The Miseducation of Cameron Post
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

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When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they'll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn't last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her lif...more
Hardcover, 470 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Wendy Darling
If you were to lay out a visual storyboard for The Miseducation of Cameron Post, it would be filled with lomographic photography--retro lighting, wide-open vistas, saturated colors, and quirky, sometimes blurry exposures that provide quick snapshots of the many small pleasures of childhood. This coming of age novel, which is written more like adult literary fiction than typical YA, beautifully captures the sun-drenched mood of summer as we meet Cameron, a young girl living in a small town in eas...more
4.5 Stars.

Original review posted here.

As young adult readers, it’s somewhat rare for us to run into a book that’s more than 400 pages long, and when we do, I feel like those books fall into one of three categories. There are those lengthy YA books that are so engrossing and quick paced that you just gobble them up without ever noticing the length (see Grave Mercy), there are those that you feel could have had 100+ pages cut and have been better for it (see Partials), and then, there are those th...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I rarely come across books that I cannot review; that leave me speechless, both in mind and body. Kristin Cashore's Fire is a novel I've re-read numerous times, but I can never - never - convey the depth of emotion that novel inspires in me, despite the fact that I can quote from it. Within the past month, however, I've been lucky enough to read two remarkable LGBT novels for teens, both of which have left me spell-bound and speechless. And, truly, I have tried, time and time ag...more
I feel like I've been waiting for this book for forever and it is finally, finally, finally here and it was perfect.

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Emily Crowe
This was a book that I *wanted* to like far more than I actually did. I'm a bookseller and I was hoping that this might be the contemporary title to hand to girls instead of (or in addition to) My Most Excellent Year or Will Grayson, Will Grayson, both of which are wonderful novels that feature boys who come out.

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One summer day, Cameron and her best friend Irene stave off boredom by shoplifting and making out with each other; later that night, C...more
Even though she's a lesbian, I probably wouldn't have wanted to be friends with Cameron Post in real life. Not like I give friendship preference to homosexuals, but seriously - she does weed and she shoplifts. Keep in mind that the thought of getting a tattoo scares me.

I sympathized with her quickly, though. When her parents die in a car accident, Cameron's first thought isn't horror, or denial, or anger. It's relief. Relief that they would never know she had just kissed a girl a few hours earli...more

Wow...what a pleasant surprise this was. I saw this in the Teen New Books section of the library, figured, if nothing else, it would serve as a palate-cleanser, a fluffy coming of age story. Turns out, The Miseducation of Cameron Post resonates much more deeply than the typical YA novel, filled with pitch perfect detail and honesty, devoid of condescension: a book to be shared by all.

Weighing in at 460+ pages, it's really two books in one. The first half is a pretty-straightforward girl-discove...more
Grandma stooped over with a yellow rag, sprinkling out the cleanser, that chemical-mint smell puffing around us, her son dead and her daughter-in-law dead and her only grandchild a now-orphaned shoplifter, a girl who kissed girls, and she didn't even know, and now she was cleaning up my vomit, feeling even worse because of me: That's what made me cry.

I was terrified to read this book. For everything I'd been told about its spot-on characterizations and descriptions of the teenage condition, for...more
Emily May
Jun 19, 2012 Emily May marked it as dnf
Recommended to Emily May by: Wendy Darling
DNF - pg 212
The Miseducation of Cameron Post starts by painting a beautiful picture of rural Montana and childhood, but is too long a novel in my opinion. My interest at the start quickly waned as the story became dragged out by periods of extremely slow pacing towards the middle. Eventually, I no longer wished to spend any more time with Cameron and her troubles.
Steph Su
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST couldn’t have come at a better time. In a modern world where the topic of homosexuality is so frustratingly politicized, Cameron’s story is a welcome respite. With crisp, relatable prose, unique characters that burrow themselves in your mind, and character ambiguity that marks only the most brilliant and realistic novels, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST shapes up to be one of the best YA debuts, if not one of the best books, of 2012.

