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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kerry Cohen Narrator: Cynthia Holloway Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Kerry Cohen is only eleven years old when she recognizes the power of her female form in the leer of a grown man. Her parents are recently divorced, and it doesn’t take long before their lassitude and Kerry’s desire to stand out, to be memorable in some way, combine to lead her down a path she senses she shouldn’t take. Kerry wanted attention and she wanted love. Vulnerable and adrift, she turned to sex instead.

Loose Girl is Kerry’s captivating memoir about her descent into promiscuity and how she gradually found her way toward real intimacy. It’s a story of addiction—not just to sex but to male attention, how she came to believe boys and men could fill her emptiness, and how she tried to control them by handing over her body. From the early rush of exploration, when her virginity was technically still intact, to the day she learned to quiet the desperation and allow herself to be loved, Kerry’s story is never less than riveting. In rich and immediate detail, Loose Girl re-creates what it feels like to be in that desperate moment, when the touch of a boy seems to offer proof of something—of being worthwhile, of being loved—but ultimately delivers little more than emptiness. Kerry’s journey from that hopeless place to her current confident, happy existence is a cautionary tale and a revelation for girls both young and old.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cohen’s brutal honesty about her relentless request for companionship is refreshingly relatable.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Cohen recounts her harrowing litany of hookups through clear, poignant, spare-no-details prose.”

    Marie Claire

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jill | 2/15/2014

    " So, I just couldn't bring myself to really read this one. A friend was passing around an early release edition. The excerpts I did read were all somehow about unfortunate sexual situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 1/21/2014

    " This book really hit home for me, I can see a lot of myself in the author. She doesn't hold back on her experiences, she tells it like it is which makes it so much easier to relate to. Definately a book for adults due to the sexual nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christy Sibila | 1/19/2014

    " Everyone has a story to tell: about their shitty childhood, failed marriage, battle with cancer, a parent with Alzheimer's, but quite honestly, not everyone should share their story with the world. Yet people do, and the result is piles and piles of simply awful memoirs, that would be better served as pages in a private diary. Loose Girl is not one of these memoirs. Kerry Cohen is a talented, bona fide writer, who masterfully connects her story to the human condition, without the added benefit of drivel, tear-jerking, or cheesiness. As a teen and young woman, Kerry finds flashes of self-worth in sex with boys. However, the moment is always fleeting, and as with any addiction, the emptiness becomes larger, and more impossible to fill. Kerry is unable to identify with others, and does not see the pain similar to her own that is a unifying bond in the human experience. She only sees herself as needy, full of want, and overall, unlovable. I see my own younger self in Kerry's story, in her raw hunger for love and understanding, but I also see myself in her hard-won happiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Effie | 1/17/2014

    " If you like fairy tales, mushy windblown love stories and prince charming, this is not the book for you. Cohen lays it down raw and honest and thats what drew me in, what kept me flipping pages was how much I related. Awesome book that I never really set out to read but was grabbed by from the beginning. "

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About the Author
Author Kerry Cohen

Kerry Cohen is the author of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity, Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity, and the young adult novels Easy, The Good Girl, and It’s Not You, It’s me. Her essays have been featured in the New York Times’ “Modern Love” series, the Washington Post, Brevity, Literary Mama, and many other journals and anthologies.