WOW, where did the time go? Jenn, Vikki, Christa and I met up for a dinner edition of Brunch Book Club early November to discuss The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth and December just slipped by. I only just realized that I hadn’t done our wrap-up discussion post on this yet! As usual, since this is a book club discussion post, there are spoilers – so be forewarned!
I knew this book had a lot of love from Christa and Vikki and I’m glad that Jenn and I finally got around to reading it. As I mentioned in my review, while I did enjoy the book, it was probably not to the extent of the love that the others had for it.
We all agreed that the character of Aunt Ruth, while being a bit vilified by Cameron, wasn’t a bad person. Her intentions were admirable even if perhaps a bit misguided. Jenn found it a bit difficult to read some of the parts regarding the group that’s trying to “cure” Cameron of her homosexuality using a lot of religious talk. I personally loved the grandmother and was pleasantly surprised that she wasn’t killed off! (Because that’s just what this girl needs.. another death of someone she was close to.) I absolutely loved the ending to the book. It felt really cathartic and symbolic of a release, to have the closure and proper acknowledgement of the death of Cameron’s parents.
The four of us talked about how this book may have been released ahead of its time. Even thought it was only released a few years ago, it didn’t seem to pick up as much as it could have. I felt that had this book been released today maybe – given the attitude towards same-sex relationships and the contemporary trend (even though Miseducation takes place in the 80’s/90’s).
Great to welcome Vikki to her first BrunchBC and share some great book chats over wine and Italian food.