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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
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Apr 21, 12

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

Cameron Post is a girl from a small town in Minnesota in 1989. When she was thirteen, she was out with a friend one night. They were just having fun and ended up kissing. Later in the night, she is getting ready for a sleepover and learns that her parents have died. She automatically associates the kiss with her parent's death and feels guilty. The kissed friend Irene does not talk to her and their friendship collapses. The next summer she starts swim team and meets Lindsey, a proudly lesbian girl from Seattle. Lindsey teaches Cameron to accept her tendencies. Since her parents died, her Aunt Ruth came and took care of her. This meant a few changes, including their church. The new church teaches Cameron that homosexuality is bad and needs to be cured. Cameron falls in with some kids who make bad decisions, like smoking and doing Marijuana. Irene moves away to go to a new boarding school after they became rich from finding dinosaur fossils on their ranch. A new girl Coley, starts coming to the school and Cameron begins to have a crush on her. They become friends and eventually they experiment with lesbianism together. Throughout the story Cameron has been expressing her emotions by designing rooms in a dollhouse her father made her and watching lots of videos. Coley tells the church and her mother that Cameron has been making Coley become lesbian. The pastor comes and uses the dollhouse and video obsession against her. They decide to send her to the school God's Promise that attempts to help you become straight by becoming closer to God. How will she fair? Will she be able to change? Can she ever come to terms with her past?

I really liked this book, even though it is no something I would normally read. I am not even sure what made me read this book, but I am glad I did. I think you should definitely read this book, no matter what your position is on being gay. It could strengthen your opinion or change it. As much as it is about lesbianism, it is also just about the life of a troubled girl who is struggling with her parents death. Overall, super awesome and emotional.

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Ryan Heidi,
Very thoughtful review! Thank you for your insights.

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