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Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
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Oct 15, 2012

really liked it
Read from October 15 to 19, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Rating: somewhere between 3.5 and 4

Just a little heads up, Erica's writing style is a little different, slightly fragmented/choppy. You have to be able to embrace and/or ignore the style and dive below it to the story hidden within.

This is the heartbreaking story of Anna.
It follows her from the ages of seven to sixteen.
She begins her life happy and the center of her moms world. Then by the time she's eight her mom has a new obsession- bagging the perfect man, and essentially abandons her. No more stories or cuddle time, just excuses and quick good-byes.
By the time she reaches her teens she's a lonely outcast with no friends who starts accepting any attention from boys as long as it makes her feel something. It begins with a troubling encounter with three male classmates on the school bus and progresses to drunken one night stands and a rape.
She reaches a very low point, and decides to change her life.
Her life starts getting better when she meets Sam and his family. He is just a genuinely nice guy, who cares so much for Anna.
By the end of the book you get the feeling that positive things are coming for Anna and she'll make a good life for herself.

Thank you to St. Martin's and Netgalley for the ARC!

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Reading Progress

14.0% "Holy crap her childhood is depressing. Also the way this is written is throwing me off."
25.0% "Jeeeeezus will the sad as fuckness stop ever?!"

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