Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
☕☕☕ 3 of 5 cups (For its bold approach in tackling sexual exploration in today's modern teenage society in a setting that is much friendlier than reality)
Firsts pushes a lot of boundaries for the reader. Told in the first person POV, it's a well written story about a young woman who seems well put together but deep down readers will know that something is pushing her to be in control even though its in the realm of sexual exploration. Mercy is a character you will either love, hate or empathise with. What you won't be is indifferent. Social issues are also kind of discussed here especially with regards to how men and women's behaviour are judged quite differently. But most especially this book teaches about forgiveness of oneself and of others.
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