The Miseducation of Cameron Post
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth 470 pages 1/12/13 pub 2012
I like the protagonist Cameron, but I wish the book had been edited. There’s entirely too much detail! Do we need to know the name of every song she danced to at the prom she attended when was in ninth grade? (Yes.) I think the book would work as well, if every other sentence and every other scene had been left out. I like foreshadowing, but the holy roller church her aunt has her attend, we know it’s going to be bad news, couldn’t Cameron have saved herself a lot of grief by going back to the Presbyterian Church her parents attended? Maybe, but that wouldn’t have been Cameron. And the detail made this read more like an adult coming of age book, than a YA coming of age book.
I loved the setting, rural eastern Montana; where the swimming pool Cameron’s swim team has meets at is a pond. Where the highlight of the year is Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. Where her girlfriend Coley gets her own apartment in town, because she lives forty miles away on a ranch. (Where it seems to me that Coley’s brother’s drinking is much more of a problem than Coley and Cameron being gay.) When Cameron was twelve her parents were killed in a car accident. Afterwards, she lives with her aunt and grandmother. Her aunt is horrible, but she thinks she loves a version of Cameron. Just not the version of Cameron we readers see. This is a very, very good novel from a debut author, who I hope gets a lot of deserved attention and writes a lot more.