Friday, 15 June 2018

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danford

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danford
Publication date: 3 August 2017
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Coming of Age, LGBT+

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 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, 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 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.


My Thoughts
I want to give the book 5 stars so bad but I just can't justify it. I'm going to start by talking about the negatives of this book. The main one being this book would benefit from being shorter, it dragged quite a bit in the beginning and lots of the build up could have been shortened. also this book was told in 1st person which really worked for most of the book but some of the things Cammie thought were insensitive and ignorant with a one point a mildly transphobic comment being made. While I feel like this was added in to show she was a teen who didn't have all the answers, it was unnecessary and might offend some people who want to read this book.

However, I think this book was amazing. it really impacted me but trigger warning for self harm, suicide attempt (maybe), sexual assault is mentioned but never is any details given and death. This book was brilliant at showing a more sympathetic view on the people who run institution like Promise. You're given the impression these people truly want to help and are doing what they think is best even if they're help is misinformed. For the first time ever I had to put a book down because of how harrowing and intense one of the scenes was, yet this is the only scene which is a struggle to get through and it's key to the story

In conclusion, this book was brilliant. I think it will be great for anyone no matter what sexuality. It's very eye opening book and I'm so glad I read it.