Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 240 Pages
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
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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.
“I belong here, I tell Toy. I'm hungry for every city block. Every brick building. Every crowded intersection. Electric. I feel brand new.” - Anna
Raw, heart-breaking, emotional. Uses for Boys is a book that will seep all the way down to your core. It bares all. There is not one sugar-coated moment. It is raw and exposed.
I couldn't put this book down. I was wrapped up and pulled into Anna's world. The only deceiving thing about this novel is it's length. At 240 pages you are thinking it is going to be a light read. Wrong. It is not a light read at all. It is extremely heavy and will test your emotions. You will get mad(so mad) and you will cry(A lot!). My heart utterly broke for Anna. I wanted to befriend her, embrace her, protect her. Yes, she was making some bad choices and bad decisions, but from 13-16, she had very minimal guidance. She was searching for, craving love, affection. To be wanted.
While reading Uses for Boys I couldn't help be reflect on my own life and upbringing. Things can be taken for granted so easily. I was so fortunate to have a loving family and warm upbringing. Although Anna is a character in a book, that does not mean that this story is fictional. In fact, this life is very true for many girls and young women out there!
This was by no means an easy, light read but it was one that I devoured. It's dark and haunting and Anna's story truly holds you captive. You will not be able to put this book down! It's books like Uses For Boys that need to be read my young women out there, to let them know they are not alone, or to have someone or something to relate too.
A stunning, brilliantly written story that will bring out every emotion inside you. Uses for Boys is a must read!
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