Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Cut Both Ways, by Carrie Mesrobian
Mesrobian wants to make a big deal about Will's inability to identify himself as "bisexual" but I found no such depth in the character. Will would basically describe people like himself as "fucking douchebags" (it's fair to say that the book has an excessive amount of profanity in it!). He doesn't commit to anything, but simply drafts from one hedonistic pleasure to another. And -- spoiler! -- he never really changes in the end either. He mopes a bit about how "unfair" it is for him to two-time Brandy and Angus, but it doesn't stop him from thinking with his penis (and boring us with sharing how often he gets an erection). I found him a pretty despicable person. The constant profanity didn't help either. It's an interesting character study, but who cares about the result?
Which brings us to the overall problem of the story. The blurb for the book hints that Will will have to choose and that, no matter how he chooses, he will get hurt. The problem with this is that it's false advertising: Will never chooses anything! He, in fact, makes a habit of avoiding any decisions whatsoever (either by not acting or by avoiding people who would make him choose). He gets in a bit of trouble for this avoidance, but he never actually changes his behavior. For those who care about him, this would be a source of grief. For me, I feel no compunction with letting his pathetic story go.