A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
Genre – Young Adult Contemporary
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.
(Summary from GoodReads)
Initial Thoughts – I didn’t think I would like this book. After all, the main character is purposefully sleeping with boys who have girlfriends. It takes a certain skill to gain sympathy for this kind of MC, and that’s exactly what Flynn does.
Plot – ★★★★★ The plot of this book deals with so many important issues: slut-shaming, rape, double standards, divorce, and family problems. I loved every second of this book.
Characters – ★★★★★ I thought I would hate Mercedes. I mean, it shouldn’t it have been hard. But Flynn somehow managed to provoke my sympathy for this unconventional character.
Story world – ★★★★☆ The story world doesn’t have a huge part in this book. It’s rarely mentioned and could have used a little more setting.
Style – ★★★★☆ Flynn’s simple style caries the book along smoothly.
Closing Thoughts – I would highly recommend this book if you want your feelings twisted and ripped out of your heart.
(summary and cover from GoodReads)