11/04/2014

Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post {Emily M. Danforth}

Written by Emily M. Danforth
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When Cameron's parents die in a car crash, her first feelings are relief. Relief that they'll never know, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl. But relief doesn't last, and when Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother, she knows that survival means blending in. And hiding who she really is. After years of getting good at stealth, Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley, with her perfect boyfriend. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship; but just when Cam feels like she's found that something more, her ultra-religious aunt Ruth decides to take drastic action to 'fix' her niece. And Cam is brought face-to-face with the possibility of a life lived denying her true self.
 

This is a book that I find somewhat out-of-place in YA, mostly because while reading it, I couldn't help but think of it as literary fiction. Maybe that's a bad thing to say, as though I'm discrediting all other Young Adult books or something. I'm not. It's just this book had a more complex, multi layered, adult feel to it. It reminded me of those old classics you get made to read at school and, somehow, end up falling in love with.

To quote my pal Logan Echolls, this book was "epic, spanning years and continents". Well, maybe not continents. But it does follow Cameron's life from a child to a young adult, chronicling the important events that led her to where she was. And that made her who she is.

It's rich with detail so absurdly vivid, and character-driven in a way I've never read before. This book is about Cameron and her journey and nothing else. And it doesn't need to be about anything else, because her story is spectacular and engrossing enough all on its own.

Cameron didn't fall into any stereotypes and reading her authentic, honest and strong narrative was an amazing experience. She's witty, funny, brave, and doesn't shy away from who she is. She embraces her self as much as anyone living in Miles City, Montana can in the 90s. 

This is a girl who wants to feel and connect and be a part of something bigger; someone who doesn't hold back. I loved Cameron for that. When I thought she should say something, or that she should tell someone to shove it, she did just that. When I thought she should be brave and put herself out there, she did just that. 

Cameron isn't a character that'll make you tear your hair out with frustration, at her inability to act. Instead, Danforth crafts someone who is brave and bold in so many ways, yet also fragile and extremely sympathetic in so many others. If she wasn't busy getting high so much, Cam and I would be pals.

There's also a lot of retrospect in this book, and every now and again we hear Cameron's adult voice coming through, reflecting on how things may have been different if she'd done this instead of that. I really enjoyed those small, carefully-placed sentences, and they made me optimistic about the person Cameron would be become.

I also loved the hope the end gave. There was a promise of some old faces and the possibilities those reunions could hold, and of Cameron finally coming to terms with some old ghosts.

This is a book that captures the innocence of childhood, the despair of grief, the heartbreak of first love, and the promise of a better tomorrow. Danforth writes miraculously soothing prose, at one moment filled with a rare beauty and stillness, and another with brassiness and sarcasm. I won't say more about where the story leads, or how everything comes together, but I will say that reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post was a fantastic experience. The pages in this book simply demand to be turned. 

"I couldn't ever make that dream happen. It just came on its own, the way dreams do."

 
Allie has planned out a trio of marvellous desserts for Valentine's weekend. She'll be baking up a storm for love day! And that's not just a metaphor, because when she bakes, the kitchen ends up looking like it's been hit by a hurricane. But hey, the sugar makes the clean-up all worth while.
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22 comments:

  1. Camerons' narrative sounds great and unique I need to look up

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    1. It's definitely a gorgeous narrative. The tone in this book is just amazing

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  2. Only skimmed the review but I think I'm going to love this book too. Can't wait to get to it! :)

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  3. Wow, five stars. That's great you loved it so much!!

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  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

    Ivana @ BookishTeens

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    1. Thanks Ivana! Hopefully you'll like it too :)

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  5. Wow, what a fantastic review Allie! It really does sound like this book has some beautiful writing in it. I love the sound of it and have added it to the TBR.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. I'm so glad! I really think you'll get on well with it Jeann. Emily has an amazing writing style

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  6. Yeah, I'll definitely have to get my hands on this one soon! I've been meaning to read it but now it just hopped up more than a few books to the top of my TBR. Character driven novels are my favorite, especially if the main character herself is unique like this.

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    1. It's one of the most character-driven novels I've read. So if that's your thing you'll LOVE it

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  7. Wow! 5 stars? Definitely going to have to get my hands on a copy of this! It sounds amazing! I'm all for books with great, well-developed characters, and this definitely sounds like one! Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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    1. It's one of my favourite reads of the month! :D

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  8. This book sounds so great! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Cam seems like a great MC.

    Ivana @ BookishTeens

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    1. Yeah, she's definitely an interesting character to follow. She does a lot of questionable stuff though (smoking pot, stealing etc.), but that just makes her more real - characters can't just be faultless!

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  9. This one sounds amazing. I think I might actually go buy it right now. And that cover cracks me up.

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    1. Do it! Do it! And, seriously, once you do send me a tweet or email so we can discuss

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  10. Oh this one sounds like a good contemporary that I kind of eant to add to my summer TBR (lol yeah i know maybe not a fitting summer read but i like reading alll types of contemporaries in Summer) so i'll probably give it a shot then! I'm glad you enjoyed it
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

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    1. I actually think it might be quite good for summer - there's a lot of talk about the dry, baking weather lol

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  11. I always love it when a book manages to capture everything so beautifully. And this book sounds just like it! Will definitely try this one soon! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

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    1. It really does just that. If this is Emily's debut, I can't wait to see what her next books will be like.

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