Firsts – 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.


Hmm, this was nice.

Let’s be real: Mercy is not the most likeable protagonist. She’s angsty, she has twisted morals, and she’s spiteful for the sake of it. Somehow, I cheered her on anyway.

This book took a new approach to a popular topic. At times, it fell into the same conflicts as every other book of this nature (view spoiler), but for the most part, we get to see someone carry out her day-to-day life and move ON… in a twisted way to gain control.

Some people are too sweet for their own good. I don’t want you to get swept up by this manicpixiedreamgirl! Others are bold and fierce, but I don’t know if they’re the best role models. Neither are the meek or the twisted though. I wish we got to see more from Jillian and Tommy. Their story was a lot more interesting to me.

The parental figures here are odd, and they make me pity Mercy. This never really got resolved, unfortunately.

This story is one of someone “getting what she deserved.” Or maybe it’s one of forgiveness? I enjoyed it, but left wanting a bit more.

Related Reading

  • Easy A (2010)
  • Asking for It – Louise O’Neill
  • Dreamland – Sarah Dessen
  • Good Girls – Laura Ruby

Rating: 3.5/5


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