Tuesday 26 January 2016
Book review - Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
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.
(I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review)
I didn't think I'd enjoy this as much as I have but I really liked it!
Mercedes is a seventeen year old with a mission - she's out to help virgins master their first times so that they can give the perfect first times to their respective girlfriends.
Now, did that sound a bit wrong? I mean why did Mercedes think that was a good idea? Why would the virgins think they're actually doing their girlfriends a favour by first sleeping with Mercedes? How would Mercedes even know if a boy really was a virgin or not?
All of these questions ran through my mind while reading this book but I didn't care, it was just too entertaining!
Apart from sleeping with the virgins, Mercedes has a regular boy in her life - Zach aka Chemistry Partner or Wednesday Friend. Every Wednesday lunchtime is reserved for Zach but they're nothing more than that. Zach wanted to make Mercedes his girlfriend but she refused. She knew Zach deserved better...
Something drastic happened and now the whole school knows about Mercedes and her sleeping with the virgins. She became the most hated person in the school and she felt like she's lost everything.
She was saved by one of her best friends Faye and Zach. It didn't make things go away but they gradually became whispers in the hallways instead of outright insults in her face.
I've always loved a happy ending and would you believe it but Mercedes and Zach got together in the end! :)
Goodreads link to Firsts
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