Sunday, December 20, 2015

Book Review: Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

       Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

My Rating:  4.25 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 didn't think I was going to like this book. The premise just made it sound like the type of book I'd want to avoid. However, I found this to be a very interesting read. I felt sorry for the main character even though she did some messed up things. Mercedes was such a flawed character with so many issues that parts of the book were hard to read. I didn't like certain things Mercedes did (having sex with virgins so that they could learn how to give their girlfriends the perfect first time--what?!, treating Zach like crap most of the time, acting like what she was doing was okay and perfectly normal...yeah, she definitely needed some therapy. 

I started to feel for Mercedes when I learned more about her f'd up past and her horrible family life. Her mom is barely around, her dad took off, her first time was horrendous (Luke should seriously be in jail), and she just wanted to feel some sense of power in her life. Of course, sleeping around with all the boys in school was not the best way to feel powerful but people don't always make the best decisions. I think Mercedes grew up a lot by the end and I'm glad she ended up with the person who really cared about her.  

I enjoyed reading this and I look forward to reading the next book from Laurie Elizabeth Flynn.

*I received this e-book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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