Sunday, December 27, 2015

First Love-A Book Review



                                    Overview from Barnes and Nobel

We thought we could run away from the worldA mad adventure across the countryWe thought we could escape timeAnd for a while--we did...Axi Moore is a "good girl": She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn't tell anyone that what 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 impulsively invites Robinson to come with her on an unplanned 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...A remarkably moving tale with its origins in 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.





I have enjoyed James Patterson books for many years. He often writes thrillers. About murder. And Alex Cross, one of my favorite fictional detectives. But this book isn't about anything like that. This book is a love story. About two teenagers. And it is taken from a part of James Patterson's life. When he had a girlfriend whose life ended long before it was time. And he loved her. He dedicated the story to her.

I have seen Fault in Our Stars, the movie. I thought this book was much like that movie.  Such a tender, funny, sweet story that will make you cry like a baby at the end. Or at least it made me cry.

"I know there is a part of me missing. It's as if the doctors had sliced something essential out. A vital part that I was sure I needed to keep me breathing. Not just existing. Even now, sometimes, I hear his laughter, and for a moment my heart lifts. But when I turn my head to look, it's never him. It's the wind, or the call of a bird, or the hallucination of my own mad dream."


Another 4 star **** book!!



10 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book; definitely will want to read it soon :)

    betty

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  2. Paula, you're brave in your book choices. I miss many wonderful reads because I've become so fearful of sadness happening in the book. Thanks for the review - maybe in 2016 I will get a bit braver.

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    1. I don't usually censor out the sad books. But I do try to avoid the really "gory" scary books. I read the first chapter of Silence of the Lamb and knew that I wouldn't be able to make it to the end so I just quit. But a good sad book allows me to feel some of the feelings that I might be trying to avoid!

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  3. I am a James Patterson fan as well. I am anxious to check out a new genre written by him.

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    1. He wrote this with another person. I am going to think that she probably did most of the writing. It is no way his style!

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  4. I used to enjoy JP's books all the time; and can't quite recall why I moved on? Your last paragraph (quote) just grabbed at my heartstrings.

    Knock wood(!) now I've a tablet and joined Goodreads, I can get with the program again!

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    1. How exciting that you got a tablet!!!! What kind? Can't wait for you to start sharing some of the books you like! Yes, I was happy to see you on Goodreads!!

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    2. Thanks, Paula! After seeing son, DIL and both g'girls w/ their iPad Airs, Tom asked me if that's what I wanted. But, being a total technophobe, I opted for Amazon's Fire HD 10.... I call it my 'training wheels'!

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    3. My granddaughter Paige has the Kindle Fire. She loves it!

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