{Bieke Reviews} Firsts by Elizabeth Laurie Flynn

Posted January 6, 2016 by Bee in Reviews / 17 Comments

{Bieke Reviews} Firsts by Elizabeth Laurie Flynn


by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Published on January 5th 2016
by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

While it did not blow my mind or ripped my heart out or anything, Firsts turned out to be a pretty good and quite original YA Contemporary. It was exactly what I wanted but never exceeded my expectations.

Firsts is about Mercedes, who helps boys in getting their awkward first times over with. All she asks in return is for the first time with their girlfriends to be perfect, the kind of perfect first time Mercedes never got. But things get complicated when her best friend Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services, while Angela herself is uber-religious and wants to wait until marriage to have sex. She also didn’t count on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

The negatives for this book are kind of minor and personal to me so I’ll get them over with. I wasn’t really comfortable with Mercedes’s “services”. It felt like she encouraged guys to cheat and I don’t like that. It was really uncomfortable to me. I also felt that, at times, there was a bit too much drama and those who’ve read my reviews before, know I’m not a big fan of books that are heavy on the drama. Unless it’s really necessary for the plot, which wasn’t always the case in this book.

As for the positives, I actually really liked the plot (aside from what I mentioned before), as it felt really original. I like the realistic take on teenagers and sex in this book. It was nice change of pace and felt very fresh. Teenagers have sex and I feel like a lot of YA authors shy away from that way too much. But where this book really shined for me where most of the characters.

I loved Zach, Angela and Faye. The latter really stood out to me in the later half of the book, she was just plain awesome. Zach was so wonderful and perfect for Mercedes. I liked Angela, even though I couldn’t really relate to her points of view, but I loved that she and Mercedes were best friends even though they were complete opposites for the most part. I also really liked the main character Mercedes and how confident she was with her sexuality. But I also liked seeing her vulnerable side when her world started to crumble around her. The romance was very sweet and Mercedes and Zach are perfect for each other.

Firsts is a sweet, realistic and quite original YA Contemporary you should read when you get the chance. I recommend it to all fans of YA Contemporary books and fans of the movie Easy A, as this book reminded me of that one a lot while I was reading!


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17 responses to “{Bieke Reviews} Firsts by Elizabeth Laurie Flynn

  1. I know this one deals with controversial topics and from the sound of things I wasn’t sure about reading it. But Lekeisha is a blogger whose opinion I trust and she recommended this one to me so I am going to be reading it eventually. Great to hear your thoughts on it ^^

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  2. This book has intrigued me ever since I first found out about it. It sounds like an interesting premise and I like the way the romance between Mercedes and Zach sounds. But at the same time, I feel the same way as you about the encouragement of cheating… If I was one of the girlfriends, I would feel so hurt! I might give this a go anyway because it sounds like a fast-paced and cute contemporary.

  3. I am going to read this because I am so curious about it. I don’t get why anyone would want to use her services to give their girlfriend a better first time. I mean, seriously. It’s your first time TOGETHER, you shouldn’t be a bloody expert at it. I am really curious to read it and see how it is justified within the book. I feel like any person would rather their partner just learn as they go, rather than going to have sex with someone else first. That sounds like the weirdest thing ever haha. I do want to read this though, it sounds so intriguing and I have seen so many good reviews.

  4. I was really surprised at how much I liked this book!! ;D I’m like a BIG fantasy person so I was kinda taking a risk requesting it in the first place? But I really really liked the characters although not so much Mercedes because HELLO how did she think it wouldn’t blow up in her face?!?!? The ridiculousness of her justifying what she was doing didn’t make sense to me. *sigh* But I like how it contrasted her want for sex with Angela’s abstaining and how the book didn’t say EITHER was wrong. I thought that was really nice.

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