ARC Review: Firsts

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin


High school senior Mercedes Ayres mission is simple. She wants to make sure the girls at her school have a better first time than she did. In order to achieve that mission, Mercedes lets those girls’ fumbling boyfriends prepare themselves for sex by doing it first with her. At least that way she can give them the instructions they so desperately need to make their girlfriends’ first times special.

It’s been pretty easy to keep her mission a secret so far. The guys know that in order to lose their virginity with her, discretion is important. Not even Mercedes own mom or religious best friend know what’s going on in her bedroom.

But Merecedes’ secret might not be as secret as she thought. When Angela’s boyfriend comes knocking on Mercedes’ door, she knows she’s going to have to make some choices. Those choices may expose her little project and ruin the image she has worked so hard to build. Will Mercedes have the strength she needs to not only repair her reputation but to admit she might actually have feelings for the one guy who’s always wanted more?

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Firsts was a tough book for me to read. While the storyline sounds new and fun, it wasn’t fun to read most of the time. It was actually kind of depressing. There were so many tough issues going on in this book.

I felt bad for Mercedes. Her parents sucked and she had no support system. She was so busying trying to hide who she really was and what she was doing that even her so-called best friend didn’t really know her.

When things started to take a turn for the (even) worse for Mercedes, the story became uncomfortable for me to read. I honestly considered putting the book down and marking it DNF. I know what happened to Mercedes happens to people all the time in real life, but it didn’t make it any easier to read.

I also think the author could have done a little bit more with the story to deal with the reasons behind Mercedes’ quest. I felt like I was told why she did what she did but there wasn’t any resolution to the reasons.

So, obviously, this book wasn’t my favorite. BUT I do think it was well written and would be a good book for teenagers to read. It does a great job at getting across the point that anything that is written down (even if it’s private and hidden) can find its way to the public. Same with anything that’s said or done. You never know if someone is recording your actions. With technology, you can’t be 100% sure anything is private.

**I received an electronic copy of First from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 thoughts on “ARC Review: Firsts”

  1. I almost didn’t want to read your review on this one because I’m so excited to read the book, so I’ve been debating on it! But I love your reviews so I had to see what you thought!

    This book does sound fun, but you’re right – the subject matter in question could make for a depressing book. It seems like it has a really great message though, which could be great for older teens to read like you pointed out.

    As always, great review!

    1. I saw your post that you wanted to read it. I didn’t comment because I didn’t want to influence you! I’ll simplify it this way. Mercedes is a train wreck. She’s a horrible, horrible person no matter what way she excuses herself. But the book itself wasn’t necessarily bad. I just don’t like to feel uncomfortable all the time. This book made me feel that way. It has high Goodreads ratings, so other people obviously really liked it. Maybe you’ll love it. I got it from NetGalley, so that would be a good way to read it if you’re interested.

  2. Oooh, our ratings are actually exactly the same for this book! I just had it on my TTT mostly because I have no other book to mention, haha.

    I never thought about DNF-ing it and picked out different themes from it, but I agree that there wasn’t any real resolution. I also took issue with the fact that what the boys are doing with Mercedes is cheating, but it never was called out or explicitly phrased that way… which is problematic in my opinion. 😛

    1. Haha! Really? That’s funny. I totally agree with the double standard thing. 🙂

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