by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Mercedes had a First Time that was truly horrible. Now she's determined to make the Firsts of other girls at her high school as perfect as they can be. And she does this by "tutoring" the girls' boyfriends.
Her only requirement is that her time with the boyfriend is that boyfriend's First Time.
Mercedes teaches virgin guys how to be their best.
She starts out with just a few boys and a ton of good intent. Her "sessions" include how everything from the events of the date on that night, to how to speak to their girlfriends, to how to make sure that those girlfriends have the best time possible in all ways.
In the beginning, it works as planned. The guys keep her a secret and the girls speak of their Firsts with joy.
But things get out of control and strange as more and more guys show up to ask Mercedes from help and not all of them really seem to be honest about what they want.
Things are unraveling quickly and Mercy doesn't know how to make it all just stop.
Final thoughts: This is a realistic fiction story about a girl who suffered some seriously messed up stuff in her life (at 13) and she is now trying to control her world the only way she knows how. Sex is Mercy's control and she's desperate to keep control of things. She loves chemistry because it always makes sense; humans are too difficult to predict and Mercy is really bad at human interactions. She believes that her sessions with virgin boys is honestly something good for them and their girlfriends. Her reasoning may be confusing to some, but makes sense esp. to those who have also suffered similar events in their past. This book isn't graphic about sex, but it is pretty open about it, so it's for more mature readers.
ARC Received from NetGalley