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Publisher's Summary

Kerry Cohen is only 11 years old when she recognizes the power of her female form 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 senses she shouldn't take. Kerry wanted attention, and she wanted love. Vulnerable and adrift, she turned to sex instead.

Loose Girl is Kerry's captivating memoir about her descent into promiscuity and how she gradually found her way toward real intimacy. It's a story of addiction - not just to sex but to male attention, how she came to believe boys and men could fill her emptiness, and how she tried to control them by handing over her body.

From the early rush of exploration, when her virginity was technically still intact, to the day she learned to quiet the desperation and allow herself to 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 the touch of a boy seems to offer proof of something - of being worthwhile, of being loved - but ultimately delivers little more than emptiness.

Kerry's journey from that hopeless place to her current confident, happy existence is a cautionary tale and a revelation for girls both young and old.

©2008 Kerry Cohen; (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Cohen's memoir of a lost childhood is commendably honest and frequently excruciating to read." (Publishers Weekly)
"Cohen's clear-eyed, evocative, and engaging voice draws you into this harrowing story.... In the end, you will cheer for her hard-won happiness." (Alison Smith, author of Name All the Animals)

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  • David
  • Porter Ranch, CA, United States
  • 11-15-10

In Search of Love

It seems that lately I have been in my biography & memoir reading/listening phase. Recent memoir reads include Beautiful Boy, Tweak and Live Through This — each with its own unique twist on family & life, but one underlying tone is that they all involved divorced which led to some form of addiction.

Loose Girl by Kerry Cohen is not the exception to the above statement; however, it is sad tale of a life that was in search of one thing – LOVE – that seemed ever allusive, but drew her deeper into insecurity and doubt over what that really looked like.

Kerry tells the story of a girl that at age eleven was experimenting with experiences with boys that should best be left for marriage. Sometimes you wonder why she is so open with her body, quickly opening herself up to be hurt, touched, groped and in some cases borderline raped. As I listened to these experiences, I wondered why the rebellious streak that was so evident, really needed to be there.

She tells of her parents being divorced and how her father attached himself to each girlfriend with a longing to be with them, but shredding commitment. Her father would also sit with her friends and smoke dope or drink with her and her friends – so much for the role model.

Her accounts of her mother were of abandonment, and a sister who was very reclusive and eventually who married and then divorced. Alas, she comes to a realization point and begins to shun the idea of openly releasing her body to the first guy she sees at the bar. She longs for a real relationship, one based on love that would span time. Occasionally through her journey, she happened upon a longer relationship, but eventually would push them away for various reasons. In the end, she did marry and settle down, but only after a long journey of giving herself away in many different ways.

This book was a fascinating listen and I wonder how many more girls are like Kerry, just wanting attention and love and seeking it in all the wrong places. It is

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  • Annie
  • Boulder Creek, CA, USA
  • 09-03-08

Compelling and insightful narrative...

Unflinching and revealing, this book provides a window on the inner world of the developing sexual and emotional maturity of a troubled teenage girl. It is read very believably by the narrator: a perfect choice! She sounds young and true to the writer's voice.

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Narrator sounded like she was reading a porn novel

I read this book years ago, and remembering that I enjoyed it then, I ordered it on audible to listen to. I could barely listen to the book with the narrators voice. Was this a memoir or a romance novel? The narrator's sultry voice and drawn out words were off putting and didn't match with the story of a lost, confused, and self deprecating girl. Waste of $14.

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lacked meaning and significance

over exaggerated narration and a generally pointless plot line. the story lacked meaning, depth and significance. would not recommend.

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  • Lynn
  • BINGHAMTON, NY, United States
  • 11-06-16

A Little Loose

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Do you remember that girl in school who went with all the boys? The loose girl, the slut, the tramp, the whore, the dirty girl. Or perhaps you were this girl. Either way, this book is written by one of these girls.

The author opens her psyche and pours it all out on the page. What comes forth is painful to listen to but important. We get to hear the about the insecurities, motives, distorted thoughts, self-destructive urges, and familial dynamics that fuel this behavior.

My biggest beef with the book is that the author displays and communicates almost no growth. She does the same behavior over and over again. At the very end she does a 360, finds love, and marries. She claims to be in recovery: I am not convinced. I was so torn on this book that I decided not to give it a rating. (less)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book aggravated me. Just when you think the protagonist has learned her lesson she has sex with another stranger. I kept yelling at the radio from which the book was eminating. "Stop" "don't do it." "What is wrong with you." Talk about a strong reaction!!!

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Amazing

Not what I expected, but still a fantastic read! Awesomely written and deeply, enlightening, satisfying.

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  • Rsternfels
  • Covingtnon, LA, United States
  • 03-27-12

What a waste!

This is one of the most boring books i've ever read. Here's the story:
Girl meet boy, sleeps with him, he dumps her or she ruins it
REPEAT

Over and over I guess to demonstrate how much a slut she is.

It's not even erotic, she just sleeps with everyone she comes in contact with.

The last 8 minutes of the book are different, but the first 7+ hours is the same.

Such a waste.

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Excellent story that needs to be told

A very honest account by a woman who admits to the many makes she's made with men in her life. The narration is very good. The story is compelling.

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Moral tale

that isn't moralistic. Characters are sometimes a bit flat and underdeveloped.

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  • Timothy
  • Maple Grove, MN, United States
  • 07-31-08

Loose Girl

Kerry's mother is self absorbed in her carer leaves her and her sister with her father, who is immature and would rather hang out with the kids then provide any direction. Kerry does not understand what real love is and confuses it with sex. This is a sexually explicit book, it is a sad story of a girl who wants to be cared about. The narrator, Cynthia Holloway tells Kerry as if it were her own.
Kerry Cohen memoir is brave and well written. I fell real compassion for her and I respect what she has done with her life. She proves intelligence does not equal happiness.

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