Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Release Date: January 15th, 2013
Number of Pages: 240
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know. Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical, Uses for Boys is a story of breaking down and growing up.
Uses for Boys made me feel many things. This is definitely not a fluffy and cute book. If that’s what you are looking for, it’s not the right book for you. This book is sad; it’s heartbreaking. It’s a little dark, and it’s definitely not what I would have expected from the cover. Uses for Boys may be short, but it’s the kind of book that will stay on your mind hours after you are done.
Anna goes through so much. I felt so heartbroken for some of the things she has to live with, the way her mother is so absent from her life. This didn’t stop me from being disappointed in some of her choices, even though I could understand where she comes from. Still, her story is full of ups and downs. I have to say that it made me smile a little when I could see some changes happening within her. Anna really made her way into my heart, making me want to push all the bad people from her life, and to try to show her who the good people were.
One of the characters I really liked was Sam; the one person I felt like could make a real good influence on her. He has the family she deserved in some way, and I really liked most of their interaction. He was the one character I really wanted to see make his place in Anna’s life.
The story made its way into my heart, and I have to say I was really glad to have read it. It was a really short novel, but it is totally worth the time. It is the kind of book that you need to read once. I do have to say; the story is not for the younger audience, as there are some more mature themes that are included.
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