Mini Review: Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Expected Publication: January 15, 2013
Format: NetGalley
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: 4/5

Description [from Goodreads]: 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.

 My Thoughts
 This books puts up no fronts. It's very straight forward and to the point. I've come to the conclusion that you will either love it or not. 
I loved it! I believe its a very believable and honest look at teens. Even though some people might not want to think so but there are people like Anna out there. I see Anna as a girl who just wants to be loved...plain and simple and even if that means getting it for the wrong reasons and from the wrong people. The deeper question is can we blame her for her choices? How can one find love and acceptance when one was never truly shown love hershelf? 


  1. This one sounds good. I really want to read it.

    Love, acceptance of self. Sounds like a winner. Thanks for sharing :)

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

  2. I thought it was really good. Ive seen mixed reviews but I think its a great read.