Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting!
Coming February 7, 2012!
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
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.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.
This sounds like a sweet read that simultaneously deals with real issues -- her parents death, her sexuality, her aunt's ignorance and horrifying "fix". Cam's aunt sounds so much like a lot of close-minded people I know that I think this book will feel very authentic to me -- and I'm excited to see how it turns out (Cam's got to break down her aunt's ignorance, right?). Also, I could be wrong about this, but I think there seem to be more YA novels about gay boys than girls. Do you think that's true? Maybe it's because gay men have more of a stigma in our society for a whole host of complicated reasons (that's not to say that gay women don't face prejudice too) -- but anyway, I'm glad to see the other side of the coin receiving some YA attention. Also, I just generally love debut authors.
What do you think? What are you waiting on this week?