The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a very important book. It's something much more influential and significant than an average contemporary and its iThe Miseducation of Cameron Post is a very important book. It's something much more influential and significant than an average contemporary and its impact is something I can't fully describe. There's something so powerful about well written, fully fleshed out queer lit - it's something that helps validate our identities. Representation is important, but well written representation can change lives because there's something about a well written queer book that tells us that we're worth the time and effort to make a good book.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is one of these books.
Cameron Post is a remarkable protagonist. She's one of the most fleshed out protagonist that I've encountered, a gemstone of YA lit. Yes, everyone will be able to relate with Cameron Post, regardless of sexuality or gender, the most important thing is that queer kids everywhere will be able to look up to Cameron Post and relate to her and her troubles.
What makes Cameron Post stick out to me is how resilient and headstrong she is. Authors often make the mistake of equating strong characters with unfeeling characters, which is a huge mistake. Strong characters cannot be described in one way but Cameron's strength lies in her resilience. She experiences ups and downs and moments of weakness but throughout her incredible hardships, she perseveres and manages to not only survive it but find light in it too.
The secondary characters are all nicely written and unique and memorable in their own ways. emily m. danforth wrote a bunch of interesting and diverse characters including a disabled lesbian who hides pot in her prosthetic leg and a two-spirit Native American teenager.
emily m. danforth's writing style is gorgeous in a very simple way. It's not flowing or what I would usually describe as gorgeous. There are just some writers that can manage to convey so much more beyond what they said and emily is one of them. It's simple and eloquent and reminds me a lot of the pastels used on the cover.
I can't explain why exactly but pastel is one of the most accurate words I can think of to describe this book. It's summer nights, quiet walks in a park, going out to eat ice cream, fireflies, and pastel colors all rolled up into one. Yeah, it sounds very odd but it's true.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a book that should have been written years ago because there are a lot of queer people out there that needed this book while growing up. But at least, kids like me can look at it and say, "yes, this is who I am and there's no problem with it." Hopefully, emily m. danforth's will make a change for the better in YA lit, opening us up to queer storylines with beautiful prose and even more beautiful characters....more
I had absolutely no expectations when it came to Ten. I've passed by it numerous times over the past two years, but for some reason, I've just never pI had absolutely no expectations when it came to Ten. I've passed by it numerous times over the past two years, but for some reason, I've just never picked it up even though I always tell myself that 'today's the day'. Now though, I want to go back in time and forcibly make Past!Lisbeth read this book sooner because it is awesome.
Thrillers are fantastic. They're all actiony and exciting and fun to read. I've always enjoyed reading horror novels and watching movies about serial killers, but YA thrillers have never been my thing. In 9.5 books out of 10, the pacing is wrong and the story just isn't scary at all. I just never really cared about the story or what would happen - which is a sign of a really, really bad thriller. I've never been so invested in a thriller as I was with Ten.
Before you start Ten, you kind of have to accept that, yes, Ten is cliched but it's intentional. That might not make it any less annoying to you but for me, it worked.
It's based off of an older horror story. Yes, the twists aren't too surprising and the overall story reminds you a lot of old horror flicks but you know what, it works. I don't know how the author did it but the tropes that I'd find mind numbing and horrible weren't nearly as awful as they should have been.
McNeil somehow turned the old horror tropes on their heads and Ten is honestly scary at times. I really wanted to find out who the hell was the murderer. The red herrings were well placed and the atmosphere was beautifully crafted.
Talking about the atmosphere, the deserted island was a beautiful setting for this book. The constant sense of isolation and dread was all but palpable. Every murder added to the feeling of loneliness and complete foreboding. With each twist, I could honestly feel my heart drop for a second. It was so easy to get sucked into the world of Ten and completely forget about anything other than the book.
The characters weren't too complicated or developed but the novel didn't really call for it. There are just some novels where you have to let this slide. Ten was a plot driven novel, really relying on its good atmosphere to keep it going. It's not meant to have complex characters - it's meant to scare the shit out of you.
I really loved Ten. It's not a masterpiece but it's really good horror, especially for YA. YA is terrible at horror (I don't know why - maybe the publishers are scared that the parents will sue???) but McNeil obviously knew what they were doing. I would definitely recommend this book! Make sure to read it at night - preferably alone - for maximum effect....more