Can’t Wait Wednesday: Like Water | Rebecca Podos

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released as well. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

A gorgeously written and deeply felt literary young adult novel of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love, from the widely acclaimed author of The Mystery of Hollow Places

In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now, she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.

That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself, and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.

With her signature stunning writing, Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places, has crafted a story of first love and of the complex ways in which the deepest parts of us are hidden, even from ourselves. [via GoodReads]

Like Water is set to publish on October 17th, 2017.

Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post | Emily M. Danforth

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I put the feelers out there that I was starting this book, I was met with nothing but praise about it! I initially picked it up as my next read because I discovered [via Tumblr] that it was becoming a feature film. I’m one of those snobs that like to read a book before seeing the movie or TV show it’s based on. [That doesn’t always happen though.]

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a Young Adult novel about a girl coming to terms with her queerness. It will make you laugh out loud, it will break your heart and you will throw things because who the fuck sends a person to gay conversion therapy? A fucking maniac, that’s who. [I’m looking at you, Aunt Ruth.]

Cameron is an extremely relatable character, because while I may not have been sent to Christian Conversion Therapy, I kept my queerness a secret for years until my Birthgiver figured it out when I was 20. I was so beginning to love Cam and Coley until Coley evidently spilled the beans about Cam’s sexuality. WHAT THE FUCK, COLEY? Not to mention, Cam never gets any closure about that.

There’s a bit of artwork in this book but the one that made me laugh the most was Lindsay’s postcard to Cam.

One thing I did find to be pretty drudge-y is the author’s seemingly DESPERATE NEED to talk about everything country and Montana while trying to tangle all this nostalgia into the plot.

Overall, this was a GREAT read if you can get through the drudge-y bits.

I also want to warn to some triggering bits with this, there’s a character that self-harms and it’s mentioned in detail. May also be a little graphic because it definitely made me cringe.

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