This weekend I felt the urge to find something a tad lighter. Maybe something a little fun, nothing cheesy, and something that ultimately required no brainpower. Maybe even a little romance novel.
OH I GOTCHA THERE, DIDN’T I?
I never read romance novels. All that bodice tearing and throbbing you-know-what always comes across to me as well, gosh, a little dopey. But. Keep in mind I also do not read detective novels nor mysteries. As readers, I think we all have our little niche of characters and themes we enjoy. Give me a good drama romance, I’m yours. Otherwise, Harlequin is not my thang.
In my quest for Light Reading what I found instead was an incredibly thought-provoking book about one woman’s journey through promiscuity. Sometimes raw, sometimes heartbreaking, but always captivating, Kerry Cohen tells the story of years of seeking men’s approval through sex.
Listen, I didn’t say sex wasn’t my thang.
I said Cheesy Tales of Sex didn’t interest me.
YES, VIRGINIA. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE.
However. The further you delve into ‘Loose Girl’ you realize, it’s really not about the sex. It’s about the fundamental desire of a young girl to be wanted. To be loved. To be validated. And how the author stumbles through her teen years and into her twenties ever seeking, and rarely finding, what she feels she needs the most to complete herself.
I read ‘Loose Girl’ in two sittings and then pondered a bit on my own teenage years. Perhaps this is because Kerry Cohen’s writing style is remarkably similar to Caroline Sullivan’s in ‘Bye Bye Baby’ that brought up the comparison for me. The angst and rawness of teenage emotions is expressed in a very real way in both books. While Caroline’s obsession was the Bay City Rollers, Kerry’s was any boy.
A mutual theme in both books I found incredibly significant was that both women expressed the thought that while it was necessary to their self-worth that a boy wanted them, it was even more powerful in an instance where the boy wanted them … and the other girls wanted that boy. The sought-after prize came not only in getting the boy, but getting something that was so desireable to every other girl.
I want him. They want him. He chooses me.
The Ultimate Validation.
Honestly, I think 90% of all Bay City Roller fans will get that. Totally get it.
‘Loose Girl’ can be explicit and sometimes uncomfortable, especially as Kerry describes her younger teen and pre-teen years. However, I found ‘Loose Girl’ overall to be thought-provoking and well written, capturing a myriad of emotions.
It’s honest and real. What more can you ask for?