Carrie Mesrobian Releases Debut Novel, SEX & VIOLENCE
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Sex & Violence probes the many emotional gray areas of teen life. Published by Carolrhoda Lab, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Carrie Mesrobian's unflinching YA novel introduces readers to seventeen-year-old Evan, a teen for whom sex has always come easily without consequences. In each new town, each new school, he can count on finding plenty of "Girls Who Would Say Yes" before he and his father move again. Getting down is never a problem, until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time.
After an assault that leaves Evan scarred inside and out, he and his father retreat to the family cabin in rural Minnesota-which, ironically, turns out to be the one place where Evan can't escape other people. Including himself.
Nothing seems natural to Evan anymore. Nothing seems safe. The fear-and the guilt-are inescapable. He can't sort out how he feels about anyone, least of all himself. Evan's never really known another person well, and Pearl Lake is the kind of place where people know everything about each other-where there might be other reasons to talk to a girl. It's all annoying as hell. It might also offer Evan his best shot at making sense of his life again.
Praise for Sex & Violence:
"This is a pitch-perfect, daring novel about how sex and violence fracture a life and the painstakingly realistic process of picking up the pieces....Utterly gripping." -starred, Kirkus Reviews
"This is one hell of an impressive debut, filled with a pervasive undercurrent of fear, tension, and uncertainty you get from staring down into the deepest, darkest, coldest lake. Sex & Violence deserves shelf space alongside the classics of adolescent-themed fiction." -Andrew Smith, author of The Marbury Lens and Stick
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