Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: January 5, 2016
***Received ARC from author through a Twitter Giveaway***
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: This book takes risks! Centering around a topic I have not seen much of in YA, it was a great read.
Mercy is fierce and unconventional, but overall a sympathetic and sincere main character. After a bad “first-time” with a long-gone boyfriend, she uses sex to set things right. Not only to feel in control and prevent herself from getting hurt again, but to help others.
However with that, she finds it difficult to form and develop relationships and find herself in all this.
Laurie does a great job with writing complex and realistic relationships (Family/Friends/Romantic).
Through Mercy’s eyes, we see how she handles relationships with her parents, Zach, Faye, and Angela. And as the book progresses, we see how her “open-door policy” causes her to reveal the depth and strength in these relationships she struggles with!
I did feel at times the book’s pacing was quite slow and the story seemed to drag at some points, but overall every other part of this book was great!
This book brings light to many topics that aren’t normally talked about in YA, such as virginity and pressures to have sex. But also shows themes of family and friendship that are prevalent all throughout.
This brave, fierce and honest debut will stay with you long after its over!
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