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Title: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Author: Emily M. Danforth
Year Published: This Edition – 2017. Original edition: 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (An Imprint of Harper Collins)
Genre: Young Adult ~ Contemporary ~ LGBT+ ~ Fiction
Cameron Post thinks her life is good. But then her parents die. She thinks her life is getting better. But then she’s found kissing another girl and sent to a conservative boarding school. And in there she finds friends again. She finds happiness. She finds herself.
CW/TR: Self-harm, attempted suicide, homophobia.
So like, I liked this book, really liked it, like a 4, 4.5 out of 5 (stars) – which sounds great, right? It’s just the pacing was very slow – which made me drop it down to 3.5. Doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, I did. It was just a bit slow. It also doesn’t mean it isn’t worth 4 or 5 stars, it probably is. And I went back and forth, trying to figure out if I should rate it 4 stars, because I did like it, but did I enjoy reading it enough to give it 4 stars? No, I felt 3 stars while reading it.
But I’m not for slow books. I’ve known about this book for years but I didn’t know much about it? I thought it was only about a girl in a small town (the original cover shows that) and then maybe she falls in love. I didn’t expect a book like this. I liked that the story started when Cameron was young. I think it’s so important to show that girls liking girls and boys liking boys and everything happens when they’re young and we have to let kids know that it’s okay to feel that way.
The formatting on this e-arc was off but it did make me change my kindle font to all bold – I think it’s sort of easier on my eyes? Or it’s just nice to look at? Well, I tried using the nicer fonts, but it got difficult to look at. This wasn’t the reason why I marked it 3 stars, if you wanted to know. Just annoyed that the fonts were like this.
I loved Cameron from the start. I remember I liked Adam when we met him but Jane took a while to like. I think that’s because she did put up a wall and Cameron and the reader had to learn to trust her. But then I started to love Jane!! But those adults (at the camp and Ruth) ????!!! ANNOYED ME ENDLESSLY LIKE JUST THROW THEM ALL INTO THE ABYSS WHERE THEY BELONG. Like how do you profess being a good person and wanting to look after teenagers (who really really need that because they’re in that spot where they do start to question themselves AND IF you’re an ass who decides to make them start hating themselves, guess what they’re gonna do!!
Also, you should watch the movie because it’s excellent!!
4 thoughts on “The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (Review)”
This sounds like my kinda read, I tend to enjoy slower paced books, but omg sometimes the way adults are in books just makes you want to smash your head against a wall.
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I think I’m so used to fast-paced books that I find it difficult it get into a slow book. But it is a really good book!
I know right?! They can be so annoying!
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