There are so many things to l...more
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post is Emily M. Danforth’s debut novel and it is set in her home town of Miles City, Montana. We meet Cameron when she is twelve years old. She and best friend, Irene Klauson, have spent the long, hot summer swimming, playing and setting dares for each other. Cameron’s parents go camping at Quake Lake for the weekend so Cameron’s Grandma comes to stay. That weekend Cameron and Irene share their first kiss and when Cameron hears the news of her parents’ death in a...more
This book was quietly beautiful. It had many passages that really moved me, words that really stuck in my head and felt so very perfect. It was slower paced but never boring. I found myself captivated by Cameron Post and her life as it felt so very similar to my own as a teenager. I didn't struggle with the same issues she did exactly but I still felt such a strong connection to so much in this book it took me back to my teenage years more then probably any other contemporary I've read. One reas...more
I read, with great patience, a quarter through this before putting the book away. It will remain unfinished. This book is dull. The attempt at a sensitive and ruminative coming of age story just feels plodding and tedious.
Amanda L
Danforth has a beautiful grasp of adolescent self-discovery and weaves that with ostracizing and frightening influences. She's got such perspective on the myriad human vulnerabilities. She doesn't deal in absolutes and leaves much room for interpretation. So impressed. So teary eyed. I've learned so much. Reading this was quite a humbling experience.

Something about young Cameron Post's experience at a camp designed to help her "pray away the gay" really struck a chord with me--- that the methods...more
Let me be clear - I think that The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a fantastic book. It's engaging, the characters have true depth, and Cameron, while frequently irritating is most often endearing.

One thing is clear, though - this is a book where no one is right and no one is wrong. Well, except perhaps Lydia, but that's an aside.

The book follows Cameron through three phases of her pubescent life - just before Junior High, her freshman year and summer, and her sophomore year. Each phase is subst...more
Amanda (Pearl the Book Girl)
This is by far the best book I have ever read on Christianity and homosexuality. I was thoroughly impressed with how the author handled this very touchy subject. There is no moral of the story crammed down your throat, no secret agenda. It's a story of a girl dealing with the loss of her parents while on the brink of womanhood, and it is told beautifully, honestly, and lovingly.

One of the aspects of The Miseducation of Cameron Post that I have to comment on is the writing style. It is a lot mo...more

When I first picked this book up I was so super duper pumped. I couldn't wait to read it! The cover is beautiful, the synopsis sounds interesting and exciting, and I'd heard such great things! In a lot of ways, I'd say it lived up to most of the hype: it was a very real portrait of a person, a realistic vision of a character and her journey.


Oh my god did it drag out. Holy moly wowza pants. This book is 470 pages.. NEARLY 500 PAGES FOR A CONTEMPORARY. I...more
There's really nothing I can say in this review that will do this amazing novel justice. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is an incredibly well written debut from Emily M. Danforth, with one of the most controversial plots I've read in a long time.

The scenes from Cameron's childhood really set the mood for the rest of this book. We are lead through warm summer days in Montana, swimming at the lake, kissing in barns, renting and watching 99cent videos, living with a very religions aunt, and I fel...more
(waverig between 3 and 4 stars)

It starts the summer when Cameron’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, the very summer when she has her first kiss with a girl, her best friend Irene. Her first reaction upon hearing of her parent’s death is that of relief: they will never have to know about her and Irene. The guilt that follows – guilt for feeling relief, guilt for having being with a girl – is all-consuming. In the aftermath of her parent’s death, Cameron’s conservative aunt Ruth moves in to t...more
This book took me a really long time to read. Like, a REALLY LONG TIME. I read a little bit of it every day or so, and didn't finish until about a month later. Which is weird for me. Usually, I read books from start to finish in a five hour sitting. You might assume that this took me a long time to read because I didn't like it, but surprisingly, that was not the case.

I really enjoyed this book. It's hard to try to voice my feelings about it, because I think it's such an important book that need...more
Originally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.

