January 5, 2016


Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
320 pages
Expected publication: January 5th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: eARC (Thank you St. Martin's Griffin!)
My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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.
Mercedes sleeps with other girls boyfriends so they can give their girlfriends a good first time. Except it wasn’t supposed to be a long time thing, but Mercedes reconciles it with herself by saying “this will be the last one” and then when another one happens she goes “ok no, for real, this is the last one”, and then some really shady guys get into the mix and her whole life begins to falls apart. 

The biggest issue I had with this book was that Mercedes was helping these guys cheat on their girlfriends. Even though she was doing it with the mindset that she was somehow “helping them” to give their girlfriends a good first time, I just couldn’t support it. The entire premise that the book is based off of is something I am completely against (cheating), but in its entirety it’s about a lot more then just sex, so don’t shy away from the book if you're against cheating because although it plays a large part of the story there is so much more to take away from Firsts. 

I really did grow to sympathize with Mercedes as the book went on. She messes up quite a lot, but she’s a pretty tough and unique character. She’s one that doesn’t slut shame and one who uses sex to empower herself. In the beginning of the book she is very distant. but she really grows as a character and you get to see her more vulnerable side as the book goes on. I also related with her love for chemistry. I'm a science geek and I definitely haven't read many main characters in contemporary novels who have a deep liking for science. 

Firsts was a book I was not expecting to love as much as I did, just based off of the premise, but I was so pleasantly surprised and even moved by it! Once I got over the cheating thing I was so immersed in Mercedes story I finished Firsts in just one sitting! 


  1. Glad you liked it! Firsts definitely had a good writing style and was an interesting read, but my problem is that it was marketed at YA, when it's not that way AT ALL. I don't know why this urks me so much, because it never used to, but maybe it's because I'm getting older and thinking about having kids of my own. Or maybe it's because I know it's marketed as YA to get more publicity, even though it shouldn't be.

  2. The only thing I am wary about when diving into this book is the cheating problem that arises with the premise of this story. But, underneath that I have heard there is much more to be discovered. I might decide to check this out this year! Great review.

  3. I've been seeing this book everywhere and am set on grabbing a copy myself. I was deterred by the synopsis too when I saw that this was about a girl who slept with other girl's boyfriends. I mean MAN what kinda mindset is this girl in? But it seems like it's become quite popular and liked, which is good!

    Lovely review, Sam! :)


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