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?

 

Wow. Anniverseries.

There are so many epic anniverseries this year, I am not sure where to began.

Okay. I actually do know where to began…

Pride and Prejudice

The most beloved love story of all time. The book that makes everyone(erh, I actually don’t) long for a Mr. Darcy. The book that has one of the most amusing cast of characters. The book that uses hardly any description, which really boosts my ‘how I do on description’ esteem. Because, hey, everyone loves Pride and Prejudice and no one knows what Lizzie looks like.

But enough of that.

I first became acquainted with Lizzie Bennett when I was…four? Five? I just always remember watching the BBC miniseries, and eating tea sandwiches.

Man. I need to eat more of those. They are delicious.

To say I can quote Pride and Prejudice is probably true. We’re kind of big on Pride and Prejudice in my family. There are three woman after all in this family, but really, gender doesn’t matter in who likes it.

I read the book when I was thirteen–it was a easy read, really. Not all of Austen’s are. Emma was harder to get through, but at the same time it wasn’t…stiff or too different. That’s the beauty of Austen. We may be flying cars in the sky someday, and calling the moon our playground, but she will still speak of people, real people, that fit into empire waist dresses , jeans and a t-shirt, or a shiny futuristic outfit.

Lizzie is easily a modern woman, as demonstrated by the Lizzie Bennett diaries. Emma could easily reside on Tumblr. Catherine would read Twilight.

Pride and Prejudice is timeless. It always will be.

Doctor Who

I’m not entirely sure whats going on here.

Ah, Doctor Who. It’s 50th year is in 2013 and the Whovians are in a frenzy.

Well. I’m not sure if we’re in a frenzy. But we are excited. Very excited. I mean, David Tennant is coming back after all! And Tennant pretty much is a fan’s inspiration…he always wanted to play the Doctor, and he ended up doing so, as well is marrying his favorite Doctor’s daughter. I am not kidding.

For those of you who don’t know, Doctor Who is a science fiction show about an alien who travels through time and space in a police call box that is really infinite space ship. The space ship also happens to be alive, and slightly insane. He also regenerates aka changes bodies every so often.

Basically it’s kind of a quirky show that is really easy to start obsessing over. It has the potential to be timeless. Especially in Britain. I mean, if you call during Doctor Who the person on the other line is bound to yell at you.

It’s that popular.

The Doctor has had eleven bodies by now. The First was a grumpy older man(and he thinks he is dignified) who really got the essence of the Doctor. He is the first Doctor, the one who laid the path for the other Doctors.

Right now we have Eleven, who is a loveable goof ball that has a lot of limbs. Kiss him and they shall flair. All about.

People love Doctor Who because…there is usually something fun in it.    There is humor, adventure, and a man in a box who is utterly mad but at the same time, utterly sane. And then sometimes there is no fun, and we all have a lot of feels. And then we’re mad at it.

I started watching him in 2010. I first watched a clip with one of the companions appearing in his TARDIS, yelling at him and him uttering confused “Whats?” Then I watched The Unearthly Child, which is the first episode. The unearthly child is, in fact, his granddaughter, Susan. The main Doctors I started with were Hartnell and Tennant, aka One and Ten. I think the first ever I saw of Doctor Who was simply a clip from the end of Doomsday, where Donna appears in the TARDIS and begins to yell at Ten.

Ah. A start of a beautiful friendship. No seriously, it was. Doctor Who is more than just a science fiction show filled with adventures. Yes, that is it’s core, but it also has beautiful friendships, grandparent/parental relationships, and an odd romance thrown in there every so often. And these relationships aren’t just between the Doctor and someone, they are between side characters, or companions.

It’s a pretty amazing show, and I will most likely tear up during the Anniversary special(I almost teared up during The Journey to the Center of the TARDIS after all. Especially if certain people make a surprise appearance.

So, yes. Anniversaries are upon us. Anniversaries of stories I have been  surrounded by since a young child, that I only recently discovered. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, if you don’t already.

TCWT Blog Chain

So, I was sure I was the 10th, which is why this post is later in the day then I intended. Apologies for that.

Now, I’ve already written a very long post about a book that changed by life, Anne of Green Gables, and I doubt you guys want to read more gushing about Anne, lovely as she is.

Luckily, there’s another book that changed my life. Currently, it’s in a battered form of blue paperback book, sitting on my book shelf. It’s the first book I properly read that wasn’t a ‘Early Reader’ book.

The book in question, is Bunnicula.

Hare today, gone tomorrow.

Golly, I love this book. It makes me laugh so my sides hurt. It’s about a vampire rabbit(he drinks vegetable juice), a slightly crazy(oh, come on, extremely crazy) cat, and a dog that just wants to relax. And then we get a another dog, who’s a werewolf.  According to Chester.

And it reminds me of Artemis Fowl, for some reason. Maybe the humor?

I first read this when I was…seven? Again, I didn’t want to admit I succumbed to reading. I was being taught how to read…and learning was boring. In my opinion.

But this really fueled my love for read. So thank you Harold. Please bring your editor another book soon, and have a chocolate cupcake(with cream in the center) from me.

Participants In This Amazing Blog Chain:

January 5th – http://fida-islaih.blogspot.co.uk – Muslim Spirit by Fida

 January 6th – http://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com – The Teenage Writer

 January 7th – http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com – Miss Alexandrina

 January 8th – http://cinderscoria.blogspot.co.uk – Between The Lines

 January 9th – https://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com – Avon’s Babbles

 January 10th – http://www.nonconformistwriter.blogspot.co.uk – Life.

