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Sex And Violence

Extent: 304pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date: 24/04/2014

Price: £7.99

ISBN: 9781782432968

Categories: Fiction

About the Book

Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan Carter. He has a strategy – knows the profile of The Girl Who Would Say Yes. In each new town, each new school, he can count on plenty of action 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 which leaves Evan bleeding and broken, his father takes him to the family cabin in rural Pearl Lake, Minnesota, so Evan's body can heal. But what about his mind?

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 know 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 be Evan's best shot to untangle…sex and violence.

About the Author

Carrie Mesrobian grew up in Minnesota, where she teaches creative writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Born in 1974, she is half Armenian and half Norwegian and is a former high school Spanish instructor. She lives with her husband and daughter and dog in a suburb of Minneapolis and does not have any notable hobbies or super exciting interests, really. She likes coconut popsicles, Norman Reedus, books, thrift stores, crocheting, and country music. See? That's hardly riveting information! She's much more entertaining in other venues, however: Blog: Tumblr: Twitter: @CarrieMesrobian


  • 'As the title suggests, debut author Mesrobian takes aim at big topics, but what she's most interested in is the aftermath...By focusing on Evan, Mesrobian talks about hookup culture in a way that is character-based, not agenda-driven, and showcases a teenager who grows and changes without becoming unrecognizable.', Publishers Weekly
  • 'Utterly gripping', Kirkus Reviews
  • 'A great story, a brilliant debut and a read I highly recommend!', Once Upon a Bookcase
  • 'This is an amazing story, one that all older teens will benefit from reading', VOYA
  • 'Sex and Violence is never what it seems. It never goes where you expect it will. It is funny, scary, brutal, and tender. It is an honest meditation on masculinity. And it's all delivered through the eyes of a damaged genius of a boy, Evan Carter, who you hope so hard will be okay', Geoff Herbach, author of Stupid Fast
  • '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 Grasshopper Jungle
  • 'A knockout blow of a debut. Powerful, funny, brutal, and true.', Gayle Forman, New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay
  • 'A powerful book with lots of real strengths - notably the characters, who are well-rounded and interesting, and Evan's excellent narrative voice... a really strong debut', The Bookbag