Book Review: Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

23480844Read On: 17th January 2016

I loved this book. It’s different and realistic at the same time. I really loved how real it was. And the character depth was astonishing.

Here is the Goodreads Blurb:

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 is a strong character. I don’t necessary agree with what she was doing but I understood it because first times can be awful especially if you both are virgins. But in saying that, this book is sort at the top of YA, it could even be classed as NA. Just because of the content.

But I feel the story is more about shamming and double standards. And seeing a person for who they are and not what you are told.

The characterization is strong that Mercedes is very real. I get Mercedes and understand her, which is what every book should be like.

Flynn is a great character. He is there but in the back ground. I could see his feelings for Mercedes and I thought he was perfect for Mercedes even though she couldn’t see it. I was sad for it. But I was wrong. Mercedes had feelings for him she was just not facing them. She was stuck.

Writing/World Building

I take my hat off to the author because this was written very well. Strong in feelings like anger, sadness, and sympathy. It was a great reading with hidden depth. 


I couldn’t put it down because I loved it.  I can’t wait to read more from this author. 


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