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.
Author: Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Format: eARC on Kindle
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
First off, I would just like to mention this is the first book I have done a proper review for from Netgalley, and I just want to thank St. Martin’s Griffin from giving me the opportunity to read this book!
Firstly, I found the start of this book to be a little slow. It wasn’t a bad part, it just felt like a description of Mercedes having sex with multiple guys, and saying each one would be her last. Also, I’m kinda glad Mercedes was able to admit to herself that she wasn’t just having sex with them for their benefit, because it was easy to tell she wanted it too.
I’m not entirely sure how to write this review properly without giving away much of the plot of the book, but I think it was easy to presume what w0uld happen to Mercedes system right from the start of the book, however I didn’t think he would be the one to do it. I thought Mercedes must be pretty naive to not even consider the system would fall apart at some point, and before she started she should’ve considered the consequences of what would happen if people found out. However, I still wasn’t expecting exactly what happened.
It was quite annoying that Mercedes wouldn’t admit to herself that she wanted to be with Zach, and when she became annoyed with Freya I found myself getting annoyed, because it wasn’t fair for her to lead Zach on and then expect him to just wait around.
I could comment on so many different areas of this book but it would ruin what happened overall, so I think it’s time to stop. The final thing I want to say is that I’m kind of disappointed that Freya and Mercedes didn’t happen. Overall though, I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely buy it when it is released.