Sunday, 6 September 2015
Firsts - Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
"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." - Goodreads
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book will be published on the 5th January 2016.
I'm not too sure what to say about this apart from the main character was completely stupid and it really got on my nerves. But at times, she did remind me of me (no, not the promiscuity of it all, just her 'do what you want and don't give a **** what anyone thinks' mentality). She made a lot of poor decisions and I definitely think half of them were completely unnecessary.
I think the biggest thing for me about this book was that it was really hard to relate to her. She had a super unconventional home-life, so I guess it's understandable for her to do what she did but other things weren't so easy to understand, and it was frustrating as hell.
I can't say that I didn't love the whole point of this book, because I did love it. I kind of think it's good for younger readers to understand what is likely to happen if you do sleep around, but at least she always used condoms? Promoting safe sex or just promoting underage sex? That's a question for another day. I wasn't too bothered with that, for me (in the UK) I've always known the legal age to have sex as 16 so it didn't seem like much of an issue to me.
The biggest thing that completely pushed me over the edge, when it came to my thoughts about rating this book was something that happend towards the end which was completely unrealistic. I cannot stress enough the amount of evils, sighing and eyerolling I did when I read it. In no school ever, in the world, would this have happened. (Okay, maybe some schools, but it's definitely not a common thing, or a realistic thing). If anything, you guys should read this book just to find out what it is because I just can't understand the reasoning behind it. For the record, trying to fix things by doing something else that's also fundamentally wrong, isn't going to help the matters any further, and in this book... it did and that's probably not the best message to be sending out to young people.
But I loved the characters. Zach was like, my dream dream guy. I wanted to put him in my pocket and take him away with me, and I felt so so bad for him with everything that happened - but I loved the love he had for our MC, Mercedes.
Faye. I wanted there to be romance with Faye and Mercedes. I just felt like they had such a strong connection, so much chemistry with eachother. But nope. Maybe next time.
A few of the characters, I didn't really understand (looking at you, Angela and ... omg I forgot his name!?!?! *SORRY* Angela's boyfriend).
Overall, I didn't think this was a bad book... okay maybe a little bad- but in a good sort of way? It had a 'Mean Girls' vibe to it, which I liked - sort of a guilty pleasure. Who doesn't love Mean Girls? I would still read books similar to this, but if you're looking for a good book- this probably isn't it. It's entertaining, and it's funny in a 'what the hell is going on' kind of way. I rated this book 3* on Goodreads.
*Ps. I also thought it was so funny that Mercedes was named after her Dad's car (a Mercedes, obviously) and then he just up and left. It's like 'God I love my car so much, just name the kid after it' *takes the wrong Mercedes with him when he leaves* oops.
*Pps: I would love a sequel - which would involve some LGBT characters. Pretty please?