Review: ‘Firsts’ by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

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Review: ‘Firsts’ by Laurie Elizabeth FlynnFirsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 5th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

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Oh Mercedes..She was misguided from the very beginning. From the moment she realized she could “help” virgin boys, to romance their girlfriends when they ended up doing the deed together. A perfect system she created so boys could learn. The entire time I’m thinking it’s going to blow up in her face. It was so wrong.. And her heart might have been in the right place, but it wasn’t. I felt so much for her. I knew she was keeping something only because she would never talk about the past and you know that’s just a prelude to why she is doing something like this and thinking it’s right. I love how everyone is blaming her when in reality it’s also the boyfriend’s fault as well. Mercy gets all the backlash and the boys? Nothing. I think she did the girls all a favour because now they all see what tools their boyfriends are. Then there’s Zach who is one of the kindest boys around. Who wants nothing more than to be around her. He made me smile a lot.. Affectionate and caring! Then there’s Faye who is held a secret of her own while also becoming a good best friend.


What can I say? I like a book where the main character is on the wrong path because I can’t wait until she finally realizes the whole time what she was doing was wrong. This is that book. The one book where you’re reading from The Homewrecker’s point of view. Besides all the labels I found this to be rather heartwarming and real. True to the voice of a teenager who didn’t know any better. Who needed something like this to happen to her so she can finally realize for herself that she is worth it.


You’re going to want to read this if you liked The Duff. It has similar tendencies and I couldn’t stop laughing in the beginning. Firsts is a great debut that will definitely pull at your heart strings!


I just saw a chance to make myself useful. (32)
The one in control calls the shots, and the one in control sets the pace. Most important of all, the one in control doesn’t get hurt. (35)
I like happy endings. I can’t help it if I like when they end up together. (119)
Monogamy, the ultimate bookend. (127)
People don’t have a standard reaction. People aren’t a chemistry experiment you can tinker with until the proportions are just right. (142)
I was never good at doing what people tell me. (233)
Some lucky guy will be very happy to be your boyfriend. And he will respect you and never pressure you, because that’s what love is. He’ll want to be around you all the time. And nothing you do will make him leave, no matter how many times you push him away. (306)
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. (306)

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1 Comment

  1. Sophia Rose

    January 21, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    This would be a tough book to read. I already feel sorry for her and see trouble coming a mile away. Glad it engaged you.
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