Kerry Cohen learns at a young age how to use her body to her advantage. She quickly finds that she can feel needed simply by having sex. However sex and an endless string of men cannot seem to curb her appetite for attention and approval.
It doesn’t help matters that she has no parental control whatsoever. Her mother abandons her and her sister to pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor. As Kerry and her sister are sent to live with their pot-smoking immature father things only spiral out of control. While Kerry’s sister becomes depressed and locks herself away in her room, Kerry is left to fend for herself. Her father is hardly ever home, and when he is he acts like one of her peers. Her father provides drugs for her friends, and seems to even approve of her promiscuous lifestyle. This leads to Kerry going with her friends to bars and parties where they meet up with men and pursue sex. Kerry’s adolescence is filled with drug experimentation, pregnancy scares, sexual interludes, parties, and a string of minor STD’s. Kerry’s sexual partners become too numerous to count, and she doesn’t recall most of their names. Still sex is her main drug, and she becomes codependent on the short fulfillment it provides her. As she progresses from high school to college things begin to spiral more out of control, and she tries desperately to take control of herself. As she shifts the blame of her actions between herself and her parents she struggles to find herself.
~My Thoughts~I really felt bad for Kerry in this novel. Even though our choices are our own, she was never given much attention even from a young age. Her mother was flighty and self involved, and her father didn’t provide much structure to teach her how a young girl should behave. Her father could care less about her sexual acts, never questioned her choices, and even seemed to approve of her experimentation. I was appalled at how often and easily Kerry gave up her body or participated in sexual acts even when she didn’t want to. She never said no, and wasn’t afraid to take a friend’s boyfriend if she had the chance. She wanted to feel loved and needed so badly she would do almost anything to get it. This book is a great deterrent for a almost any teen girl to read. The fact of the matter is, whether we believe it or not, there are girls like Kerry Cohen all over the place. Girls without structure, lack of parental guidance, and who harbor misguided beliefs. Girls who crave fulfillment reach for sex or men to replace what they lack. It's refreshing that someone would write this memoir and let the truth out about the emotional turbulence involved when you crave the things as Kerry Cohen did. Hopefully this proves to be eye opening for many girls who find themselves in the same situations. The events in this memoir are very rich in detail and it will leave you wanting to see how Kerry progresses in her journey of finding herself and somehow ending her destructive sexual addiction.
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