02 February 2012

{Book Review} The Miseducation of Cameron Post

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 February 2012 at 2:36 PM | | | | | |

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Author: Emily M Danforth
Format: ARC
Pages: 480
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publish Date: February 7, 2012
Rating: 4 Birds

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief she’ll never have to tell them that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief soon turns to heartbreak, as Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and not making waves, and Cam becomes an expert at this—especially at avoiding any questions about her sexuality.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. To Cam’s surprise, she and Coley become best friends—while Cam secretly dreams of something more. Just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, her secret is exposed. Ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she’s not quite sure who that is.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.

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My take: I figured reading the synopsis of a girl who is learning to find herself would just mean – this is going to be some strange adventure through the life of Cameron.

Though it’s true that it was an adventure through the life of a troubled girl who was extremely conflicted in her thoughts…it was kind of slow moving at points because it was just consistent thoughts from the girl about where her life was headed, and who would see her through it all.  She no longer had parents, and she’d kissed a girl, but now with her conservative aunt looking after her, what would happen?

The truth comes out to Aunt Ruth, things take a turn, and Cameron finds herself finally grieving her parents, figuring out that she can have a set circle of friends (not just a come and go circle as she’s learned in the past) and coming to conclusions and realizations about herself. 

The reality of the book is what really drew me in and kept me reading though.  It showed things that I feel so many young people go through in learning about themselves…the thoughts, the feelings, the behind the scenes if you will.  At times it was a lot to take in from the standpoint of Cameron, but then I realized…that’s really what it’s like for some kids growing up.  There’s so much to look at in life, and we don’t all get the chance to sit there and analyze it.

All in all, it’s a great book…and the only reason I knocked it down to a 4 is because of the slowness that sometimes had me going “I should just put this down, it’s not getting anywhere.”  But I’m glad I stuck with it, because it was a truly good book.

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