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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Danforth, Emily M. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, emily m. danforth's The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a powerful and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel in the tradition of the classic Annie on My Mind. Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to--that she's gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. There she falls in love with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl. When she's eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God's Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to "cure" her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was a finalist for the YALSA Morris Award and was named to numerous "best" lists.
Authors: Danforth, Emily M.
Title: The miseducation of Cameron Post
Published: New York : Galzer + Bray, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 470 p. ;,21 cm.
Local Note: 1 3
ISBN: 9780062020574
0062020560
9780062020567
Branch Call Number: YA DAN
Statement of Responsibility: Emily M. Danforth
Subject Headings: Montana Juvenile fiction. Gay teenagers Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: Gay teenagers
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List - United States of YA: West by: DBRL_TEEN May 13, 2013

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Cameron hits you like a real person, someone to relate to. This book is so good and I would recommend it to nearly everyone.

Jul 09, 2014
  • rhymeswithumbrella rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is fantastic with one caveat. I finished it and i wanted the story to continue!

May 14, 2014
  • LPL_BoardCat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Cameron Post seduced me from page one, effortlessly, without intending to do so. She captured my heart with her subtle sarcasm and her unwitting fierceness. But it isn’t only Cameron I fell in love with—emily danforth constructed each of the characters in the book with such care and insight that I felt they were all equally genuine, so real I felt them as part of my life instead of feeling as if I was only a tourist in their world.

Though it would have been easy to reduce many of the characters to caricatures, Emily Danforth gives them such depth and complexity they defy stereotypes. Coley is more than the beautiful princess of the rodeo; Jamie isn’t simply the bad boy bad influence best friend. My two favorites, Jane and Adam, are certainly more than stock gay kids you’d meet at a place called Promise. Jane’s Polaroids and artificial leg aren’t the only things that I remember about her; more than anything I take away her unpretentious wisdom. What could be more true than “practicality has nothing to do with sexuality”? Adam could have easily become the token Native, thrown in to be PC, but I loved his quiet beauty and appreciated his views on gender and sexuality.

As troubling as what happens to Cameron is, there is no real villain. As firmly as I believe that it’s wrong to teach young people that the way they feel is a sin, even when we see the damage it can do with the Mark “incident” (as Cameron hates that it is reduced to), I never felt that the book came off as preachy or moralistic. It was a matter-of-fact portrayal of what many do experience, and lets the reader come to her own conclusions.

I appreciate an author who can write frankly and honestly about teenagers experimenting with drugs and sex without condemning it or glorifying it. While this is a mature young adult book and not something that I would recommend to just any teenager that walked into the library, I think it’s fabulous that publishers respect teenagers enough to make books like these available, and it’s a pleasure to read this book as an adult and be able to use an example when people ask, “why do you read young adult literature?”

emily danforth’s prose was delightful to read, so much so that I read it slowly, savoring the description in passages that made it possible to taste the bubble gum and feel the hot summer sun and feel that indescribably joy of watching a string of lights flap against the roof right along with Cameron.

Nov 23, 2013
  • athena14 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I wanted to like Cameron Post (after all, I was a young lesbian once, too), but she is so self-absorbed that I couldn't. That she spends most of her free time (at home and at Promise) stoned or drunk didn't help.

Aug 26, 2013
  • AliReads rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Totally fantastic! I loved pretty much all the characters, even the ones that frustrated me (Ruth, mostly, but Coley too). Really satisfying read.

It's beautiful, touching, and as soon as I finished it I read it again. It's so real, so true, and the first LGBT book for teens that I connected to. Amazing.

Mar 09, 2013
  • sbw179 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a standout book for this genre. Recently I have of found that YA books read like they are written by an average teenager, rather than being about teenagers. This book was very different: exceptional writing, great plot and well developed characters. The 90's teenage experience was captured perfectly, yet the book is relevant for today's teen. I'm left hoping for a follow up book to find out what becomes of Jane, Adam and Cam.

Feb 22, 2013
  • tegan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was great. The story is all about Cameron, a small town girl, growing into her sexuality as a lesbian. It is a really great portrayal - from the first kiss, to the first straight-girl crush and beyond. The details of the story are very real. The one thing I would change was the length of the final section, which drags on a bit.

A wonderfully written and excellent portrayal of youth discovery and angst. A must read for any themed read for senior students on sexuality and a terrific insight for all of us. So wonderful to have a honest portrayal of a teenage girl with all the depth, breadth and chaos that so frequently happens. A tender and heart felt description of torn emotion, confusion and certainty all at the same time. At all times a positive depiction of same- sex attraction, experimentation and outcomes with an interesting twist as a small American town responds. Highly recommended.

"The day after Cameron Post kisses a girl for the first time, her parents die in a car crash. After their funeral, Cam is forced to move in with her ultra-religious aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. It isn't easy growing up gay in a small town like Miles City, Montana, and several years later when Cam's first big love affair (with a girl who attends her family's church) gets exposed, Cam's aunt ships her off to a conversion therapy program to "cure" her of being lesbian. Vividly describing both early-1990s rural Montana and its people, this "sophisticated read for teens and adults alike" (Kirkus Reviews) unfolds Cam's nuanced, character-centered story at an unhurried pace - and fans of emotionally intense, multilayered novels will savor every page." Teen Scene December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=576688

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