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 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 by Erica Lorraine
Scheidt is a story of breaking down and growing up.
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