Cut Both Ways

Cut Both Ways

eBook - 2015
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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.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780062349903
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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DCLAmyP Aug 28, 2017

I really had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, the book was mostly just sex. I'm not sure how much help teens struggling with sexuality will be helped by a book that doesn't dig much deeper into the actual issue of sexuality. Disappointed. Also, definitely not suitable for younger teens.

mvkramer Jun 18, 2016

The main problem with this book can be summed up in two words - Will Caynes. Mesrobian does make me feel some compassion for this kid - I mean, we've all been young and terrible at relationships - but OMG, he's so annoying. He's passive, never makes his own decisions, and seems unable to appreciate how his actions hurt the people around him. Add a plot that goes nowhere, and that's the book. Ugh!

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ktrucke
Jun 14, 2016

I so wanted to like this book. The premise is great. But I just could not connect with Will. I thought he was selfish and continually made bad choices. It also felt like a series of bad things without any resolution. It just eventually stopped but there wasn't a denouement.

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WCLSDemingLibrary
Nov 09, 2015

This book was great for all of the experiences that the main character has to navigate, but it was even better for everything that went unsaid. Will candidly acknowledges his feelings, but he can't seem to find an identity that fits them, which leaves him feeling isolated. This story made me thankful for the ever-broadening span of identities that are being written into modern YA literature.
~Alexa

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mvkramer Jun 18, 2016

Other: Drug use and underage drinking.

mvkramer Jun 18, 2016

Sexual Content: Fellatio, hand jobs, masturbation, and sex.

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