Monday, July 14, 2014

Evergreen™ Featured Title: Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World by Janet Cameron
House Parties. Pick-Up Trucks. Cherry-Vanilla Ice-Cream. Prom Night. Unrequited Love. Welcome to the spring of 1987 and the world of Stephen Shulevitz who, with three months of high school to go in the small town of Riverside, Nova Scotia, has just realized he's fallen in love--with exactly the wrong person. As Stephen navigates his last few months before college dealing with his overly dependent mother, his distant, pot-smoking father, and his dysfunctional best friends Lana and Mark, he must decide between love and childhood friendship; between the person he is and the person he can be. But sometimes leaving the past behind is harder than it seems. Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World is a bittersweet story of growing up and of one young man finding happiness on his own terms.
If this intrigues you, be sure to check out Janet Cameron’s website, where she shares information about writing this novel as well as some of her inspiration for its 80s setting – including a massive playlist of great songs and music videos from the 80s.
Cameron also wrote a series for the National Post recently that touches on some of her writerly interests and the launch of this book. You can still read them, and get a feel for her approach to novel writing.
If the theme of this novel, Stephen’s discovery that he is more attracted to his best friend than his girlfriend, is what fascinates you, you might want to explore this timeline of LGBT history in Canada.
Don’t forget, if you read this book as part of SPL’s STARR Summer Reading program, you can claim 2 stamps on your Rewards Card, and also be eligible to vote during Ontario Public Library Week in October to choose the winner of the Evergreen™ Award!

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