Uses for Boys
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.
So, here’s what I expected from synopsis: heartbreakingly real story about a Girl with lots of issues she has to solve. I expected this to be intense, but gripping and awesome…
So. No. What. I. Hoped
I rarely start a review with pointing out what didn’t work for me, yet here I have no other choice. Right away, when I started reading I was shocked about the first few scenes. Actually, I was shocked and utterly disturbed. But. I had my hopes still up that with more pages I’d start getting into the story and connect with Anna. Sadly, this was not the case and even though I ended up finishing the book it was definitely not my cup of tea.
Anna – broken, confused, disturbing
Anna definitely didn’t had it easy with her mom who left Anna alone fighting for herself. She turns to boys and lets herself get used by them. She was so detached from all the emotions and sexual feelings that she simply let the boys do what they wanted. It was disturbing to see and some scenes were definitely borderline and shocking. Even though I felt very bad for her I was never able to connect with Anna at any point. I didn’t get her reactions and decisions at all.
Clipped short dialogues and a very unique way of storytelling
I am certain that there are lots of people who will absolutely adore and enjoy the way this book is written, yet for me it didn’t work. There was way to little dialogue for my liking and everything felt clipped short. I felt detached from the story instead of getting sucked into it.
Also, the ending was far from what I hoped. I was at least hoping that Anna would have a chance at the end to live a better life … I closed the book and I was not in a happy place. I’m sure though that this was anyway not the authors intention, yet it was not how I had hoped the book would leave me.
Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt was edgy and different. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get into the story, nor was I abale to connect with the characters. However, I think this is a hit or miss and I’m sure there are lots of reader who will enjoy this sad tale who seems to come quite close to reality.