Sunday, March 24, 2013
Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
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 was a great debut novel. I liked how gracefully the author dealt with tough topics, such as rape and abortion. I do have one problem with the book. Uses for Boys is classified as a young adult novel. Personally, I think the book should be classified as a new adult novel. The book touches on quite a few sensitive topics and has a lot of descriptive sex scenes in it. I liked how fashion inadvertently plays a big role in the book. Toy and Anna only met because they have the same sense of style. Em idolizes Anna because of her fashion taste. I didn’t really care for most of the characters. Anna and Sam were the only two that I enjoyed. Anna's other boyfriends were complete jerks. Anna's mom was an irresponsible parent. Something seemed off about Toy. I predicted what it was before the book revealed it. I really like Uses for Boys. I will definitely re-read it sometime in the near future.
I give Uses for Boys: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.