The Miseducation of Cameron Post
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
I stand by my original review for this one! It's important and well-written, but also a very difficult read.
“Maybe I still haven't become me. I don't know how you tell for sure when you finally have.”
You ever read a book that just feels too real?
Like everything starts fine, but then the narrative starts vocalizing feelings you’ve tried to place before? And before you know it you’re completely immersed and trying to understand why ...more
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
The second half of Cameron Post takes place at a c ...more
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. ...more
The book itself is unreasonably long.
Cameron felt responsible for her parents death because she thought that was the punishment for kissing a girl, so she stopped being friends with her childhood best friend (who she kissed). But this guilt was never mentioned again. She just stopped being friends with her and kissed other girls instead like nothing happened. ? Yeah, I'll never understand that ...more
I like almost everything about this book even though in some parts I got bored because I was just too tired to read ( I was so busy lately). The beginning already caught my attention. Man, how could you handle such a ter ...more
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
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.
BUT, BUT, BUT:
Oh my god did it drag out. Holy moly wowza pants. This book is 470 pages.. NEARLY 500 PAGES FOR A CONTEMPORARY. I ...more
As my home city is gearing up for its own Pride celebrations this weekend with the rainbow flags decorating the streets, it put me in mind of this novel. Especially as my edition sprayed edge also features the same colours.
The condensed down movie with a short running time gets straight to the plot whilst I felt the book really sets the scene.
The early 90’s setting felt like a character too!
The novel feels like an honest telling of what it is like to grow up and realise that you are attracted to people of the ...more
(view spoiler)[Cameron Post is a teenager growing up in a small town in Montana in the early 90s. Her parents die in a car crash the summer she's 12, right after she shares a kiss with her best friend. Her aunt Ruth, an evangelical Christian, moves in as Cam's guardian. Fast forward to her high school years and Cam is desperately in love with Coley Taylor, a beautiful, "straight" g ...more
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
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is an #ownvoices coming-of-age novel about our main character, Cameron Post, who loses her parents at the beginning of this novel and spends roughly half of it coming to terms with her sexuality as a lesbian teen and the other half in conversion therapy after her sexuality is discovered.
This novel is easily in my top favorite novels of a ...more
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
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
This is a difficult book to know how to rate. On the one hand, I thought the story was brilliant, infuriating, thoughtful and although incredibly difficult to read at times, undoubtedly important. However, on the other hand, I personally didn’t click with the writing style and for me, the book overall was just too long and drawn out in places. With that being said, due to following its main character from a child to late teens, this book offers a unique insight into sexuality and growing u ...more
Emily M. Danforth is very thoughtful in the way she portrays Cameron and those around her. At times I felt a little disconnected from it and I can't put ...more
I’ve been meaning to read this book for years and I’m so glad I finally did. This might technically be a work of young adult fiction but I think it would appeal to readers of any age. The writing style felt age appropriate for Cameron – who is in her early teens – without ever striking me as immature or unreadable for an adult. That’s a difficult needle to thread, and I’ve read plenty of YA that fails at what Emily M. Danforth has accomplished here, so right off th ...more
I heard this book has been turned into a movie and I prefer waiting to watch it because I truly hope I won't have to deal with the same biphobic comments there were every two pages.
It's not even just about these comments, the story had barely started 130 pages into it, these first pages were boring, and when you're book is nearly 500 pages long, you cannot afford ...more
NO-REVIEW - MINI OPINION IN ENGLISH
I thought about reading this book because I saw on twitter that there's already a film adaptation with one of the faces of YA books made into movies: Cloe Grace Moretz. So I decided to read it... and I just couldn't bring myself to finish it.
Why? Well, I start by saying that I expected to like it, but that never happened. The beginning was promising. The novel is divided into three time lines, beginning in 1989. Came ...more
emily's second novel is a sapphic-gothic-comedy titled Plain Bad Heroines. Plain Bad Heroines is set largely in Rhode Island, the state where she's lived fo ...more