January 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt – Spotlight with G!veaway

Welcome to our tour stop spotlighting

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

presented by Shane @ Itching For Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna’s new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can’t know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical,  Uses for Boys  is a story of breaking down and growing up.

add to goodreadsUses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Publication Date:  January 15, 2013
Publisher:  St Martin’s Press

Available for purchase:
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When I was a kid all I did was write. I dropped out of high school and attended the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where I was surrounded by writers and artists.

But then, in my early twenties, I got a job. I worked hard at that job for 15 years and didn’t write a word.

Then this happened: I walked into a bookstore and bought two books by Francesca Lia Block. No particular reason, I just liked their covers. Then I read everything she wrote. I read all the YA I could. I still do. I think the world that happens between 13 and 17 is everything.

I quit my job. I studied writing. I spent three and a half years writing Uses for Boys. Now I’m working on a new novel and it’s like falling down a hole. Writing my first novel taught me nothing about writing the next one.

Now I write. I live with my girlfriend and her daughter and when they come home we make dinner and walk the dog and dance around the kitchen and the next day I get up and I write.

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  1. Julie Kornhausl

    I would really like to read this book. It seems like a really good read!

    Julie K

  2. Carl

    What a great-sounding story. I’d love to win a copy of Uses for Boys, please enter my name in the draw. Thanks and Happy 2013!!

  3. Thanks for participating!

  4. Kristin

    This book has been on my wishlist for a while now. I cannot wait to read it. I appreciate the authors honesty in their bio. I hated reading and until about 4 yrs ago, the only time I’d ever picked up a book when when a teacher made me.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

  5. Raina

    I’ve been meaning to read “Uses for Boys.” The title alone drew me in. The cover is wonderful, and the summary even better. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Angelica

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this, I’ve been seeing awesome reviews around the net. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

  7. Kelly

    the trailer was too short darn

  8. Megan S.

    I’ve been wanting to read this! Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. DeeDee Griffin

    I wasn’t familiar with this book, but after reading the blurb, I’m adding to my TBR!

  10. Brittany Utley

    Thanks for the Giveaway!

  11. Lauren

    I heard so many people saying they read this book with a thought that it would be a light read. Then they read it and said it was really deep. Sounds like the perfect book to me! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Yesenia

    Thanks for the givaway! Would love to read this book!

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