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Uses for Boys - Erica Lorraine Scheidt Uses for Boys is a gritty contemporary YA about a girl left alone to parent herself. There's a lot of mature content here, and some dark subject material.My heart went out to Anna, who is constantly left alone while her mother goes off on one date after another, marries a new guy, then splits up with him and starts the process over. As a result, Anna is left to fend for herself. It's hard not to feel heartbroken for her, to feel her loneliness as her mother goes off again and again, to watch both Anna and her mother make all sorts of terrible decisions just to feel important to someone, if only for a short time.I thought the first part of the book -- where Anna is pretty much stuck in despair -- was too long and the second part --- in which she sees what she's been missing out on and how hard it will be for her to have a life she wants -- too short, and that was frustrating. But I recommend this to fans of gritty contemporary YA.Read full review on my blog