“I wish every young woman could gain the wisdom found in these pages. Quiet. Stark. Possibly life changing.”—Ellen Hopkins, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Crank trilogy “Like its narrator, Uses for Boys is poetic, sensual, edgy and strong. Captivated, I finished it in two sittings and sobbed at the end.”—Francesca Lia Block, New York Times bestselling author of Weetzie Bat and I was a Teenage Fairy "If somebody had handed me this book when I was fifteen, I would have felt 75% less alone and 100% less crazy."—Pam Houston, award-winning author of Cowboys Are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted “Some writers know how to make something terribly complicated and true...simple. That's what Erica Lorraine Scheidt does in Uses for Boys. With stark, lucid prose, she hones in on that experience we girls know well: we believe boys will fill our emptiness.”—Kerry Cohen, author of Loose Girl “Many girls will relate to the fact that 'there are no fathers in this story' . . . Scheidt’s spare and poetic debut offers up pretty images for some decidedly unpretty situations ('the unmade bed is peaked and stormy'); at times, her prose feels as tightly wrought as a novel in verse. This is a story about where we come from, and how, sometimes, we have to break free from the past in order to shape our own future... Lots of teens will see themselves in the pages of this beautiful, honest novel.”—Booklist (starred review)
As a teenager, Erica Lorraine Scheidt studied writing at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and later received an MA in creative writing from University of California, Davis. Now a teaching artist and longtime volunteer at 826 Valencia, Erica works with teen writers in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s a 2012 Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and is currently at work on a second novel for young adults.