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.
Praise for Cut Both Ways:
“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)
*“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 Reviews (starred review))
“Mesrobian’s second novel is brutally honest and unsentimental. A rare examination of bisexuality in fiction for teens.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Arresting and raw, Mesrobian’s deft prose cuts to the quick, shining a light on the limbo so many of us feel-both inside and out-assuring us that we are not alone.” (Aaron Hartzler, Lambda Award finalist for Rapture Practice)
Get to know Carrie:
I’ve worked as a teacher in both public and private schools; my writing has appeared in the StarTribune, Brain, Child magazine, Calyx, and other web and print publications. I teach teenagers about writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. However, the best job I ever had was when I worked in a thrift store pawing through donations of cast-off junk. Loved that job so much.
My first two books, Sex & Violence & Perfectly Good White Boy were published by Carolrhoda LAB. My third book, Cut Both Ways, (HarperCollins), will be released September 2015.
All these books are young adult novels with male narrators. Maybe I will do a girl narrator next? Who the hell knows?
I wish I could report all sorts of cute quirky things that I do, but really, I’m kind of boring. I read a lot and never really go anywhere and don’t see that changing ever. Probably I should get some hobbies or something? Sometimes I crochet stuff.
Oh, wait! Here is a picture of me looking dastardly! But it’s really just because my hair’s wet and I just busted out a new beautiful Benefit Brow pencil. I kind of have a thing about cosmetics and beauty products, if you want to know the truth.
I live with Adrian, my husband, Matilda, my daughter, and Pablo, my dog. All of whom are super interesting, actually. Built-in entertainment, really.
Also, I am represented by this very excellent person named Michael Bourret at DGLM. He does all my business-y things. Like, in case you want to pay me stacks of cash to make up stories or would like me to blurb your book or whatever.
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