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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kerry Cohen Narrator: Cynthia Holloway Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781400176700
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indra | 1/13/2014

    " I am a fan of memoirs in general, and I feel this book is a courageous one and a compelling read. I probably would have rated it a 3.5 or 3.75, were that an option. I appreciated its lack of artifice, its simplicity and its rawness. She never once says "sex addiction" because I don't know that it would be the proper term--maybe relationship addiction? As other reviewers have said, I think it could be a valuable read for anyone who works with teenage girls or who has or cares about someone who has similar issues. (Most of us know or have known someone who does.) Many people have written books with lots of sex scenes in them, but not many illuminate the reality of the "relationships" beyond the sex--the getting ready, the waiting, the consequences, the hanging on to a relationship when there's not much to hang onto, the always waiting for something better. Cohen lived an extremely privileged life that allowed many opportunities that she DID take--I would have liked the book to incorporate the ones she gave up, such as travel (as she mentioned in her afterword). Two criticisms--characters not fleshed out enough (I would have liked more of a sense of who the Jennifers were, for one), and the ending. It was much too abrupt. I'm glad she evolved into a happily married mother of two, but what made her husband different? How will her experiences color her own parenting? I was left with a lot of questions. By the same token, I was glad it was not all tied up with a perfect bow. I think the way the book ended illustrates the uncertainty all addicts face, and the reality that they can never completely stop working on their recovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moira | 1/7/2014

    " This was a pretty good book...definitely a quick read. It wasn't a life-changing type-read, but I definitely respect the story and it seems that the author really used the writing of the story as a form of therapy for herself. All in all--good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorri | 1/4/2014

    " I can't say this was an interesting book, but it was short. I can see how many girls go through this type of thing, especially these days. Trying to find love in all the wrong places is something too many of us do. There is no 'helping' in this book. The author has sex with countless men up into she gets married. It just tells her story from the age of 14 until then. Sex, drugs, drinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 12/20/2013

    " The girl may be loose, but this book is tigher'n a drum. Great writing on a sometimes uncomfortable and difficult subject. Huzzah Ms Cohen, Huzzah! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keely | 9/20/2013

    " A book that hit close to home. Great read for anyone woman that tried to fill their lack of a father figure with men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krismin | 7/2/2013

    " I wish every young boy and girl in our country was required to read this book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corie | 4/14/2013

    " This was one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Every woman can relate to the story being told and I suggest that EVERYONE read it. I cried at the end, not even because it was sad, but because I could completely understand the was that "need" being described. Perfection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MMatchak | 2/23/2013

    " A woman looks back at her life as she struggled with self-acceptance and tried to fill the empty space with men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/4/2013

    " A sad but true memoir of a teenage girl who is constantly seeking affirmation from boys. It seems redundant at times that because she can't forgo the attention of a boy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 10/3/2012

    " Read it in 4 days. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathie Norfleet | 10/1/2012

    " An easy read except the font was small. I enjoyed Kerry's honesty and openness about who she had been and how she came to be who she now is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fitz | 9/26/2012

    " As a father, this book was troubling to read. I'm glad I did because it forced me to look at the relationship with my daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pinky | 3/9/2012

    " Truthful account of a girl desperate for closeness and intimacy, who has sex with dozens of men and boys in her teens and 20s. Frustrating, exhausting, and hopeful memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 5/5/2010

    " Kerry reminds me of myself when I was younger. (Not that much younger. When I was in my late teens early twenties) I used to find love by sleeping around hopeing to find someone to love me. Obviously it doesn't work like that. Quick read but also good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Myla | 3/11/2010

    " Terribly predictable and a waste of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Ricketts | 1/5/2010

    " Amazing. Changed my view of what I have done to women in my past. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 9/10/2009

    " Not much of anything...slept with alot of people. Did not care for how it ended...never really told us what made her change, except maybe she grew up? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MariNaomi | 1/14/2009

    " Heartbreaking, compelling, very well-written. I read this in one day, and although her take-away as a promiscuous girl was extremely different from my own take-away as a promiscuous girl (in re: shame), she was able to relay the story in a way that made me feel her pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Li | 8/6/2008

    " In some ways I had a hard time connecting to the book since clingy people usually just annoys me but I can also understand her feelings since I kind of the same way (just not to the extreme she was). As a whole I would recommend this book. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Cynthia Holloway, a native of Seattle, has performed on stage, in film and television, as well as doing voice-over work. She has given her voice to television programs, radio and television commercials, video games, and audiobooks.