Cut Both Ways by Carrie MesrobianCut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

Cut Both Ways

byCarrie Mesrobian

Paperback | February 28, 2017

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William C. Morris YA Debut Award nominee Carrie Mesrobian delivers a “raw, sympathetic coming-of-age story [that] uncovers the messy, painful, yet vitally important process of self-discovery” (Booklist, starred review) when a high school senior comes to terms with his attraction to both his girlfriend and his male best friend.

It took Will Caynes seventeen years to have his first kiss. He should be ecstatic...except that it was with his best friend, Angus, while they were both drunk and stoned. Will’s not gay, but he did sort of enjoy whatever it was he felt with Angus. Unsettled by his growing interest in Angus, Will avoids his friend and even starts dating a sophomore, Brandy. When he’s hooking up with her, he’s totally into it, so he must be straight, right? Then why does he secretly keep going back to Angus?

Confusing as Will’s feelings are, they’re a welcome distraction from his complicated home life. His father has started drinking earlier each day when he should be working on never-ending house renovations. And his mom—divorced and living in a McMansion with her new husband—isn’t much help, unless she’s buying Will a bunch of stuff he doesn’t need. Between the two of them, neither feels like much of a parent—which leaves Will on his own in figuring things out with his girlfriend and best friend. He loves them both, but deciding who to be with will ultimately hurt someone. Himself, probably the most.

Title:Cut Both WaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062349899

ISBN - 13:9780062349897


Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'm very angry with this book! I was very very excited to read this book and even ordered it into my store via online order just so that I could read it. The cover is so appealing and the premise seemed so fluffy and cute while dealing with some very serious topics as well. So as soon as it came in, I sat down and spent my day with this book. Needless to say, it has left me in a very angry mood. Writing-wise, decent; could be more fluid but it could also be the character. Plotwise, it was slow. There were some very cute moments like I'd expected, but about halfway through, I was worried about how they were going to finish it. (I could also get very picky about some of the depictions of the characters, etc, but I will leave that rant out of this). - unspecific spoilers ahead - Essentially, you just picture everything that could go wrong for this character, imagine all of them happening at once and then that's it. That's the book. That 's the whole ending. I am incredibly angry. All of this, and they didn't even deal with the main issues this plot faced: cheating and sexuality. I'm not saying don't read it, I'm just warning to read at your own risk knowing that no matter what you will end up disappointed. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2018-05-25

Editorial Reviews

“Arresting and raw, Mesrobian’s deft prose cuts to the quick, shining a light on the limbo so many of us feel-both inside and out-assuring us that we are not alone.”