Saturday, July 4, 2009

review: loose girl by kerry cohen

Loose Girl can in a way be read as a cautionary tale--this "memoir of promiscuity" is the experience of a girl whose parents divorced just as she noticed she could attract boys (and older ones at that). Making matters worse, Cohen's parents are caught up in their own lives and offer little guidance. Refreshingly, Cohen doesn't seem to blame anyone--instead she lays out the facts as she sees them without making such judgments. Likely her background as a psychotherapist has helped her understand her choices.

I simply could not put this book down. Each bit of the story compelled me on to find out what would happen, how it would end. Of course, with it being a memoir one does partially know how it ends from reading the author bio, but how Cohen goes from someone who cannot maintain a relationship to someone who is married with two children isn't known until the very end. She admits her continued struggle and concludes the story with the perfect sentiment: "Maybe, I think, I don't have to be great at this; maybe I just have to be good enough."

Kerry Cohen will be at the Portland, OR Barnes & Noble(12000 SE 82nd Ave)on Friday, July 24 at 7pm.

1 comment:

  1. I've had this book on my tbr list for a very long time now. Good to know it's unputdownable haha :) Sounds REALLY sad though but still interesting. :)