When I put the feelers out there that I was starting this book, I was met with nothing but praise about it! I initially picked it up as my next read because I discovered [via Tumblr] that it was becoming a feature film. I’m one of those snobs that like to read a book before seeing the movie or TV show it’s based on. [That doesn’t always happen though.]
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a Young Adult novel about a girl coming to terms with her queerness. It will make you laugh out loud, it will break your heart and you will throw things because who the fuck sends a person to gay conversion therapy? A fucking maniac, that’s who. [I’m looking at you, Aunt Ruth.]
Cameron is an extremely relatable character, because while I may not have been sent to Christian Conversion Therapy, I kept my queerness a secret for years until my Birthgiver figured it out when I was 20. I was so beginning to love Cam and Coley until Coley evidently spilled the beans about Cam’s sexuality. WHAT THE FUCK, COLEY? Not to mention, Cam never gets any closure about that.
There’s a bit of artwork in this book but the one that made me laugh the most was Lindsay’s postcard to Cam.
One thing I did find to be pretty drudge-y is the author’s seemingly DESPERATE NEED to talk about everything country and Montana while trying to tangle all this nostalgia into the plot.
Overall, this was a GREAT read if you can get through the drudge-y bits.
I also want to warn to some triggering bits with this, there’s a character that self-harms and it’s mentioned in detail. May also be a little graphic because it definitely made me cringe.