Author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Release Date January 5, 2016
Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.
Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.
When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.
At the time of writing this review (middle of November 2015), there are already mixed reviews for Firsts. I get it. Not everyone is going to like this book. However, I did.
Mercedes is an unlikable main character. She makes some questionable decisions (read: willingly have sex with someone she doesn't want to, lie to her best friend, etc). But I understood her. I understood her reasoning and why she made the choices she did. The why behind what she does was clear to me. That understanding alone allows me to deal with the fact that she is unlikable.
While it wasn't what I went in expecting (something more light-hearted and funny, maybe?), it was definitely a good book. It exceeded my expectations. Complex characters, interesting story, and important real life issues. Of course, I devoured this book. It's exactly my kind of book.
Trigger warning: There is talk of rape by coercion and attempted rape in this book.
4 out of 5 stars
* This book was received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *