Goodreads Rating: 3.81 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publishing Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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.
Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this book. It’s well written, daring, thought provoking and one of a kind story that we don’t usually see in a young adult book. For a YA novel, it is a little mature. I don’t really mind sex in YA but with the issues tackled here, you must keep an open mind about it.
Mercedes / Mercy offers to have sex with virgin guys. She teaches them what to do or not to do on sex so that these guys can give their girlfriends a pleasurable, flawless first time. If you’re going to think about it? It’s very unusual. She has good intentions of helping them and doesn’t want those girls to experience what she’d been experience. Certainly her actions are wrong, ridiculous and stupid.
However, I was eager to know the story behind all of it. Which makes me understand her more. She definitely has family issues. Still, there are consequences she had to face and learned her lessons in a hard way. Overall, it is a great debut novel.