Monday, September 14, 2009

Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity

In the same way that Marya Hornbacher's Wasted gave educators and parents a greater understanding of anorexia and bulimia--and Koren Zalickas's memoir Smashed showed us how alcohol abuse can warp girls' self images and teenage development--Loose Girl by Kerry Cohen reveals one girl's descent into promiscuity and how she gradually found her way toward real intimacy.

"I slept with close to forty boys and men before I figured out doing so was not serving me well. . . . Sometime in my late twenties I tried to name them all, starting with my first, but I found out quickly I had forgotten a host of names. Tom? Tim? Oh wait, then there was that guy with the dog. For a man this might be a pleasant trip down memory lane, counting up his conquests. But for a girl, it's a whole other story."
Loose Girl is a memoir of addiction--not just to sex, but to male attention. It is also the story of a young girl who came to believe that boys and men could give her life meaning. Never less than riveting, Loose Girl re-creates what it feels like to be in that desperate moment when a girl tries to control a boy by handing over her body, when the touch of that boy seems to offer proof of something but ultimately delivers little more than emptiness.

The unforgettable story of one young woman who desperately wanted to matter, Loose Girl will speak to countless others with its compassion, understanding, and love.

"Kerry Cohen's clear-eyed, evocative, and engaging voice draws you into this harrowing story, into the heart of her addiction. Her honesty is brave, her clarity is remarkable, her candor is disarming. No matter who you are, you will find yourself, at key moments, identifying with Cohen. And in the end, you will cheer for her hard-won happiness."---Alison Smith, author of Name All the Animals

If you would like to consider Loose Girl for one of your courses, please order a paperback examination copy. If you have decided to assign the book as a required text, please request a desk copy.

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