Cam Girl by Leah Raeder

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Title: Cam Girl

Author: Leah Raeder

Publisher: Atria

Pages:  442 (Hardcover),  415 (Paperback),  432 (Ebook)

Release Date: November 3, 2015

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 brings back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront the devastating secrets she’s been running from—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…

My Thoughts:

This book started off very hard for me to read. I found Vada’s depression and overall recklessness made me feel very depressed and irritable. Once I got to the part when she becomes cam girl, she was a bit less annoying. Other wise, I generally liked this book even though for Vada’s character flaws. This book is LGBT+ book which is something I don’t normally read but is a great book dealing with self acceptance.

Pros:

The Feels: Even though Vada’s depression made it difficult for me to read, I was able to feel her pain. Once she starts to feel for “Blue”, I felt so estacic for her. Leah Raeder did a great job conveying emotion in such a way readers can relate to it

Art: There is a lot of art references in this book. Personally, I loved it. Art is another one of my passions so I got a kick out of famous artworks and artists mentioned in this book. Vada is an artist so she describes things in a very visual way.

LGBT+ Theme: Like I said in My Thoughts section, this book has these themes. This book deals with a lot of self acceptance and the family.

Cons:

Vada’s Depression: Even though this one a Pro but it’s also a Con. Her depression hit me like a ton of bricks, it made it difficult to pick up the book to keep reading or even keep reading in the first place. It took me two months to get past the heaviest part of the of Vada’s depression and that’s the in the first third of the book.

Descriptions: You are reading in first-person, in Vada’s mind. Vada is very artistic but after awhile I don’t need to read how the same body of water looks like three times and basically describing the same each time but just different wording.

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