Release Date: February 7, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
I don’t know where to even begin with this review. I loved The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth, and I don’t think that I can possibly explain all the reasons why I loved it. You’re just going to have to trust me. That cover made me click the link to Goodreads, but the blurb made me think I have to have this book. It sounded completely unique to me and it definitely was. It was also nothing like I was expecting. It was even better.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is richly detailed and very character driven and that makes the pacing slower than most YA contemps. The pace was never an issue for me, and that’s coming from someone that gets bored pretty easily. I was hooked within the first few pages. So much so that I really never wanted to put it down.
The book follows Cameron’s day to day life mostly. Like I said, it’s a character driven novel. Cameron had a distinct, honest, and realistic voice. It was very hard to get her out of my head even when I wasn’t reading. Not that I really wanted to because I adored her. She had some heartbreaking things happen to her, but throughout it she was strong. I wish that she would have stood up for herself more, but I guess that’s just not who she really was. I think we only scratched the surface with her anyway. She was very complex.
There are lots of characters in the book. Lots. I loved every single one. Even Aunt Ruth and all her faults. Grandma, Jamie, Coley, Jane, and, Adam were fantastic and just as realistic as Cameron. The small town setting was perfect for the story and I also loved that Danforth doesn’t hold back when it comes to what teens do in their free. Well, at least most teens. That’s another reason the story is so believable.
Mostly, I just loved The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I hope that I make that clear. *grin* The ending was a tiny bit surprising. I was really hoping Cameron would take a stand, but things go in a different direction. There were also a lot of things left open. I guess I can come to my own conclusions, but this is one of the rare cases where I wouldn’t mind having a sequel to a contemporary book. Honestly, I will read anything that Emily M. Danforth writes in the future. Her writing is lush and beautiful. Her characters are so realistic that they have been lingering in my mind for days. This is a superb debut and I highly recommend it.