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Meet Book #3: Cut Both Ways


Figure 1. This might happen to you after you see this cover. Be careful, yall.



Today I’m happy to introduce you to the cover art for my third YA novel, Cut Both Ways, which will be released September 1, 2015 by HarperCollins.

Erin Fitzsimmons made this beautiful cover, which manages to encompass several different motifs and themes in it and I’m very delighted to share it with you.

I’m happy to partner with, who are also featuring the cover art today, as well as an interview about the book itself. Go there to see more!

Okay…want to see?



















Figure 1. Hello, my book! You are very fancy!

Figure 2. Hello, my book! You are very fancy!


Here is the jacket copy:

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.

To read a short interview with me about the book, go to!

To add to your TBR pile: BookLikes / GoodReads

To preorder: HarperCollins / IndieBound / Barnes & Noble / Amazon







dixonne getting it DONE

Figure 1. photo created by Christa Desir, who is THE BEST EVER


Get it here or here or here or here.

Or wait until Friday and get a signed copy from Addendum at the release party.

Kirkus and Publishers Weekly both gave it starred reviews, so you know, there’s that.

But you don’t want to listen to me, here are the opinions of some other perfectly good white boys:


Figure 2. Even my swaggy Highlander agrees: I AM READY

Figure 2. “I dinnae ken why you aren’t buying this book, lass. Much like myself and Claire, it’ll feel like god once you’re inside it.”


Plus, The McConaughey says:


Figure 3. Another perfectly good white boy agrees...

Figure 3. Which really could be construed as a sales pitch, as well


Jamie Dornan is a bit more serious in his plea:


Figure 4. "Put your clothes on and get to the bookstore already. Use your reason, woman."

Figure 4. “Put your clothes on and get to the bookstore already. Stop staring at my biceps and get a hold of yourself.”


And finally, the actual truth of the matter:


Figure 5. "I haven't read it yet but I've heard Carrie say half of that shit before anyway and it's funny enough."

Figure 5. “I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard Carrie say half of that shit before anyway and it’s funny enough so go spend the damn 18 bucks already. I need to sheetrock our bedrooms.”







Win an annotated ARC of Perfectly Good White Boy

Figure 1. Perfectly Good White Boy, on sale October 1, 2014

Figure 1. Perfectly Good White Boy, on sale October 1, 2014

What is an annotated ARC? It’s an advanced review copy of Perfectly Good White Boy that fell between my bed and the wall that I thought I’d given away, but hadn’t (OBVIOUSLY) and then decided to doodle in, little notes about where I got the ideas for things, crossed-out parts that got fixed in the real version, various marginalia.

(I stole this idea from Molly Backes, by the way.)

Anyway, in order to be considered, you need to do Twitter things.

*waits while all the non-Twitter users leave the auditorium*

You need to tweet at me a break-up sex haiku. This is because, among other things, there is a fair amount of Break-Up Sex in Perfectly Good White Boy. 

(There’s also other stuff, but I’m sure you’ll thank me for not asking you to write #DeerHuntingHaikus)

The tweets need to be tagged as #BreakUpSexHaikus or #BreakUpSexHaiku – however you like, depending on your character count needs.

The contest ends at midnight Central Standard Time, on Monday, September 22nd, 2014.

There is only one annotated ARC available, alas. So serve me up some Twitter prurience and you could win it!

EDITED TO ADD: Andrew Karre will kick in five actual non-annotated copies of the book for his five favorites as well. Heeehawww!




Additional Happy News: PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY gets a starred review from Publishers Weekly




From the review:

“Mesrobian, who took on hookup culture in her acclaimed debut, Sex and Violence, excels at conveying the awkwardness and wonder of sex, and the erotic life of a teenage boy…”

Getting credit for writing about awkward, wondrous sex? This pleases me like you don’t even know. Read the whole thing here. 




Figure 1. Perfectly Good White Boy, on sale October 1, 2014

Figure 1. Perfectly Good White Boy, on sale October 1, 2014


Four Fun Facts about Perfectly Good White Boy!

1) Yes, the title is a reference to Better Off Dead. Which if you haven’t seen it, then what are you sitting here for? Get on that shit.


Figure 2. John Cusack kills it in this thing


2) I have never ever been deer hunting. That’s probably not going to change. Venison tastes gross to me. Also, I can’t blink one of my eyes so shooting things is never gonna happen. Also, I’m not interested in shooting things.

However, I have shot a shot-gun, though. Holy shit, that was uncomfortable for me. Guns are super LOUD! Even with ear plugs in! Also, some of them are HEAVY. And forget about hitting the target. I could barely figure out how to work the apparatus. I was scared the whole time, actually.


Figure 2: Shotguns. Those bastards are HEAVY.

Figure 3: Shotguns. Those bastards are HEAVY. And my muscles are far from Dixon-esque.


3) Actual Real People often inspire Fake People. I based Layne in Sex & Violence and Kerry in Perfectly Good White Boy on these two guys who used to run the baler at the thrift store job I had. Yes: one had KICK ASS! tattooed on his knuckles; they both had little kids, but none of them are named Harry. I still have fond memories of both of them.


Figure 3. Kinda badass, right?

Figure 4. Kinda badass, right?


4) Post-Break-Up Sex: Icky Yet Irresistible. The idea of not understanding when a relationship is over yet being compelled to continue seeing each other sexually? That was on my mind when I started Perfectly Good White Boy. THEN I heard this Kenny Chesney song. You’d think Kenny Chesney is some kind of closet-case Jimmy Buffett, but man, think there are so many undertones of secret obsessions in this song. Also, the video is horrible. Don’t watch that unless you want to have gross feelings.

Also, here are my country-music-free thoughts on the matter. 


Figure 5. Well. Not really. But you get the idea.

Figure 5. Well. Not really. But you get the idea.