Miss Riki’s Review:
When Cameron Post finds out that her parents have died suddenly in a car crash, she is filled with a sense of relief. Not relief that she’s lost her parents, but relief that they will never found out that hours earlier she was kissing a girl. Cameron is forced to move in with her old-fashioned grandmother and extremely conservative Aunt Ruth, complicating her attempts at fitting in within her Miles City, Montana community. When beautiful Coley Taylor moves to town, she and Cam become unlikely and fast friends, paving the way for Cameron’s intense feelings for Coley. After a night full of misinterpreted intentions, Cameron’s Aunt Ruth sends her away to “fix” everything that her conservative upbringing goes against.
This was an absolutely beautifully written and unflinchingly honest novel. It is the type of story that lingers with you long after the last pages are turned, leaving you thinking about the fate of the characters and how they fit into your own world. Cameron Post is by all means not a picture-perfect character. She is flawed and sarcastic, and often makes the wrong decisions, yet she is wholly and completely likeable in every way. Her honesty in relating to the world around her is refreshing and real. The pervasive sense of guilt and responsibility that Cameron carries with her for the bulk of the novel is heartbreaking.
This fiercely honest novel is a bold exploration of sexuality, identity, religion, and the human experience. It is candid in its depiction of the sexual lives of teens and never holds back from the intense emotion of being a teenager.
Because the novel does handle some pretty intense subject matter, including sexual situations, self-harm, and drug use, I recommend this novel for mature teen readers and adults.