called “First Love.”
The book is about good girl Axi, who decides to run away with her best friend Robinson. She has a big secret she wants to tell him, but can’t seem to find the courage to say it. They go on a wild adventure stealing cars and driving all across the country. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good road trip book, and learning about new places and the characters in the book finding them in some dive bar in Mississippi.
With “First Love,” however, this was not the case. The language in the book seemed a little juvenile for the intended audience. While I am 21-years-old, I would still consider myself a young-adult. Even though their road trip had a bunch of surprises and bumps along the way, it left me wanting more.
Throughout the book there were moments when I thought, “Oh no, don’t let this happen, this can’t happen.” Other times I thought, “Why is this necessary to the book?” I think as an avid reader, I judge books a little more harshly than other readers, but in this care this book was more lackluster than I expected.
I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.