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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
“Tonight, I’m doing Evan Brown’s girlfriend a favour. An awkward, sweaty, fumbling favour. Melanie, or whatever her name is, owes me big time.”
This was quite an interesting story about one girl and her de-virginising service.
Mercedes seemed to have good intentions by sleeping with boys so that their first times with their girlfriends were special, but I’m not really sure that she really thought things through fully. Thinking that people would never find out was maybe a bit naïve, and not considering the position she was putting herself in was a mistake too, its not likely that girls would be happy about her sleeping with their boyfriends.
The storyline in this followed Mercedes as her list of virgins that she’d slept with grew, and her rules slipped. I disliked how she didn’t seem to want a relationship with the one guy who might be good for her, and couldn’t help but feel sorry for Zach and the way she treated him. There was also one guy who I really didn’t like.
The ending to this was okay, although I have to say that Faye and Zach’s plan was beyond ridiculous.
7 out of 10