I’ve Been a Bad Ally

Hello and happy Wednesday. I usually try to read my fair share of LGBTQ* books, but I don’t know why I haven’t in a while. The last LGBTQ* book I’ve read in I don’t know how long was The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi, and it made up for the months in which I’ve been a bad ally.

I liked this book from the beginning because it starts setting the scene for the reader, describing the location and a little bit of the plot and the characters without telling right away what’s going on.

Now, when we are finally introduced to the core of the plot, the story gets a vibe similar to The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth, which is a total LGBTQ* must. If you’ve read both stories, you’ll know why I think they have a similar vibe. For me, it was one more reason to love this book.

I think I’ve read my fair share of LGBTQ* books, but this story was different from what I’ve already read. Lexi, the main character, is going to a camp to basically stop being gay, which is a common scenario for this kind of novels. The difference is that Lexi seems to actually want the camp to work. That fact itself makes this read stand out, and is very promising.

I also really like the fact that there is a back story, and that this is not just about Lexi and her experience in camp. There’s family drama, and Lexi appears to be the one taking care of her mother and not the other way around.

Of course, this is YA, so there has to be romance. There’s an insta crush, but in this story it’s super cute, so I totally let it slide.

The way this story is constructed is amazing because it’s full of tiny flashbacks that help us understand Lexi and her reasons for going to camp. I’m always down for flashbacks in a story and I think they make it way more interesting.

Because this story is set in a camp, it did remind me of But I’m a Cheerleader, but of course, unlike the movie, this is not a parody. This story is by no means a comedy, and there are bits that some people might find triggering. For me, it is a total LGBT* must and I’m happy to have read it.

As always, if you know of a similar book that I might like, please share it in the comments below and I’ll be sure to read and review it.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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