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Uses for Boys

Erica Lorraine Scheidt

In this debut novel, Anna Bloom remembers a time before boys, when she and her mother were everything to each other. But when her mother begins to date, marry and divorce a series of faceless men, Anna finds herself alone for days at a time. She decides to make boys the family she so desperately wants and like her mother, drifts into a series of meaningless encounters. Still, Anna longs for something bigger and better in her relationships. Then she meets Sam, a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories. The truth about love becomes clear and Anna finally learns how it feels to have something to lose and something to offer.