Number of Pages: 342
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: April 1, 2014
“Lexi has a secret.
She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good.
Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her life, and there’s nothing she wants more than to start over.
But sometimes love has its own path…”
I started reading this book without having an inkling of what it was about. You might imagine my surprise when I discovered what a unique topic it discussed: a lesbian teenager who is forced to attend a summer camp to “fix” her love of the same-sex. I had never read a book like this before, but it immediately struck me as a daring and powerful move on the author’s part. Not only did this novel address the controversial issue of sexuality, but it also exposed those who oppose it for strictly religious reasons. I admired Jessica Verdi’s boldness, and so I dove into this book with an eager and open mind.
This book sucked me in right from the very beginning, and I ended up finishing it in only two days. I immediately felt like Lexi was a character that I could easily connect to- not because of her sexuality, but as a human being. The struggle she experiences regarding her identity is one that all teenagers go through at some point, even though it might not involve sexuality in every situation. It could manifest itself in trying to decide what to do after high school, what career path to pursue, what interests you’re truly passionate about. At some level we all go through this challenge in our lives, and therefore it’s Lexi’s general feeling of uncertainty that I could easily relate with. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you don’t need to like the same-sex in order to connect with and take a lot away from this story- I’m not, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel.
Apart from the uniqueness of the story itself and how easy Lexi was to relate with, I also really liked how all of the characters had so much depth to them. There was character development with Lexi, of course, but it absolutely did not stop there. It seemed as though almost every character experienced personal change and growth to some degree. Their views on sexuality, religion, and love in general were much different at the end from what they had originally been at the start. Everyone did not end up agreeing on the same topic by the end of the story, but I think that’s a great realistic touch. There are always going to be people in life that disagree with you, and that’s perfectly okay. As long as there is respect and compromise present, there is nothing wrong with having different opinions or values.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I felt as though the ending was rushed when compared to the pace of the rest of the book and I was still left with some questions, but other than that I thought it was great. Regardless of how you feel on the topic of sexuality or if you are part of the LGBTQ community yourself, I think this is definitely a book worth trying out.
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes!
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