Monday, February 10, 2014

Book Review: "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" by Emily M. Danforth

Two very significant things happened on the same summer weekend when Cameron Post was twelve years old:  She kissed a girl (and liked it) and her parents were tragically killed in a car accident.  She immediately linked the two in her mind, and tried desperately to forget how much she enjoyed the kissing.  Orphaned, she began living with her ultra-conservative born-again aunt and her grandmother.  Eventually, she began to give in and explore her natural desires - and once discovered by her aunt, was sent off to a spiritual center to help rid her of her "sinful" thoughts and set her on the "right" path.

 I'd heard some good things about this novel when it first came out, and now that I've read it - I'm wondering why I haven't heard more?  This is an excellent novel in which a young girl embarks on the journey of discovering and finding strength in herself.  She is doing this even though nearly everyone around her is telling her that she is wrong and trying to push their idea of who she should be on her.  This is a girl who must learn to trust herself, no matter how scary that may be.

While there are some light moments here and there, this is really more of a serious story with sad overtones.  There are parts that feel so honest and raw and intimate - I'm still processing some of that.  It is a much deeper novel and therefore much better than I was expecting.  I'm still curious to see what happens from here for Cameron, and how the people in her life react to the decisions she's made...  and I really hope she finds happiness from this point forward.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
by Emily M. Danforth
Balzer + Bray, 2012
470 pages
Source:  Purchased New

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

1 comment:

DMS said...

I have never heard of this one! I am glad you enjoyed it so much and it sounds like an interesting read. What a cool cover- it caught my eye right away!

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