The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Length: 470 pages
Subjects: Queer lit, Romance, Self Discovery
How I obtained the book: Library; hardcover
When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship–one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, 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 exactly 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.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a very important book. It’s something much more influential and significant than an average contemporary and its impact is something I can’t fully describe. There’s something so powerful about well written, fully fleshed out queer lit – it’s something that helps validate our identities. Representation is important, but well written representation can change lives because there’s something about a well written queer book that tells us that we’re worth the time and effort to make a good book.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is one of these books.
Cameron Post is a remarkable protagonist. She’s one of the most fleshed out protagonist that I’ve encountered, a gemstone of YA lit. Yes, everyone will be able to relate with Cameron Post, regardless of sexuality or gender, the most important thing is that queer kids everywhere will be able to look up to Cameron Post and relate to her and her troubles.
What makes Cameron Post stick out to me is how resilient and headstrong she is. Authors often make the mistake of equating strong characters with unfeeling characters, which is a huge mistake. Strong characters cannot be described in one way but Cameron’s strength lies in her resilience. She experiences ups and downs and moments of weakness but throughout her incredible hardships, she perseveres and manages to not only survive it but find light in it too.
The secondary characters are all nicely written and unique and memorable in their own ways. emily m. danforth wrote a bunch of interesting and diverse characters including a disabled lesbian who hides pot in her prosthetic leg and a two-spirit Native American teenager.
emily m. danforth’s writing style is gorgeous in a very simple way. It’s not flowing or what I would usually describe as gorgeous. There are just some writers that can manage to convey so much more beyond what they said and emily is one of them. It’s simple and eloquent and reminds me a lot of the pastels used on the cover.
I can’t explain why exactly but pastel is one of the most accurate words I can think of to describe this book. It’s summer nights, quiet walks in a park, going out to eat ice cream, fireflies, and pastel colors all rolled up into one. Yeah, it sounds very odd but it’s true.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a book that should have been written years ago because there are a lot of queer people out there that needed this book while growing up. But at least, kids like me can look at it and say, “yes, this is who I am and there’s no problem with it.” Hopefully, emily m. danforth’s will make a change for the better in YA lit, opening us up to queer storylines with beautiful prose and even more beautiful characters.