This book follows the journey of young Cameron Post, a girl whose parents die just as she begins to discover her burgeoning homosexuality. And it sounds really strange and trite when put that way, but there's so much to this novel. Cameron's day to day confusion with liking girls seems so real and present, despite it taking place in the early 90s. Eventually Cameron's religious aunt sends to a de-gaying camp, and that's where I felt the book dropped a s...more
Amy Plum
Nov 10, 2011 Amy Plum added it
Recommends it for: not for young readers (sexual content+marijuana use)
Recommended to Amy by: Sent the ARC by HarperCollins
A beautiful book about a girl's difficult coming of age as a lesbian in a small-town Evangelical setting. The characters were so well-drawn that I found myself skimming the lovely descriptions and nostalgia-evoking details in order to get to the meat of the action. Which just means I'll have to read it again to enjoy it on a deeper level.

I found myself rooting for Cam the whole way, experiencing grief, guilt, infatuation, fear and love right along with her. There is no black and white with Danf...more
Lenore Appelhans
Normally, when I pick up a book of 466 pages I think "there must be something the author could have cut - why does it have to be so long?" But after reading Cameron Post, I can't think of a single passage I'd want to scrap. I wasn't even able to skim over anything, the story and writing was so compelling.

The subject matter isn't easy - there is a lot of drug and alcohol use, sexual situations, bad language - but all of it was integral to the story.

Loved so many of the supporting characters: Ire...more
Two things about this book: it's beautifully done. I haven't ever lived in Eastern Montana, but I've driven across it a few times, and the sense of place and time (the late 80s and early 90s) is perfect. The voice is wonderful. One of the cover blurbs compares Cameron Post to Holden Caulfield, but although she's as prickly and unhappy as he is, she's much more likable. Danforth deftly captures the struggles of growing up gay in small-town Montana, but also small-town Montana itself, from the sun...more
I have definitely never read anything like this novel before. When I finished it, I saw in the Author's note that this was Emily Danforth's first novel, and that just seems unbelievable to me for some reason.

The way she captivated Cameron's life is so incredible. I can't really relate to the way her life turned out msotly because I've not only grown up in a different time but also in a very different environment. My family is not religious and neither am I. We don't believe in God, in Heaven or...more
man. i did not know what to think of this book, other than my friend erika read it, liked it, but remarked that it didn't really seem YA.

to which i agree to certain extent. the writing is lush and descriptive, slow moving and delicate with the details. there's an element of remove though, from cameron, and that plus the pacing make it feel more like a new-adult/adult book. and yet i can see teens with a love for words loving this book.

the thing that surprised me the most was that yes, this is...more
emily m. danforth has written a beautiful, moving coming-of-age story, and I recognize some of my teenage self in Cameron Post, though I was never as wry or as smart about the world of grown-ups. What I really love about this book is how real all the characters feel, not just Cam but the girls she has crushes on, her best friend Jamie, and even her Aunt Ruth, who truly believes that sending Cameron to be de-gayed at Promise is in Cameron's best interests. This book invites you into a world that...more
Megan Anderson
Wonderful and heartbreaking and maddening and honest and poignant--all of these words barely do justice to how beautiful this book is. It is long, but every word is necessary to get the full effect of this book. I wanted to reach in and protect the main character from the idiots around her, to defend her from the tripe they were shouting. I wanted to make everything okay for her, and to promise her that she would be okay, if I had to kill everyone else to make it so.

Rarely does a book affect me...more
Very, very enjoyable YA coming-of-age, coming-out, coming-to-terms with yourself novel. It reads almost as two novels--the first a coming out story set in Mile City, Montana, and the second at the ex-gay boarding school. I loved the gentleness that Danforth treated all of her characters with--even the ones I didn't agree with. I loved that the truth Cam needed to hear, that her sin did not cause her parent's death, came from the mouth of the closest thing to a villain that the book has (and that...more
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emily m. danforth was born and raised Miles City, Montana--home of the "world famous" Bucking Horse Sale. Her first novel--The Miseducation of Cameron Post--was influenced, in part, by the landscape and cowboy/small town culture of eastern Montana. emily has her MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a Ph.D in English-Creative Writing, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently...more
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