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20130930-144243.jpgDorothy Allison once said that she read books in order to understand a sense of place different from her own.

When I found Loose Girl by Kerry Cohen, it was a completely new sense of life that I had never experienced–being a sexually active teenager.

Loose Girl is Cohen’s memoir about growing up with divorced parents and searching for a sense of belonging. Like most hormone-driven young girls, Cohen’s life revolves around one thing: boys. While her familial upbringing is anything but normal, Cohen ventures into the world of boys and having her first sexual experiences. Without boys, she’s unable to find meaning in her life.

Cohen’s memoir is a fascinating read into one young girl’s coming of age. The scenes and her stories are vivid, harsh, and at times beautiful. Cohen not only earned an M.F.A. in creative writing, but she also earned an M.A. in Psychology. Those dual graduate degrees went to good use when she crafted this memoir.

I’d recommend this book to many people for different reasons. It’s scary to put yourself out there and display all of your sexual exploits, but Cohen does it and owns it. In the end, I think that many readers take in her novel and connect to her experiences.

 

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