Cut Both Ways

Cut Both Ways

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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062349880
0062349880
Branch Call Number: YF MESRO-C
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 22 cm

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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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