Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity

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Hyperion, May 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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For everyone who was that girl.
For everyone who knew that girl.
For everyone who wondered who that girl was.

Kerry Cohen is eleven years old when she recognizes the power of her body in the leer of a grown man. Her parents are recently divorced and it doesn't take long before their lassitude and Kerry's desire to stand out--to be memorable in some way--combine to lead her down a path she knows she shouldn't take. Kerry wanted attention. She wanted love. But not really understanding what love was, not really knowing how to get it, she reached for sex instead.

Loose Girl is Kerry Cohen's captivating memoir about her descent into promiscuity and how she gradually found her way toward real intimacy. The story of addiction--not just to sex, but to male attention--Loose Girl is also the story of a young girl who came to believe that boys and men could give her life meaning. It didn't matter who he was. It was their movement that mattered, their being together. And for a while, that was enough.

From the early rush of exploration to the day she learned to quiet the desperation and allow herself to love and be loved, Kerry's story is never less than riveting. In rich and immediate detail, 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.

Kerry Cohen's journey from that hopeless place to her current confident and fulfilled existence is a cautionary tale and a revelation for girls young and old. The unforgettable memoir of one young woman who desperately wanted to matter, Loose Girl will speak to countless others with its compassion, understanding, and love.

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Her writing is clear, flowing and polished. - LibraryThing
It was difficult to read. - LibraryThing
The main downside with Loose Girl is the ending. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - dysmonia - LibraryThing

On the one hand, there's the same old modern tale: pretty white girl with problems turns to booze/other drugs/sex/bulimia to try to gain some control over her emotionally shattered life. On the other ... Read full review

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User Review  - TeenieLee - LibraryThing

I tried to be captivated, I really did. The idea has promise... a tale of a girl who slept with a bunch of men for (insert reason here). I was disappointed that the end result was juvenile and ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Kerry Cohen is a psychotherapist who works with teens and their families. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon and an MA in counseling psychology. A mother of two, she is a native of New Jersey but makes her home in Portland, Oregon.

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