First of all Emily M. Danforth's prose throughout this novel is noteworthy and amazingly refined! The language and complexity of the syntax and diction is not lessened for a younger audience. Everything about the book flows really well, the sentences feed nicely into each other and the pages just fly by.
Cameron is a wonderful character to read about, and I'm sure there are plenty of teens that can relate to her feelings whether they are LGBT or not. That is what is so wonderful about this book in general. Cameron shares so many feelings and experiences with the reader that it is hard not to imagine yourself in her shoes at one time or another. The book deals with some tough and controversial issues, but it is done in a way that does not offend or make assumptions. It is clearly a well thought out story.
Emily M. Danforth wrote a very powerful book, and it is beautifully done. I hope that there will be more from this debut author!
When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief she'll never have to tell them that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief soon turns to heartbreak, as Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and not making waves, and Cam becomes an expert at this-especially at avoiding any questions about her sexuality.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. To Cam's surprise, she and Coley become best friends-while Cam secretly dreams of something more. Just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, her secret is exposed. 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 quite sure who that is.