Monday, August 10, 2015

ARC Review: Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

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23718736Cut Both Ways
by Carrie Mesrobian
Release date: September 1, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Contemporary
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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.

I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly

WARNING: Mature content in this book and likewise talked about in this review. Recommended age 17+
Also, minor spoilers!

My Rating:

 1 Star


This book follows 17-year-old Will or The Supreme Douchebag. Will's never kissed anyone and he definitely wasn't expecting his first kiss to be with his best friend Angus, who is gay. Will doesn't think he's gay, but he does like kissing Angus. Angus is not a supreme douchebag, but his character is as well developed as a blank piece of paper, ditto to Brandy, Will's first girlfriend. See Will act like a douche, see Will sleep around, see Will get moody, don't see Will grow as a character.

I had high hopes for this book, because the premise? Amazing. I actually did enjoying reading this, being snarky in my own head, leaving myself all kinds of notes for the book, it was loads of fun. Now, I get that teenage guys think about sex but that doesn't mean a male characters whole personality has to revolve around it. Seriously, Will's personality begins and ends with wanting it.

I respect the idea of this book, the look into sexuality and being bisexual, just the fact that the author purposely never put the word bisexual in the novel. But I was very disappointed with the execution. Because really it wasn't a book about a boy who's in love with his girlfriend and his best friend who also happens to be a guy, it was about a 17 year old, very pretentious boy who's addicted to sex. There are no relationships beyond the physical. I felt so bad for Brandy, who's two years younger than him and clearly in love with him while having no idea that all he cares about is using her. Sure it's implied that he loves her but really all he cares about is that she makes him feel better about himself. In any part of the book where Brandy was upset Will was only complaining that he had to deal with it. He bought her things because he felt guilty for sleeping with Angus and when she had a pregnancy scare because obviously THAT MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER.

There was no character or relationship development. I felt like Will was flip-flopping so much in the beginning, he seemed like a nice guy and then he started throwing all this slang around and I literally had to stop because I was so confused. He goes from having never kissed anyone to meeting Brandy and one day later having intercourse with her and then cheating on her with his best friend while being all stuck up about the fact that he's not gay. Literally there was no relationship built on anything else. Even his best friend who's been his friend for years, there's a few sweet parts, a little development but nowhere near enough. And nothing happens in the end! I can respect an open ending, but I didn't feel like Will learned or grew at all. It kind of just ended... Even an open ending needs to have a reason to be open. SOMETHING HAS TO HAVE HAPPENED IN THE BOOK. But NO.

Let's recap:

  • Will only cares about sex. Going so far as to complain that he has to be there for Brandy when she's upset.
  • Will is a douche.
  • Will doesn't want to be seen as gay, he is very adamant about this. Will says he's okay with people being gay but is embarrassed that people may think he is.
  • Will might love Angus, but it's hard to tell.
  • Will is pretentious. Will doesn't like school, Will likes to work, Will is so misunderstood, so UNHAPPY, and is better than everyone else.
  • Will hates being poor even though he's really not that poor and hates shopping at Walmart because only poor people shop at Walmart, apparently.
  • I really really hate Will.

I wanted to put in some actual examples but you know, uncorrected advance copy and all, just gets annoying. Sample though, Will thinks that maybe you know you're in love when someone gives you something you don't deserve, that something being sex. Yup. He also doesn't give a shit about electronics and is probably the only guy that doesn't, in his opinion.

Overall this book is about Will having sex and the few things that happen in between him sleeping with his girlfriend and his best friend. It's not horribly written but nothing outstanding. There's no character development for Will or anyone else. Will is the supreme douchebag. I don't know what the moral of this story was supposed to be but I obviously missed it, along with the plot.

Would I Recommend This? Nope.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Nope


  1. Such a disappointment! I was looking forward to reading this one. I cannot get on board with sex and nothing else. I need more. Great review!

    1. I know, I was so sad when I realized this wasn't going to be a good one! =( And yeah, I too just need more in a book and this one did not have it.

  2. HAHAHAHAH. Supreme Douchebag. I remember kind of wanting to read this, but I'm glad that I didn't. It really sucks that it's basically just a book about wanting to have sex. Like okay there.

    Great review Shay! Glad that you read this for me ;)

    1. Haha. I was so proud of myself for coming up with that one! Yeah, that and nothing more.

      Thanks and you're welcome, Val, I'd read crappy books for you anytime. =P

  3. This sounds freaking AWFUL :( I think I won this somewhere too, sadness. I also hate Will, like by association. UGH. Now here's my question: Is it worth reading to snark? Or not even? Sorry this was such a disappointment :(
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. He deserves to be hated by association, haha. Okay, so if you won it and already have it, and like you're really bored one day, can't find anything to read and want a laugh, then definitely read it, because it would probably be worth it to snark. However, you might end up wanting to DNF. =)

  4. Haha, I'm sorry you didn't like it, but I love your review. Will sounds like a total ass, and I definitely won't be reading this book (although I have to admit I'm a bit curious after reading this review). :)

    1. Aw, thanks. =) I'm the same way when I see bad reviews, it makes me want to read the book just to see if it's really that bad! And yeah, Will is a total ass, nicely said. =)

  5. Hey, Shay!

    I completely agree with your review of this book. I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. It had SO MUCH POTENTIAL but it was a such a crash and burn. I am so frustrated with this book and your review pretty much sums up my feelings for the book.