Welcome to the first of regular What I’m Reading Now posts (I take suggestions, so please leave some!) I can’t possibly read everything we have in our Teen Scene collection, but I do try and read a lot of it, and thought it would be fun to talk about some of it.
What I’m Reading Now: Right now, I’m right about in the middle of The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth.
What’s It About (Jacket Description):
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.
Do I Like It: I love it!
Thoughts: Cameron Post is definitely not an action-y book. It’s much more focused on character, the large and small events that affect Cameron’s life, and setting. Miles City, where Cameron lives, is practically its own character, which I’m really digging. I feel like I’m there, in all the heat and small-town cowboy-ness of it right with Cameron. But Miles City is just one of the amazing supporting characters, and these characters are part of what bring the town to life. For instance, I’m still before the “drastic action” portion of the book, and Aunt Ruth (mentioned in the description) is pretty endearing. Yes, she can be inflexible and a little ditzy, but she’s also a savvy businesswoman, hugely supportive of Cameron and full of hilarious quotes. Cameron’s best friend Jamie is also awesome – he treats Cam like one of the guys, jokes with her, adopts her friends as his own and does his best to support her and be the best friend he can be.
But really, this book is all about Cameron, so it would be pretty bad if she weren’t fantastic. Luckily, she’s fantastic. She’s athletic, reasonably smart but not super academic, adventurous, far from perfect, deeply hurt, a little confused but also (paradoxically) extremely self-assured, at times perfectly content to be swept up in the flow of Miles City life and overall immensely endearing. I’m already enjoying getting to know Cameron and see her change and develop and I can’t wait to see what happens to her and who she is at the end of the book.