Book: Loose Girl: a memoir of promiscuity
Author: Kerry Cohen
"No one likes to hear a therapist say this, but I don't believe in change. The bottom line is that I haven't changed...... I still get the same urges when I hit rough patches in my life. The difference now is simply that I'm too aware of my addiction's lies to act on it anymore. There's a line in in the book, "We all have the opportunity to find that place where awareness trumps our actions. And I've reached that place. I can't go back." That's the only change that happened for me"
Profound and honest; this paragraph epitomizes Cohen's eye opening account of the depths she sinks to in futile attempts to fill her insatiable need to be wanted and loved; and the realization that being wanted and being loved are two entirely different entities. It's been a while since I've read anything that comes close to being as honest as "Loose Girl." Cohen lays it all out on the table: the good, the bad and the very ugly in the hopes that some "loose girl" somewhere will be able to find her story in these pages. Cohen brings to light a topic that is sorely under represented in our society in a way that is both relatable and researched.
Despite never having struggled with the same issues, I found myself completely understanding her description of her pain and aching. I understood that her actions were the only ones that made sense at the time. Regardless of the drug of choice (food, booze, drugs, sex, video games), anyone with a history of addiction will see themselves on each and every page of this book and find themselves rooting for Cohen with all they got - that was certainly my experience. I strongly urge all to read this powerful memoir whether or not you are dealing with an addiction. I have no doubt you will come away from "Loose Girl" deeply moved.