- “Cam Girl” by L. Raeder
Published on November 3rd
Cam Girl is Elliot Finley Wake (aka Leah Raeder)’s latest book, and it seems to be to be an amplified version of his previous books. Unteachable was provoking, deep, realistic; Black Iris was entrancing, dark, confusing; now we get Cam Girl, a daring, very artistic book exploring the themes of sexuality, gender roles and forgiveness. The book begins when the protagonist has a car accident; you will notice right away the visual imagery, often relating to art, that makes this book stand out, associated with Wake’s already-poetic style. The tale that follows is one of a girl who lost everything. It is awfully eye-opening, casting criticism on social norms and expectations. When I closed this book, I felt an overwhelming love, hope, gratefulness and awe towards art and the universe around me, and these kinds of books, the kinds that make me see a different reality, that changed my world a little, they’re the ones I keep reading for.
“If you tell a story enough times, it sounds like fiction. You don’t feel that visceral throb of resonance with the person who is you, who did the things you did.”