To counteract Mercedes’ horrible experience, the seventeen year old helps the guys in her school with their firstOriginally posted on Just a Lil' Lost
To counteract Mercedes’ horrible experience, the seventeen year old helps the guys in her school with their first times. Getting the awkward faux pas over with with her, she only asks two things from them: their discretion and that they make their girlfriend’s first time memorable. All of it works out fine until her system starts falling apart and things start to get really complicated.
This book is certainly a unique take on a virgin story and it was actually a refreshing (albeit twisted) gender swap. In Firsts, it’s the girl who is confident (yet guarded), owning her own body and what she wants to do with it rather than the stereotypical YA depiction of a young girl’s “deflowering”. That being said, the whole setup as to why Mercedes does what she does is so self-serving, making her an intriguingly flawed character leaving everything a bit messy, to say the least.
Separate from the plenitude of guys, Mercedes is surrounded by some interesting friends, each very different from the other. I thought it was nice to show the variety of dynamics and complexities that can make up female friendships although what some of her friends consider acts of ultimate friendship may seem a bit misguided. Ridiculous scenarios aside, I really liked seeing Mercedes with her friends and how they’re there for her in their own different ways.
It does seem that the protagonist has a love/hate relationship with readers, given that what she’s doing is still cheating no matter how she positions it as “helping virgin boys with their girlfriends”. While some, including myself, took that as an interesting twist to an otherwise familiar YA narrative, I can also see how others may be turned off by Mercedes’ rationale.
As can probably be expected in a book about sex and virginity, Firsts does include language of that nature so it may not be appropriate for much younger YA readers. Pitched as being in the vein of the movie Easy A, those who liked that movie and like reading YA contemporary will also enjoy this book....more
The bestselling book gets a graphic novel treatment with Ruiz & Sampere's take on Coelho's tale about an AndaOriginally posted on Just a Lil' Lost
The bestselling book gets a graphic novel treatment with Ruiz & Sampere's take on Coelho's tale about an Andalusian shepherd boy who sells his sheep to travel to Egypt in search of a treasure buried by the Pyramids.
Yes, I've heard so much about how life changing The Alchemist is, and I am sad to admit that I have not been able to get through the novel version. So I was interested to see if the graphic novel would be different. And different, it certainly was.
The preface of the book shares that Coelho has long wanted to see his book as a graphic novel and he quickly knew that this proposal would be the one. I'm a bit surprised, as what I had known about the novel was that it was philosophical and deep, allowing readers to ponder life. Yet I found some of the illustrations both distracting and felt out of place altogether. Some of the sexual nature of the drawings (as I snapshot below) did not fit, to me, with the overall theme and message of what The Alchemist should have been. Between that and the adaptation, I felt the story a bit disjointed. At least this version has piqued my interest enough to give the written version another chance so I can see what the original story should have been like.
Some questionably sexual panels from The Alchemist graphic novel: