Laurie Elizabeth Flynn - FirstsPublished: January 5, 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
A bit of a saucy cover, though, wouldn't ya think?
This is, by far, one of the best YAs I've ever read. Mercedes has literally done God's work for these virgins. She has a literal open-door policy, wanting only to rid a boy of his sacredness to make sure he doesn't outright humiliate himself in front of his actual girlfriend later. Mercedes has a lovely cast of friends, including a sweet, crazy-religious chick named Angela, who is ironically saving herself till marriage and chastises anyone who uses "God" in a sentence, a babe named Zach who hopes to have something more with her, and a sweet jellybean named Faye.
But when flukes develop in Mercedes's system, she struggles to find a way to simultaneously revive her reputation and keep her heart intact, especially when her whole world is seemingly swirling down the drain.
Really, the book is glorious. It's laugh-out-loud funny, streaming with life-lessons, and an all-around ball. The aspect of slutshaming is perfected to a tee. And if I didn't say already, Mercedes's friends are flawless. I repeat: flawless. Also, boys are the bigger gossipers. Myth debunked.
Like I said, a phenomenal debut. A definite recommend. Check it out, cuties!