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A real-life memoir of sex, men and alcohol

Jeanne McGovernAspen Times Weekly
Title: Loose Girl: A Memoir of PromiscuityAuthor: Kerry CohenPublisher: HyperionPrice: $21.95

It seems as if summer (OK, spring) has finally arrived. And, as embarrassed as I am to admit it, my mind has turned to fruity cocktails and trashy novels. So when a preview copy of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity appeared on my desk, I jumped at it. (It is set for general release June 3.)I expected and, not-so-secretly, hoped Kerry Cohens first nonfiction book would be akin to Chelsea Handlers My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands. (For those who havent read Handlers hilarious recollection of her slutty single days, all I can say is do so; it is one of the funniest reads youll ever lay eyes on. First released in 2005, its now in paperback and very worth the $8.97 it will cost you on amazon.com).But as we all know, you cant judge a book by its cover, and Loose Girl is no My Horizontal Life.True, the basic themes are the same. Sex, men, alcohol, and more sex, men and alcohol. But the tone, voice and sense of purpose are entirely different.In Loose Girl, Cohen delves deep into the personal history that made her, by all accounts, a sex addict. She openly and honestly traces this journey from the first time she realizes the power of her body over men, at age 11, to a string of failed relationships followed by parades of boys too numerous to remember, to the day she had had enough.And it is this part and only this part of an otherwise tightly written, thoughtfully constructed memoir that I take issue with.On page 205 of the 210-page book, Cohen meets her husband-to-be; a lifetime of sleeping around in search of self-confidence and self-assurance is whittled down to just five pages of resolution. I wanted more. Cohen sets the stage of who she is and what she needs (or thinks she needs) in the body of the book, but I wish she had painted the picture of her well-deserved happy ending as clearly.Nevertheless, what Cohen does paint perfectly is a picture of being a girl who grows into a woman something half the population can relate to. Because even though Cohens choices in her early life are a far cry from my own, I connected with her, as I suspect most women will. Perhaps it is because, as written on the book jacket, Loose Girl is For everyone who was that girl. For everyone who knew that girl. For everyone who wondered who that girl was.jmcgovern@aspentimes.com