Published by HarperCollins on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
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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.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I honestly expected more from this book, because recently I have been quite interested in LGBT books, because I wanted to widen my perspectives. So, when I stumbled upon this book, I was quite happy because hey, it’s about a guy who could not decide if he’s bisexual or not. But what I did not expect was this book to be totally about SEX. Yes, you heard me right. Please get this book away from your kids if they’re under 15, thank you. No, I am not kidding, why would I? Throughout the whole book, I was just sitting here like, REALLY? This book is basically about Will bouncing back and forth, having sex with Angus, and then with Brandy. Honestly. The only reason why I finished reading this book till the end was because I wanted to know if Will finally accepted the fact that he was gay. But you know what, I am not satisfied.
The only reason this book wasn’t given ONE star is because I love the style of writing. Those thoughts that were from Will? I actually understood them. And I think that this book would have been a major success, if not for the fact that, YEAH the too-much-sex part. Because if you’re a teenager, you would actually understand Will, whether you want to or not, actually. You’ll be like “YES, THAT’S IT!”
I am actually disappointed with this book, because really, I expected more. SIGH.