Loose Girl

  • by Kerry Cohen
  • Narrated by Cynthia Holloway
  • 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- David

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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- Annie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio