Official Review: Cut Both Ways by Sello Moroe

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any young adult books.
Forum rules
Authors and publishers are not able to post replies in the review topics.
Post Reply
User avatar
ReviewerDiksha
Posts: 431
Joined: 02 Jul 2017, 05:15
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 110
2017 Reading Goal: 80
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 33
Currently Reading: Dead Man's Folly
Bookshelf Size: 110
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-reviewerdiksha.html
Latest Review: Cut Both Ways by Sello Moroe

Official Review: Cut Both Ways by Sello Moroe

Post by ReviewerDiksha »

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Cut Both Ways" by Sello Moroe.]
Book Cover
1 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


The story of Cut Both Ways begins with a conflict between Apile and Tso. Both of them are at crossroads with a key decision regarding the organization that they worked so hard to build from scratch. Finding no way to make Tso see the sentiment of her side, seeing that he is as obstinate as ever to even try and view things from her perspective, Apile decides to quit the company. Sometime later, she starts working for another organization. A problem arises when Tso realises that a certain project will bring him face to face with Apile. With the conflict still fresh in both of their minds, he decides to find an alternate way to make things work. However, instead of simplifying the matter, it further complicates things as unlikely romance blossoms between them. Moreover, there are family secrets that make it even harder for them to end up together. Will love conquer all, or will it meet a sad end?

My rating for Cut Both Ways by Sello Moroe is 1 out of 4 stars. This story has all the clichés that make any romance enjoyable. In fact, it has some good twists, riveting turns and quite a few emotional scenes. The problem is that it is not written well. The writing style is too simple for its own good. The description of characters and surroundings doesn’t go beyond describing their faces and figures. Even if it does indulge the reader by describing the moods and emotions of certain characters, it doesn’t succeed so well. This flaw is further augmented by the fact that there are no likeable characters here. They are mediocre at best, and even if we do find someone we can care about, they aren’t treated so well by the writer.

What further irked me about this story was its focus on toxic characters and how it tries to make us care for them. For the most part, they seem well-meaning, normal people. You don't particularly like them, but there is no reason to hate them either. This is until phrases like this come along.
“Upon acquiring Naka…”, “…which lady will live without man’s attention…”.

On one side, the author has presented the female characters in this story as strong and independent, but on the other, he’s got the male characters talking like this. Further, there are a couple of other male characters that seem inherently bad. They display controlling and narcissistic behaviour and treat women like garbage, and yet, the narrator seems to be in awe of them. What’s worse is that these characters don’t even contribute to the storyline. What’s the purpose of introducing them at all?

Normally, even if I don’t like a novel so much, I do consider the audience that would find it better. Opinions differ, and something I didn’t enjoy might be someone else’s cup of tea. Without the toxic masculinity part, I would have recommended this book to amateur and young readers. People who love romance novels might have enjoyed it. However, I believe that the author needs to give some serious thought to what he wants to put out into the world. A part of me considers the possibility that I might have interpreted things wrong. Perhaps, there was something else the storyteller was hinting at. If that’s the case, then a rewrite is necessary.

If I had to write down something in favour of the book, it would be this. Apart from a couple of grammatical mistakes, the book is well-edited. The story has some potential and would make a great read if the writing style is improved, along with the depiction of the characters.

******
Cut Both Ways
View: on Bookshelves

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 9849
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2019 Reading Goal: 95
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 86
Currently Reading: Sunshine at the Academy
Bookshelf Size: 330
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: Kyle and The Key by Pam Dabon

Post by kandscreeley »

The editing of the book doesn't redeem this one in my eyes. It's not a story I'd pick, and it sounds like the author has some serious rewriting to do on it anyway. Thanks.
Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
-Louisa May Alcott

kdstrack
Posts: 4529
Joined: 10 May 2017, 19:49
2019 Reading Goal: 100
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 125
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 106
Currently Reading: Homecoming
Bookshelf Size: 348
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kdstrack.html
Latest Review: No One Has More Love Than This... by Warren Robinson

Post by kdstrack »

The twists and emotional scenes show the author's potential. Hopefully, the author can rewrite some of the characters to capitalize on the positives in the book. Thanks for your review of this book.

User avatar
Prisallen
Posts: 2705
Joined: 27 Feb 2019, 18:57
2019 Reading Goal: 104
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 69
Favorite Book: The Unbound Soul
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 98
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-prisallen.html
Latest Review: Rescued by E. Alan Fleischauer

Post by Prisallen »

This definitely does not sound like a book I would like to read in its current form. Thank you for a wonderful review!

User avatar
esp1975
Posts: 1794
Joined: 21 May 2019, 17:00
Favorite Book: Among Others
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 82
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-esp1975.html
Latest Review: Division by Desy Smith

Post by esp1975 »

Congratulations on managing to finish the book. I know that when I do not like the characters, I just want to put the book down and leave it there.
Latest Review: Division by Desy Smith

User avatar
Kaylee123
Posts: 230
Joined: 01 Feb 2019, 13:55
2019 Reading Goal: 15
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 140
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 46
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kaylee123.html
Latest Review: The Bipolar A Novel by Prudhviraju Gadapa

Post by Kaylee123 »

I hate books where none of the characters are likable. Thanks for writing the review. I liked that you were fair and explained yourself well even though you gave it 1 star.

User avatar
Nisha Ward
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 2090
Joined: 04 Feb 2019, 15:00
2019 Reading Goal: 40
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 97
Favorite Author: Garth Nix
Favorite Book: A Murder is Announced
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 215
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-nisha-ward.html
Latest Review: Rogue Genes by Jardine Henry Hart
Reading Device: B0794RHPZD
fav_author_id: 4351

Post by Nisha Ward »

It has potential but the bad editing and the toxic masculinity makes this a no.
"...while a book has got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the reader it's got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the writer as well." - Terry Pratchett on The Last Continent and his writing.

User avatar
RoxieReads
Posts: 197
Joined: 28 Jun 2019, 20:10
2019 Reading Goal: 5
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 280
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 16
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-roxiereads.html
Latest Review: Code Name Lily by Julien Ayotte

Post by RoxieReads »

Thanks for the thoughtful review! I always greatly dislike to read books that have such toxic masculinity, even if the female characters are strong.
~Roxie~

User avatar
owachtel
Posts: 15
Joined: 05 Aug 2019, 10:30
Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Bookshelf Size: 220
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-owachtel.html
Latest Review: I'm Swimming in the Toilet... PLEASE DON'T FLUSH! by Len Foley

Post by owachtel »

It really is disconcerting that the author's most favored characters are the most misogynistic. Hopefully he meant to convey a less toxic message and simply failed to write it well.
Thank you for the honest and fair review!

Post Reply

Return to “Young Adult Fiction Books”