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A TOP 10 RAINBOW LIST BOOK
William C. Morris YA Debut Award nominee Carrie Mesrobian delivers a “raw, sympathetic coming-of-age story [that] uncovers the messy, painful, yet vitally important process of self-discovery” (Booklist, starred review) when a high school senior comes 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 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 never-ending house renovations. And his mom—divorced and living in a McMansion with her new husband—isn’t much help, unless she’s buying Will a bunch of stuff he doesn’t need. Between the two of them, 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.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Carrie Mesrobian teaches writing to teens in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, Sex & Violence, was named a Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, in addition to being nominated for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. She has also written Just a Girl, Perfectly Good White Boy, and Cut Both Ways. Learn more about her and her fake boyfriends at www.carriemesrobian.com, or follow her on Twitter @carriemesrobian.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
my friend loved it so much she did not want to finish
Will is your typical teenager stuck between two divorced parents. Two very different environments as well. His father is on the poorer side. Since he works in construction, he decides to redo his house. When Will stays with his father, he is staying in a house that’s in shambles. He sleeps in the attic. And he’s most often alone, since his father is always out, usually secretly drinking and hiding it from Will and the family. Will’s mother has remarried and now has twin girls. Though Will of course loves his sisters, they really get on his nerves. Staying with his mother he’s basically living in a mansion, yet is constantly annoyed by his sisters, doesn’t have a great relationship with his stepfather, Jay, and is more often than not annoyed with his mother and her over-protectiveness. Going back and forth between the two houses, Will can’t seem to find a place that feels right. He settles on staying with his father, since there he has more freedom to hang out with his new girlfriend, Brandy. He’s also able to hang out with his friends too, basically whenever he chooses. I get like this. Always wanting so much. Feeling greedy. Desperate. I hate it. A major part of this story does center around Will’s attraction to two people, and how those two people happen to be different sexes. Will is extremely confused about his sexual preference, since he’s attracted to both his girlfriend, Brandy, and his best friend, Angus. One male, one female. But I have to say there’s a lot more to this story than that. This story is also about family, which was the part that affected me a lot more strongly. Overall an interesting take on a topic that I haven’t seen done too often. There have been quite a few books about gay males and females, but I’ve never read a book about what this author refers to as “bisexual erasure.” There’s also a nice author’s note at the end of the book that I think added quite a bit to the author’s state of mind regarding this story. I think this is one of those books that’s quite interesting, mainly because of its uniqueness. I’m eager to see what Carrie Mesrobian will come out with next. (Thank you to Harper Teen for the review copy!)