by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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.
First line: In the happy times, in the tell-me-again times, when I'm seven and there are no stepbrothers and it's before the stepfathers, my mom lets me sleep in her bed.
I picked up this book because when I saw the cover, I thought this is a mushy swoony love story. Boy, was I wrong. Although Uses For Boys is a YA novel, it's intended for more mature teens. This is not a happy book.
I was confused. I was wondering the whole time where the story is heading. Nothing made sense to me. All I understood was Anna was somehow neglected by her mother and she sought love and affection from the boys she slept with. And there were a lot of sex. With different boys. As much as I would like to understand this book, I couldn't. I felt like I just couldn't grasp the story. I couldn't sympathize with Anna or any of the other characters. It's sad because I've seen great reviews about this book but I guess it's just not for me.