Thursday, January 3, 2013

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date:  January 15, 2013
Pages:  240
ISBN# 978-1250007117

I received this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Anna has grown up with a single mom, whose always looking for the next man, the one that will give her everything.  She leaves Anna alone for days, even weeks, while she pursues men.  Anna ends up using boys to find her own self-worth.

The writing is a bit hard to follow, it's choppy, but I think it's meant to be stream of consciousness.  At least that's what I'm hoping, otherwise I'm just confused.

There isn't any one character that I found likable, except maybe Sam's mom.  There weren't really any 'good' sides shown, just stark bleak events.  The premise is really great, but I wouldn't recommend it to teens, maybe to parents who are behaving badly as a cautionary tale of how they're affecting their children. 

This one is for older teens who have a good understanding of psychology - that's the way I'm seeing it.

1 comment:

  1. Yikes... Well on the plus side, it has a great title and intriguing cover. Perhaps other readers will feel differently.