Author: Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin | 05 January 2016
Date Read: 01 January 2016
Rating: 3/5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
*ARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Griffin thru Netgalley for review*
Firsts is actually the first book that I finished reading this year. Oh and I’m writing this review on January 1st. A lot of pun there huh? 😉
On the first few pages of reading this book I was actually quite disturbed. You see, we’ve already been over and over with characters who sleeps with a lot of guys or girls and all that shenanigans but a character who sleeps with a lot of guys (who admittedly has girlfriends) and take their virginity, it’s a whole other thing right?
“They’re rookie errors, the kind most people don’t get right the first time. But that ‘s what I’m here for.”
Mercedes is your typical senior student. She excels in chemistry and is always with her best friend, Angela on prayer group. But she’s keeping a secret, a secret that only “some” guys on her high school knows about. But as what Mercy have said “who would suspect the girl who’s almost a nun?”
I’m actually in between Mercy’s character. She’s helping the guys and girls on her own way, but couldn’t she help them any other way? In a way where it would not look bad on both parties perhaps? She’s actually the type of character that I don’t really like coz she makes me question her decisions but I do get where she’s coming from. She’s the type that you will love to hate I guess.
Anyway, Mercy’s past and familial life was actually not good so as I’ve said I understand where this girl is coming from. These parts of her life are the causes on why she is doing this. Her own first time – to put it mildly – was not good. She’s a thirteen-year-old who was make believed that she is loved by the guy and was left the next day. Her parents are divorced and while she resides with her mom, it seems like her mom is more in tuned on her own shenanigans than caring for her own daughter.
The other characters – Angela, Zach and Faye are all god-given gifts to Mercy. I totally loved Angela’s innocence, Zach’s not so secret love and dedication to Mercy and Faye’s fierceness and mystery which actually add more spice to the story.
At times, the story felt too flat. I’m waiting for something to happen aside from Mercy adding up a guy on her notebook. I’m hoping for Mercy’s mom to be your typical-mom but I guess it’s a lost cause until the end. BUT, all this picked up when Mercy begins to break her rules and once what she does behind her closed bedroom door was revealed, school chaos evoked. But with the help of Mercy’s friends, things were handled. And let me tell you that what Zach and Faye did was beyond ridiculous but so funny.
The story ended up on a good note. No, not everything is all roses and rainbows but Mercy is living it one day at a time. I really liked how she opened up and kept her chin-up after all the school-intrigues. And the thing is, she learned. And she got what she really deserved – a positive one.
“It’s scary not knowing what come next. But not knowing might also is the best part.”
In all, Firsts was an okay read. It’s a one of a kind novel that tackles a very different subject and let me tell you it was handled in a very good way. It was thought provoking, might be disturbing to others but a great novel to share to every one.