Dec 13, 2012

Trailer: Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

From Erica Lorraine Scheidt, a remarkable new talent in Young Adult literature, comes USES FOR BOYS (St. Martin’s Griffin; January 15, 2013) a hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age debut about a girl who grows up loveless and alone and, following in her mother's footsteps, begins to believe that if she gives boys what they want, they will give her what she needs.

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.


  1. I feel like I'm going to struggle with this book Hannah, I'm not sure it's the book for me! I always have trouble with characters like Anna who seek out love and affection in all the wrong places, I just want to reach in and hug them before they do something stupid and be all "YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THIS TO FIND SOMEONE WHO WANTS YOU"! I get all emotionally involved, and while that's a good thing, it's definitely a challenge for me to sit back and read as they make mistakes:(


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