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 ownâ€”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 highâ€”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 loseâ€”and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical, Uses for Boys is a story of breaking down and growing up.
I did not know what to expect from Uses for Boys. It was just like what the title says it would be about.
The book started off really sweet in a way. It talked about the bond between a mother and a daughter. The daughter also learned from her mother that you need boys in your life to be happy. Thus, she also thinks and feels the same way.
This book is a quick read, but at times, I find myself being bored or lost interest. However, when it picks up, it gets more interesting and you will find yourself finishing the book in no time.
My favorite part of Uses for Boys is the progression Anna, the daughter, has with each boy that she goes out with. I feel that her experiences grow with each and every one of the boys. It also shows how much she is alike with her mother and how much her mother had an influence on her.
I also enjoyed what she has learned from a boy that actually changed her life in the end. It made her realize what she really wanted and what she was missing out on. Growing up with just her and her mom and also, the men in her momâ€™s life can be tough. It may never seen to be a perfect or complete family, but with this boy, she finds the love and warmth she has been wanting since she was a child.
What breaks my heart is the choices that Anna decides on doing. I know that it does not seem like the best fit, but learning from her mistakes really makes her grow. In the end, she knows what she has done and knows what she wants and needs to better her life.
Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt is fast-paced novel about lost and found in relationships between family and love.
Source: Publisher, NetGalley.