Not what I was expecting. It is such a soulful, coming-of-age story.
Cameron Post is a star swimmer and track athlete. At the age of 12, she loses both her parents in a horrendous car crash. Since then, Cam is being raised by her paternal Grandmother, and her maternal aunt (Ruth). Aunt Ruth is a born-again Christian. When she discovers that Cam is lesbian, she sends her to a Christian conversion therapy center. There, through her friendships, Cameron learns to accept herself for who she is.
The novel is set in 1990’s semi-rural Montana. It is with her best friend, Irene, that at the age of 12 Cam first begins to experiment. When her parents die soon after, Cam is relieved. Because they will never know what she was doing with Irene when they died. As a teenager, Cam continues to hide her attraction to girls. Afraid that everyone, including her conservative family, will find out.
There is a lot of depth to this book. I felt as if I were reading Cam’s diary. That’s how honest and raw the story felt. It’s also pretty open-ended. Usually something like that would bother me. But with this book, it doesn’t. I don’t need answers to every single thing. It would be an injustice to the novel.
At it’s heart, it is the story of a 15 year old girl discovering her sexuality and coming to terms with it in an ultra-conservative environment. And the power of true friendship. A delightful read.
Oh and apparently it’s a movie now. Who knew.
A late 90’s satire of gender norms/constructs. The main character, Megan, is a teenage cheerleader whose family suspects she is lesbian and sends her away to a conversion therapy clinic. It is a campy, funny movie tackling big social issues.
Prompt: a book set in the decade you were born
(90’s whoop whoop! Wonder where my Tamagotchi is…)