Welcome to our stop on the Cam Girl tour for Leah Raeder!
Author: Leah Raeder
Reading Level: New Adult
Released: November 3, 2015
Review Source: Atria Books
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...
Cam Girl takes us on a whirlwind ride through the emotions and struggles of Vada. Vada and Ellis were best friends, and more, until a car accident does some damage.
Cam Girl, though keeping me interested the entire time through, did start off a bit slow. About halfway through things picked up, and when they picked up THEY PICKED UP. Vada was such an interesting character to read. I'd never had a character be so broken. I almost felt exactly the way she felt and I'd say that's a testament to Raeder's writing. You're completely consumed by it.
A lot of what holds your interest is wanting to know who the heck the mystery guy "Blue" is! I never had a clue, and I love that I couldn't guess! Along with this mystery, Vada's arc is also a huge interest grabber. You just don't know what to expect from her storyline. She pushes and pulls Ellis and battles her emotions constantly so you never really knew how she'd end up. Overall Cam Girl by Leah Raeder was a brilliant read with a great cast. I loved it!
Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. She is also the USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable and Black Iris. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago. Visit her at www.leahraeder.com.