Reader Review: The Miseducation Of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danford

The Miseducation Of Cameron Post: ★★★★

I was completely taken off guard by this book. I was really skirting around this book just due to the fact that the look of it didn’t grab my attention. I don’t know why I thought the book wouldn’t be suited to me, but, whenever I found myself in a bookshop with the novel sitting on the shelf in front of me, I’d turn away. However, this changed when I actually took the time to read the blurb of the book and completely felt like kicking my own ass for overlooking it. So, naturally, I made sure to grab a copy as soon as I was able to so that I finally could experience this book I was eyeing and wondering about for so long. 

When Cameron Post learnt of her parent’s deaths, she was relieved to know that they hadn’t found out she had been kissing a girl. However, she soon finds herself faced with the issue of living with her grandmother and conservative aunt, trying to blend in and suppress her own confusion regarding her personal identity. Though she soon meets new girl Coley Taylor and they form a bond that looks a lot like it could be more than just friendship. Well, that is until her aunt finds out the activities that Cameron has been partaking in and decides to take the drastic action of sending her to a Christian ‘reform’ school. 

I find that the book is introduced very nicely. Straight away, the world building, scene development and imagery is written in a very descriptive light which draws the attention of the audience and maintains it. The story and the scenes don’t lag and the information provided keeps the reader wanting to explore the narrative even further, so it’s a very effective opening. I really enjoyed the way that the book, in itself, was written – the tone was very appealing and I found that it flowed very easily, allowing the audience to pay attention to the little details being provided through the various descriptions. In turn, this made for a few nice read as it was incredibly easy to get carried away by the book and lose yourself in the story. It’s written in a very eloquent way that carries the interest of the audience, reflects the mindset of the main character, and provides depth to the scenarios at hand, which makes them feel all the more real.
 
The overall book is paced very nicely. I found that it’s not at all too fast-paced and, even though it’s not focused on plot twists, it maintains a nice rhythm which allows the reader to immerse themselves completely in the narrative and continually makes them feel involved. There was no part to the story where I felt that the narrative was lagging or it was being too drawn out, which is hugely appealing because I think that makes the book feel all the more real and the audience is able to connect in an easier, more relaxed manner. 
 
One of the things that the book does incredibly well from the first few chapters is seen in the way it conveys the emotions of the main character. Because it’s written in such a specific and intriguing tone of voice and style of narrative, the audience is able to get a very good idea of how the character is feeling and their justifications for those emotions and, in turn, these emotions are going to be relatable for many readers. The experiences of Cameron are represented in shines a light on important, sensitive issues and presents the reader with a situation that they may not be all that familiar with. It puts the audience in a place where they have to consider and address the topic and situation, which is important. The story and the progression of the plot has been constructed and developed in such a specific way that the book, without a doubt, has a mass amount of depth that just absorbs the audience’s attention and submerges them into the mindset that they are experiencing the plot firsthand alongside the characters. Because it’s such a personal and immerse story, it becomes very emotional for the reader too – even if they’re not all that familiar with the type of situation that the book revolves around. 
 
The characterisations are soon introduced quite quickly as well and they showcase a good dynamic throughout the array of personalities. Throughout the duration of the plot, there are many different characters introduced and, in turn, there are obviously a lot of different tropes and traits to take into account. However, I felt that all of the characters were well-rounded and well-developed – they had their own backgrounds and their own stories that were all at least hinted at and made known. This means that not only does the reader connect with Cameron, but they’re able to form bonds with the external characters as well, even if they only play a small part in the overall story. It feels like there’s so much more to be explored and, in turn, this confirms just how well-developed and planned out the book is. There are obviously various types of relationships that are featured throughout the narrative as well which is another element of the book that I really liked. I enjoyed exploring the different extents of the complex and contradicting friendships. Seeing the developments between the characters as this wasn’t an aspect of the book that felt rushed or forced either. 
 
There’s definitely clear talent in the way that the book has been written and constructed and, since it’s focused around such a specific tone, the story is one that becomes incredibly memorable for the reader themselves. You’re able to gauge a better idea of the author’s prose as the story and the narrative itself develops even more depth and there are so many different elements that are linked into the plot in one way or another. 
 
The ending of the book does indeed signify good closure for the character and it’s nice to see that ‘new chapter’ (see what I did there) of her life beginning as she leaves behind elements of her own struggles that were holding her back. There’s a certain parallel between the beginning scenes and the ending scenes of the book, which draws it nicely to an end but keeps the audience also asking questions at the same time. This is where I found my only issue with the book – I wanted more from it. The novel in itself is long and detailed and kept me entertained for hours, though, when I put it down, I still felt ready to explore her life further. I wish that the oven reflected more on what happened after they left the school and how they dealt with the fallout of that situation. I wanted to get a better idea and further information regarding where Cameron was in the present – where she was narrating the story from. However, I do see the various reasons as to why the book came to a close where it did, but I do wish that there was more continuation after ‘the great escape’ as there was quite a bit of detail leading up to it only for it to fall away.
To put it simply; this is a book that focuses on an incredibly important topic and addresses a sensitive situation that’s going to make the audience consider the scenario and the state of the character in a different light. It brings a lot of attention to emotions that so many people experience, which means that the story is relatable and it also works to provide comfort to those in similar situations, along with educating those readers who don’t know quite as much as others. From the characters and their various relationships to the descriptions and imagery showcased, I found that the entirety of the novel is completely captivating and immerse – it put me directly in the story and held me there until the very end. I wish the ‘after’ part of the story was expanded more because I think there was a lot of potential, though I do agree that that would’ve caused the narrative to run on. Though, my wish for continuation is still there. 

Thanks for reading this short review and I’ll write you later. 

If you’re a fan of books that bring attention and representation to important topics, deal with intense emotions and revolve around tricky, sensitive situations, then this book is well suited to you. 

If you want to explore diverse, in-depth, and memorising characters and enjoy young adult literature [LGBT+ especially] then I highly, highly suggest you check this book out. Don’t be like me and make the mistake of nearly overlooking it.

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