on November 3, 2015
Published by Atria Books, Simon and Schuster Format: eARC
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Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart. Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.
Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone. She’s got nothing left to lose.
So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.
It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question: Can we meet IRL?
Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that will bring back a ghost from her past.
Now Vada must confront what she’s been running from. A past full of devastating secrets—those of others and those she’s been keeping from herself…
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While Cam Girl may not fit the traditional romance ideals, at its core, it truly is just that: a romance.
We have two people, Vada and Ellis, one knows who they are but questions if they really want to be with boys or girls; and the other who knows who they want to be with, but struggles with the gender they were assigned at birth. One thing they both know is that they love the other intensely and fiercely.
And really? When it comes to love, does it matter who or what you identify as. Love is love.
More than a brilliant coming of age novel about two people wanting and needing to be together despite societal norms. It’s an eye-opening glimpse into the struggles members of the LGBTQIA community face daily of not fitting into the X/Y pink/blue label society says they need to fit in. We also see the effects when others can’t or won’t accept a person because they don’t fit a specific gender role. Leah encourages us to read the acknowledgments and I encourage you to read them BEFORE you start reading. You’ll find Cam Girl is a personal story for Leah; it may make you pause while reading to realize that the feelings and thoughts expressed through these characters are felt by living breathing people every day. Leah continues to be one of my must-read authors. She brings me out of my comfort zone and makes me think. Her stories continue to be emotional and thought-provoking and with Cam Girl, she gives a voice to those that need it most but rarely get one.