This book first came to my attention because of this article (http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/09/who-should-decide-what-high-school-kids-read/379609/). Ever since I saw my first Banned Books display at a library, I’ve always been intrigued by what people say I can’t or shouldn’t read.
So when my Principal suggested I read a book with a student who was struggling with questions of sexual identity, this one came to mind. He read it (or said he did) much faster than me, so now I can look forward to talk with him about it.
There is much to admire about this much too long book. (It’s Danforth’s first book, so perhaps she just threw everything in there.) I most appreciated the nuanced characters. No one is completely good or evil or even just one-dimensional. People, including Cameron herself, are struggling with her sexual identity and even her Grandmother, who comes closest to being a stereotype, does something that surprised me.
I also loved the imagery of the dollhouse. And I love that Danforth and Camerson never really explained it; it’s just there.
I liked that it was set in Montana. I’ve never been there, and Danforth helped me see the place – again, without contributing to stereotypes.
Does the title have anything to do with Lauryn Hill’s use of the word ‘miseducation’? I don’t know; I’ve never listened to it. But my suspicion is that it does.
So is it great? No. Will I read something else by this author? Sure. Would I recommend it to students? Ones who have the maturity to handle the sexual situations, yes.