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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth


The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Young Adult: 480 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: February 7th, 2012
Challenge: None
Source: From publisher for review
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Learn More: Harper Collins
My first impression: Sounds like a fantastic, intense read!

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 love a YA book that tackles a strong subject. When I heard about The Miseducation of Cameron Post I wanted it right away. I felt a connection with Cameron before I even had the book in my hands. That is a rare thing!

I devoured the book. It was exactly what I thought it was going to be; Strong and intense! The Miseducation of Cameron Post is NOT a light read. Not only does it bear a hefty 480 pages, the books packs a lot of heart. You will fall for these characters in a way you didn't think you could.

Although I enjoyed the first 200 pages or so, I didn't think it was all necessary. The author put a lot into character development, so the storyline didn't go exactly how I thought it would. After finishing the novel, I realize every word in that book was needed. The Miseducation of Cameron Post would not have been the same if even one page was missing. Those first few chapters of introducing Cameron were necessary to get to know Cameron, to learn about her...to understand her.  Cameron was a profound character. She was pure and honest but most importantly she was realistic.

The Miseducation of Cameron is a very character driven novel, and I don't think I would have enjoyed it any other way. Please don't misunderstand me, the book packs a beautiful storyline; Raw and honest, but that storyline wouldn't have had the same effect if the author didn't put so much delicate care into her characters. Emily M. Danforth crafted something beautiful. A book about a small town, tragedy and self discovery.

Last impression: An awe-inspiring novel. This book should be in the hands of all boys and girls who are still discovering themselves.

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