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.
Reviewed by Claire
First is a unique and original story and a very enjoyable read. In first's you get to meet Mercedes and see her struggle into adulthood. After something incredibly hurtful and degrading happens to her she comes up with a plan to help others, to be more exact other girls boyfriends.
Mercedes struggles with absent parents and is crying out for attention, but she goes about it in the wrong way. By risking friendship, love and self-dignity. Mercedes will grip your heart strings, I really felt for her.
First is very well written and easy to follow, it's filled with angst and drama. I loved the fact Mercedes came to her senses and realized what was under her nose. I really looking forward to my next read by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn.