Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

I finished this book in two days. Technically, less than that as I started it in the afternoon, then finished the next day when I woke up. It’s just one of those books that you absolutely cannot put down. But I’m not entirely sure if I liked it.

 

 

This is a spoiler free; there are vague mentions of some aspects, but nothing I would consider a spoiler that’s not alluded to in the description.

(From Goodreads)

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship–one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, 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 exactly 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

 My Thoughts

This isn’t a romance book. There is plenty of it, but is not centered on the character ending up with so and so. That was interesting. It’s realistic that a teenager wouldn’t meet their soul mate within fourteen years. At least that doesn’t happen very often. I really hope Cam met one eventually. Or at least met someone soon that treated her well.

Speaking of fourteen, I’m always a little squeamish (probably because I’m seventeen) when young teens have….erh, intense romantic scenes. This, like most YA books had that, and again, I was uncomfortable, especially as at one point Cameron has (not as intense, but more serious) moment with a college girl, Moria.

That is my real disagreement with the book. Since Cam was fourteen and Moria certainly wasn’t close in age, I wish that factor had been addressed more. I know they weren’t the romantic focus, but a age gap like that needs to be clearly shown to be dangerous. Teens need to know that.

  It needed to be addressed more, because a fourteen year old and a eighteen year old (or older) is certainly wrong. People get upset over Tris and Four, but this is even more concerning. It’s sad, because if it weren’t for that, the book would have earned five stars.

All in All?

I strongly recommend it, giving it a 1/5  (points deducted for the college girl issue. With things like that, they play a hugely important role in ratings.)

In the other rating style I give it a PG: 13 or Teen.

Have you read the Education of Cameron Post? What were your thoughts on it?

 

An All About Writing Tag

On Nevillegirl’s blog she posted these questions for anyone to take and answer. And so I promptly decide I would, indeed, take them.

  1. What kind of music do you like to listen to while writing?

Usually instrumental– jazz or that music that is just…instrumental (behold my powers of description). Music like this.

2. What kind of music do you not like to listen to while writing? Why? Does it distract you or something?

Occasionally I will listen to music with lyrics and it helps if it fits with the story’s plot/theme/genre but it often just distracts me and sends me into a daydream; which is great when I need inspiration, but not so great when I need to put words into paper.

3. Who or what was the inspiration for the first character you ever wrote?

Ah, hmm….I think it was Heidi and Laura Ingalls? Because she lived on a hill in the alps, had three sisters, but it was in modern-day. Oh, and she was named Ann and her sister was Nan; which are basically variations on the same name.

….I was nine.

3. Do you usually have romance in your stories? Why or why not?

Yes…in the past I have written mostly family and friendship stories, but I’ve started to write romance. I often have trouble deciding who will be with who though; sometimes I know right away, but mostly I am confused. My Nano 12…well, I just abandoned it because my MC decided she actually liked the rebel pirate not her adviser.

Why? Often I just feel a  romantic connection between their characters (in other words, they tell me they’re doing what they want so there). Also fluffy romance makes me extremely happy. I really want to just relax and write a modern-day book (no historical research or world building yay!) and write a silly but hopefully touching fluffy romance someday.

4. Which author(s) do you think you write like?

 I honestly can not answer that. It is a befuddling question for me. Maybe a classic one? I was told once my style resembled that classical style.

5. Are your stories usually funny or serious?

They lean more toward the funny side, but also have serious moments. But usually the content I write is lighter, and I want to try an outright funny story/book.

6. What is the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

To get an exact quote I would have to dig some stuff up, but the teacher that assesses how I have done over the year in homeschooling always raves about it, which makes me really pleased. My Mom/also is my teacher loved one of my recent stories and thought it beautiful.

7. What is the worst thing someone has ever said about your writing?

It was about my academic writing; a critiquer (am I spelling this wrong?) said one of my papers sounded like a rant (and I was sitting behind them when they were discussing it and ugh writing workshops make me anxious).

8. Why are all these questions about writing?

Because writing rocks, that’s why.

10.Would you rather own a castle or all the chocolate in the world?

Oh, wow. That’s a tough one. Castle, I suppose. I mean, it’s a castle.

I’m not going to tag anyone– whoever wants to may do them.

Questions:

  1. Is there a TV show/movie that, after watching, suddenly inspires you to write?
  2. Is there a book/author that does the same?
  3. Have you written poetry? What kind?
  4. What was the title of your first story?
  5. Historical or contemporary fiction?
  6. Romance or friendship stories?
  7. What kind of blog posts do you most enjoy writing?
  8. Short stories, novels or poetry (to write)? Why?
  9. What book do you first remember loving?
  10. Do you like sweet, salty or savory foods?