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First Love | [James Patterson, Emily Raymond]

First Love

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....
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, January 2014 - Inspired by James Patterson’s own young love story, First Love tells the tale of two star-crossed teenagers, Axi and Robinson, beginning in the small town of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Axi, the good girl dealt a bad hand in life, decides to leave it all behind and with the money she’s earned as top-babysitter, venture out on the road trip of a lifetime. She invites her best pal and bad boy, secret crush Robinson along for the ride, and before you know it the two become a real-life Bonnie and Clyde. As the truth behind the trip begins to emerge, the carefree pair quickly learn that even in a fast car, reality always has a way of catching up to you. Through the eyes of characters wise beyond their years, First Love hits on the awkward and tingly feelings of being young and in love, and is a refreshing reminder that life is best lived from the driver’s seat. —Regina, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

We thought we could run away from the world.

A mad adventure across the country

We thought we could escape time.

And 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....

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    DJ Midwest 03-03-14
    DJ Midwest 03-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Childish and boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I normally don't read or listen to books like this - it's been on the bestseller list for a while now so I thought I'd give it a try. Reminded me of a Jodi Picoult-style story but I was so disappointed, I couldn't even finish it. In order to make a 4 or 5 star rating the characters have to have some depth and not be cliche; I've read Judy Blume books that were more interesting than this book.


    Has First Love turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. Won't make this mistake again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lauren Fortgang’s performances?

    No thanks.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money or time!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer L. Phillips Alameda, California USA 02-21-14
    Jennifer L. Phillips Alameda, California USA 02-21-14 Member Since 2011

    Easy reader

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    "James Patterson where are you?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I got this book to listen to on a long car trip and did not really have any other option at the time or I might have turned it off. It really reminded the people in the car of a poorly written The Fault in Our Stars.


    What could James Patterson and Emily Raymond have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book seemed way too unrealistic. If they had not taken so many liberties with the crime spree it might have been a little better. Also, his parents were a little to accepting of the spontaneous return home. I'm not sure if this book was supposed to be a young adult novel or not, but it definately belongs in that category and should be marketed directly to young adults (aka teenagers).


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    Lauren Fortgang made the book tolerable. She is a talented reader.


    Do you think First Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I am not really interested in the further tales of Axi.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish James Patterson would contribute a little more of his style to some of the books he is lending his name to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 01-28-14
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Too Close To Home - Thumbs Up"

    This book hit very close to home and was very unexpected. I cant't go into detail without spoiling and I won't do that that. But, both the place and subject matter resonate. Don't read this book without a tissue handy. The formula has been done before; but the way in which the novel unfolds is rather unique and there are numerous surprises and very nice moments. It leaves your wondering and feeling. Give it a listen.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Avedis 10-15-14
    Avedis 10-15-14
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    "terrible"
    What disappointed you about First Love?

    what wasn't


    What could James Patterson and Emily Raymond have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not write it


    What character would you cut from First Love?

    all.


    Any additional comments?

    by far the worst, James Patterson has to stop putting his name on every book that comes accross his desk. I think he is maybe trying to be the "author with the most books with his name" prize, but come on...boring story that was going nowhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sbear 06-04-14
    Sbear 06-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does First Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this was an unexpected surprise in so many ways I love James Patterson love stories but this one blew me away!!


    What other book might you compare First Love to and why?

    James Patterson's love stories always move me


    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    so lovely sounds as thought she was going through this in real time


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I could have listened to this book in one day ...


    Any additional comments?

    wonderful book, love it!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tosha 05-26-14
    Tosha 05-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Little Disappointed for a JP book"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Emily Raymond and/or Lauren Fortgang?

    Yes, I am a James Patterson fan.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was real.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lauren Fortgang?

    Maybe


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably wait for the DVD


    Any additional comments?

    As a James Patterson fan I was a little disappointed with this book. It was slow, but I kept on listening because I knew eventually it would keep my interest and prove to be a great story in the end and it was.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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