When I read the synopsis for today’s Waiting on Wednesday pick, my heart began to ache. Read the synopsis below to find out why.

Written by Erica Lorraine Scheidt and published by St. Martin’s Press, this book will debut on January 22, 2013:

From an extraordinary new YA talent comes a debut novel about a girl who turns to boys—until she finally learns to lean on herself.

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.

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I adore books that tackle real-life situations and issues, and Uses for Boys certainly sounds like one of those books. I know how easy it is to convince yourself that someone or something can make you feel whole, when all you really need to do is learn to love and accept yourself. I can’t wait to see how things turn out for Anna… and I can’t wait to meet Sam!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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