 January 11th – http://weirdalocity.wordpress.com – Inside The Junk Drawer

 January 12th – http://notebooksisters.blogspot.co.uk – Notebook Sisters

 January 13th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com – Musings From Neville’s Navel

 January 14th – http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com – The Loony Teen Writer

 January 15th – http://mirrormadeofwords.wordpress.com – A Mirror Made Of Words

 January 16th – http://epistolarygirl.wordpress.com – Epistolary Girl

 January 17th – http://www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.co.uk – Inklined

 January 18th – http://zarahoffman.tumblr.com – Zara Hoffman’s Blog

 January 19th – http://sydneyjoto.wordpress.com – SydneyJoTo

 January 20th – http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com – Reality Is Imaginary

January 21st – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com – The Little Engine That Couldn’t

 January 22nd – http://www.katrinakennedy3.wordpress.com – Writers Response

 January 23rd – http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com – John Hansen Writes

 January 24th – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com – Miriam Joy Writes

 January 25th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com – Teens Can Write, Too! (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)

 


Who’s the Good Guys?

Who are the good guys?  Sometimes in books, or tales, I have trouble figuring that out.

“Wait, what, Avon?” you say. “Isn’t that usually obvious?”

Yes, it usually is actually. But at the same time it isn’t. The good guys are often fighting for a good cause, or are just the good guys because one of them happens to be the main character. But they often kill, and hurt too. Most of the times the main character doesn’t do that(or if they do, they have a hard time with what they did.) But the side characters usually do.

Often(which makes it less obvious perhaps) it is random-groups of fighting men that the good characters hurt. But the good guys still have killed and injured a great deal of people, even if we don’t really ‘know’ them. That’s the thing. They could have had redeeming qualities, who knows?

The bad guys are almost always called simply ‘bad’. But there is usually a grey morality in some part of them. I find this confusing sometimes, but at the same time, impressive. Though I often wish the heroes were more black and white. This a funny thing for me to say, considering I adore Artemis Fowl(eh, well. Not in a crush way. But…anyway) and I love anti-heroes.They seem more realistic…it’s just, the ones where the author pretends they are good that I have trouble with.

They never have angst. Or when they do something really bad, but it’s excused because it is done to the villain. Artemis never did anything terrible, though he was wonderfully flawed. He changed. It is pointed out that he wasn’t ‘good’.

It’s also ones that do really bad things, but are on the slightly better side(they have a cause, or it’s their moral stance).  I support them more then the other side(which I don’t at all, usually. Even if their are some characters I feel sorry for) but I still have trouble fully liking them. This is often a good and interesting way of creating a character though.

I’m going to take some examples now, and fish through them. Before I do so– these aren’t necessarily bad things. A well done character is flawed. We all know  that. But…I think this will be interesting.

Twilight: I must first start saying I have never read or watched this, so feel free to yell at me about inaccuracies.  The obvious choice for this study is Edward. Edward is sparkly, possessive, and creepy. His author(unless she has been playing a grand joke on us, or the fan girls completely missed what she intended) portrays him as the “bestest boyfriend evar! Yeah!” He really isn’t. He isn’t flawed in a good way, unless this book was about a girl who realized how possessive her boyfriend was and ends up splitting from him. Or she stays with him, but it’s treated like a tragedy. Bronte-ish.

Lord of The Rings:  First of all, I like Lord of the Rings. Especially The Hobbit. And the hobbits themselves.

But let’s take a look at them. Most of the villains are, well, villains. No doubt about it. Gollum/Smeagal is one you can feel sympathy for.  He was once a Hobbit, and who doesn’t feel a touch of sympathy for him when he starts crying for ‘precious’? Even if he is really creepy.

Now we come to the heroes. Bilbo is a good hobbit. He kills the spiders, but that’s about all…still…

Gandalf does kill some goblins, and like I said, I have trouble accepting characters like that as a completely good character. But Gandalf is mostly good, but he is dangerous when he wants to be. He is not someone I’d want to be like, or even be a follower of, but I would trust him. I’m the kind of person who would just stay happily in the Shire, with my family and in my hobbit hole.

Harry Potter:

Obviously Voldemort is bad. Like, evil, evil, evil kind of bad. As are most of his followers. Draco, as well as other younger ones are the exceptions. I’d say there are probably a few other ones, ones that fear for their family and friends unless they obey him.

Harry is mainly good. But we all know he has the capability to be a Slytherin.

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English: Alternate coat of arms of Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry from Harry Potter book series, by J.K Rowling, with added shading effects. For a reference i used a drawing found on the internet, probably an illustration from one of the books. The motto translates to “never tickle a sleeping dragon” vector drawing,.SVG format. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But he choose Gryffindor. One issue I have is the sorting hat and the houses(okay, that’s two issues) as that if you didn’t put anyone in Slytherin, but just made a note that they had the potential to be evil, wouldn’t they turn out better? You could try to make them show their smarts, or something instead. Say they are bad? They’re more likely to be evil

I guess Dumbledore is our main one to focus on. The man manipulated Harry throughout the series, almost went into dark arts, and certainly is dangerous. Luckily, this isn’t passed off as ‘okay’. Harry was hardly pleased.Though, no matter how un-pleased he was, he shouldn’t just go abandoning his quest. On the other hand, I can hardly blame him for wanting to.

Now, that’s all for now. What books or stories have you noticed this in? Do you like things grey? Do you prefer a clearer black and white? Do you have problems with some heroes?

Tell me! Tell me…precious.