Laurie Elizabeth Flynn writes contemporary fiction for young adults. Her debut, FIRSTS, is out now with Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin's Press and was nominated as a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. Her next two Young Adult thrillers will be published by Imprint (Macmillan), starting with LAST GIRL LIED TO in winter 2019. Laurie is represented by Kathleen Rushall of ABLA.
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. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.
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