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 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 own reputation -and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s Firsts is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.
From the get go, Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is a moving page turner in which readers, young adult or older, will appreciate. With adult themes, readers will be immersed in world of teenage sexuality and coming of age.
At Milton High, I’m my own statistic. People fail to see the great equalizer, the one thing the band geeks, the drama nerds, the jocks, and the preppies all have in common. Me – Mercedes Ayres. The girl who took their virginity.
While the character of Mercedes is a little bit of a philanthropist, she’s a character in which you can’t help but feel for. The story of her life and unravelling of her tale is interesting and well through out the novel. She has depth and substance, something that the modern-day youth can relate to. Her friends in the novel, Zach, Angela and Faye are unique in themselves and help the story, and Mercedes, dazzle.
My system only works because it is a system, a routine with an order to it. My system has rules, and I just broke a big one.
The novel addresses several serious themes: childhood pregnancy, involuntary sexual recordings and sexual abuse. These themes are varied across the text, with each being addressed delicately and perfectly. While many of the traditional issues in Firsts are tackled delicately, it also covers a lot of more recent issues. For example, the idea of revenge porn, and shooting a sex tape to save a friend are only issues that can have rolled around in the age of technology.
I’m so used to planning for guys, dressing and undressing for them and trying to morph myself into their dream girl . . . I don’t really know where that girl ends and the real me begins.
Flynn’s writing style is fluid and impeccable. An amazingly big thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin publishing house for the chance to read this novel before release. 5 out of 5 snowflakes!
Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.
Karen @ Teen Librarian Tool Box says “To be honest, I was turned off of this book in the first few pages.”
Brandi @ Hypable says “It was hard to watch Mercedes’ world spiral out of control, but seeing what happened as a result was well worth reading about all the difficulties.
Nicay @ The Nerdy Side of a Queen says “I just want it more! But, I guess I still liked it what it is.”
❤ Laurie Elizabeth Flynn ❤
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn writes contemporary fiction for young adults. Her debut, Firsts, is out now and was nominated as a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. She is also the author of a series of short stories, The Boys Tell All, which is a featured series on Wattpad and has surpassed 350,000 reads.
Laurie now lives in London, Ontario with her husband Steve, and the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua, Abby.
@laurellizabeth | http://www.laurieelizabethflynn.com