We meet seventeen-year-old Mercedes. Only her very good friends may call her Mercy for short. She used to like her name, until she figured out she was named after a car, the car that her dad waved from, as he drove out of her life. So absent father and barely there mother, or more like barely CARE mother.
***THERE IS LIKELY GOING TO BE SPOILERS IN THE REST OF THIS REVIEW***
As the book starts Mercedes says she's doing Evan Brown's girlfriend a favor. A favor that his girlfriend will never know about. This is not the first time she's done this favor, she's done it for over ten other girlfriends. Mercedes is "paying it forward" (her words) by sleeping with virgin boys so that they will know what to do when they sleep with their girlfriend for the first time.
I feel like this book could be dangerous. I've seen some of the reviews that feel that it's realistic. When it comes to the double standards and how often girls are slut-shamed....yes that does happen way too often and it's wrong. But I'm sorry I had a hard time with the rest of it.
I know that yes of course some teenagers are having sex and the pressure is real but this extreme? Would there be that many male virgins that are so scared of how they are going to perform that they will cheat on their girlfriends to "learn" how to be a better lover? And come on! How can a seventeen-year-old possibly know THAT much about sex. I mean yes they can know about sex but this came across like she had been doing this for years and knew exactly how to pleasure each boy differently based on their personalities. NO NO NO!
I'm not saying she's a bad person for having sex. I'm not saying she's a bad person at all. I'm not trying to shame her. High school kids are having sex BUT YOU CAN'T SLEEP WITH OTHER PEOPLE'S BOYFRIENDS AND THINK IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY AND NOT GOING TO COME OUT!
I'm very sorry she had a terrible first time, no one deserves that. I don't hate Mercedes. However, I think she needs a whole lotta couch time though. How did she think this information wouldn't get out? Because they had a girlfriend they had more to lose than her? OH COME ON! If she slept with ONE person's boyfriend it would more than likely come out.
I will say that I'm glad that the author seemed to focus quite a bit on safe-sex. No glove no love kind stuff. But I'm sorry I just can't believe that most of this is a realistic portrayal of High School and sex. Yes it's been awhile since I've been in High School but still....
I'm sure there will be a lot of people who love this book and that's okay. You have your opinion and I have mine. I just had a lot of problems with this book.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. Reply