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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.
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!