Cut Both Ways – By Carrie Mesrobian


Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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Oh great. Another biphobic, anti non-monogamy book. 😛

Cut Both Ways was not a book I enjoyed, much to my disappointment. I think the main reason for this was the main character Will.  This guy…he goes beyond just miscommunicating with people to just plain lying to them. He has conflicted feelings about two people, and instead of trying to work it out with them, he just has sex with them and then lies to the other person about it.  Cheating is not okay and I definitely did not want to read a book about it. Will is a whiny, self-centered character with little to no redeeming qualities.

Also the question of his sexuality is never really figured out by him. He thinks he’s gay but then gets a girlfriend and is like “Oh never mind I’m not.” And then continues to see both his girlfriend Brandy, and his best friend Angus. This book completely erased the option that he could have been bisexual, and that was very upsetting.

Cut Both Ways also had a lot of sex in it. Like a lot. And I don’t mind sex in books, in fact I often like it. But the sex in this book was just…crude? It wasn’t normal cringy YA sex scenes, it was just gross.

The plot was also not that great. Characters enter and then drop off the planet. Angus felt like a prop for Will to interact with, not an actual character. And worse nothing is resolved at the end. The book just ends.

Overall this was a 1 star book, and I wouldn’t advise anyone to read it.



2 thoughts on “Cut Both Ways – By Carrie Mesrobian”

  1. Awk how disappointing! And like insulting, mm? I kind of thought I might read this one someday but now definitely not.😳

    1. Yeah it really was. I was hoping for a positive representation. I found it insulting that bisexuality wasn’t even brought up. And overall Will was pretty negative about the idea of being gay. Which I get being scared to come out, and think about it. But this was just negativity.

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