Thursday, 3 September 2015

Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

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Cut Both Ways
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Will Caynes never has been good with girls. At seventeen, he’s still waiting for his first kiss. He’s certainly not expecting it to happen in a drunken make-out session with his best friend, Angus. But it does and now Will’s conflicted—he knows he likes girls, but he didn’t exactly hate kissing a guy.

Then Will meets Brandy, a cute and easy-to-talk-to sophomore. He’s totally into her too—which proves, for sure, that he’s not gay. So why does he keep hooking up with Angus on the sly?

Will knows he can’t keep seeing both of them, but besides his new job in a diner, being with Brandy and Angus are the best parts of his whole messed-up life. His divorced parents just complicate everything. His father, after many half-baked business ventures and endless house renovations, has started drinking again. And his mom is no help—unless loading him up with a bunch of stuff he doesn’t need plus sticking him with his twin half-sisters counts as parenting. He’s been bouncing between both of them for years, and neither one feels like home.

Deciding who to love, who to choose, where to live. Whichever way Will goes, someone will get hurt. Himself, probably the most.


Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Cut Both Ways

“I can’t change it, the truth that I want both of them. Brandy and Angus.”



This was a YA story about a boy who had a girlfriend, but also cheated on her with his gay best friend.

Will was a bit of an odd character, and while I understood that he didn’t know if he was gay or straight or somewhere in between, kissing someone else whilst you have a girlfriend is still cheating, even if the other person in a guy not a girl.

“No one minds Angus coming over. Angus, who Taylor and Kinney love. Angus, who could be in my bed all night. And doesn’t even need an excuse.”



The storyline in this was about Will hoping back and forth between his girlfriend and his gay best friend, and not really considering how unfair this was to both of them. He seemed to just be of the opinion that if it felt good, and he wanted to do it, then he should just do it, without thought to the consequences, which wasn’t really the noblest of ideas. I also got a bit tired of the number of times Will told us how hard his dick was! I really did not need to know that!

“My dick isn’t even hard. I mean, not entirely. Not even half hard. About halfway to halfway hard.
You’re half gay, then.”


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I have to say that the people I felt most sorry for were Will’s girlfriend Brandy, who had no idea that he was getting jiggy with his male best friend, and the male best friend Angus, who clearly had feelings for Will, and had to watch him cosying up to his girlfriend when only hours earlier they had been naked in bed together and doing more than just kissing!

“Half hard. Half gay. Quarter gay. Can Angus tell? Does he know? Can you sense that, when you’re gay? Because you have a dick, too, and you know how dicks act?”



The ending to this was a bit of a disappointment, because it felt like nothing was resolved! Will didn’t make an decisions regarding his sexuality, or who he wanted to be with, or anything really!



6.5 out of 10

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