Cut Both Ways: Book summary and reviews of Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

Cut Both Ways

by Carrie Mesrobian

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Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2015
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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From William C. Morris YA Debut Award nominee Carrie Mesrobian, Cut Both Ways is an unflinching look at a high school senior who must come 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 shared 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 what seem like never-ending house renovations. And his mom - living in a McMansion with her new husband - isn't much help, just buying Will a bunch of stuff he doesn't need. 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.

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"Starred Review. In Will's unapologetic voice, Mesrobian's raw, sympathetic coming-of-age story uncovers the messy, painful, yet vitally important, process of self-discovery. A unique, imperative novel." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Pitch perfect, raw, and moving." - Kirkus

"Mesrobian writes about sex - what it feels like, its power to satisfy and confuse-bluntly and effectively." - Publishers Weekly

"Mesrobian once again employs a fearless and honest tone. Her portrayal of bisexuality is thoughtful, and realistic. The respect with which Mesrobian speaks to her teen audience adds weight and validity. A great addition for most libraries, and perfect for older teens looking for nuanced and realistic fiction." - School Library Journal

"Mesrobian's second novel is brutally honest and unsentimental. A rare examination of bisexuality in fiction for teens." - Voice of Youth Advocates

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Carrie Mesrobian

Carrie Mesrobian teaches writing to teens in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She has also worked as a teacher in both public and private schools. Her debut novel, Sex & Violence, was named a Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, in addition to being nominated for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. She has also written another young adult novel, Perfectly Good White Boy.

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