At first glance Uses For Boys appears to be a young adult novel not one for a mature audience. The book is written from Anna’s point of view in a format reminiscent of a diary. More or less a coming of age tale for a girl who has spent most her life on the back burner to her mom’s whims.
We start with the “tell me again times” when Anna is a little kid living with her mom before the train of step-dads enter her life. Anna learns that boys will make you feel and give you what you want, but the costs of these ‘fixes’ for her become too much.
I’ll start with what I liked about this book, which wasn’t a lot. It felt real and just like something that a friend you know may tell you about. I enjoyed seeing the growth in the character. I loved how it was written and that is what kept me reading the book. The uniqueness to the writing style is great and refreshing.
The things I didn’t like. This book appears to be a young adult novel from the outside and I worry someone picking it up thinking that and just being shocked. I was shocked by some of the things in this book. Left wondering a lot where the adults where in this story. Finally my last complaint is the end. I was left feeling like we got no resolution to Anna’s story.
Overall I can’t really rate this book that high for me as a person to reads to escape and go to new places this book is trash. It left me feeling sad. I give it 2/5 stars.