First Love

  • by James Patterson, Emily Raymond
  • Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
  • 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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....

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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

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

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!

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- DJ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio