Easy / Kerry Cohen Hoffmann
- Hoffmann, Kerry Cohen
- New York : Simon & Schuster, 
- Copyright Date:
- 1st ed.
- Physical Description:
- 163 pages ; 22 cm
- Feeling neglected by her divorced parents and distant older sister, fourteen-year-old Jessica discovers how easily she is able to attract the attention of men and boys, without realizing the risks of her behavior. It's two years ago, and I'm just about to turn twelve. At home things are just about to turn too. My mother spends most of her time crying in the bedroom or the kitchen, or wherever someone might hear. To get away, I'm in the woods near the house. Wandering. Suddenly he's there, walking toward me. His face blank. His breathing ragged, audible. I've seen him before. He's mentally retarded. The boy who never grew up. But he's different this time. There's something distant in his eyes, and strange. As he comes closer, I see why -- his fly is open and from it stands his erect penis. It's pale and fishlike, an alien thing. I take a step backward. He stares at me and says nothing. I turn and run.
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