When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl. But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship — one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self — even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.
Author: Emily M. Danforth
Format: Paperback Copy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
This is one of the first books that I have read in my starting an LGBT+ exclusive bookshelf, and so far it’s my favourite.
This book focuses on a few different issues faced by LGBT+ people, including homophobia in state culture and homophobia in religion. It also considers a person discovering themselves and their sexuality, and how that affects their relationships with other people.
Right from the start, Danforth shows how scared LGBT+ people can get over being accepted, this is clear through the fear Cameron has of her family knowing she kissed a girl. I think even though this is right at the start, its an important part of the book.
It’s difficult to write some of this without including spoilers so although I won’t talk outright about what happens, some of whats ahead may be considered spoiler-ish
*** This book made me feel so much emotion. I felt so much empathy with Cameron through her parents dying, her experiences with other girls, and her family’s reaction to her homosexuality. One thing that this book made me feel a lot of is anger, particularly considering what Coley Taylor doe to Cameron and her lack of remorse. However, I also think it is important as it shows negative situations which could occur. It also makes me angry that people think homosexuality can be changed, surely all this situation would consist of would be convincing yourself you’re a bad person every time you have ‘homosexual thoughts’? I think me starting to rant is evidence of my anger haha…***
Reading books like this also reminds me of how lucky I am to be so accepted with friends and family, regardless of my sexuality. However, it also reminds me (and others) that not everyone is so lucky with how they are treated, and this is an important thing to remember when considering any LGBT+ issues.
I really really enjoyed this book. I even really liked the ending. I thought it was quite unexpected, but it left it quite open, and I will desperately hope that a sequel is written.