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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  32,374 ratings  ·  3,608 reviews
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
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Paperback, 470 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Balzer + Bray (first published February 7th 2012)
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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 ...more
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
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I stand by my original review for this one! It's important and well-written, but also a very difficult read.

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4 Stars

Overview:


“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 your
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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,
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
The first half of Cameron Post is set in Montana in the ‘90s, and is, at least at first glance, slow and plodding. Indeed, most of the novel is specifically written as a typical coming-of-age novel; Cameron is a typical ‘90s teenage character who (stop me if you’ve heard this before) has lost her parent, smokes and drinks, and falls in with wrong crowds. She is a normal teenager, that is, until she has the audacity to kiss her best friend Coley.

The second half of Cameron Post takes place at a
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Emily May
Mar 10, 2012 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
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.
Thomas
I sympathized with Cameron Post, the protagonist of this book, quickly. 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 earlier. As a result of the accident Cam moves in with her conservative, super religious Aunt Ruth along with her grandmother. Life floats by smoothly enough in her small Southern town until Cam meets Coley Taylor, a fierce, beautiful, and ...more
Keertana
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
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*eKa*
Despite a fictional work, it felt like I was reading a memoir or at least a diary of Danforth using the name Cameron Post. Because it was so REAL and OBVIOUS to me! What with the fact in the author's note: "She lives with her wife bla bla bla". So don't blame me for my assuming.

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
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Simon
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sadly really disappointed with this one. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t hate it, just think it could have been so much more with a ruddy good edit. Cameron Post is a young girl who on the day of her parents death is kissing another girl. From here we follow her growing up hiding her sexuality from her religious aunt who becomes parent by proxy and initially herself. Until, as we learn from the blurb, eventually the truth is discovered and she is sent off to be ‘cured/saved’ in a religious school... ...more
Ken
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been sitting in my pile since a big book haul soon after I’d watched the movie in the cinema.
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!

I’m
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Lo O'Neill
The Miseducation of Cameron Post was a bit of a slow burn. At points I felt like there were too many unnecessary details of a daily routine that didn’t help to build the world of Cameron Post. It is a cliché, but sometimes less IS more and some decisive editing would have greatly helped the story. That being said, it doesn’t mean that this was not a good or important read.

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
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Ariel
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
MY RATING IS MORE LIKE A 3.5!

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.
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April
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
NO. My first DNF of the year. I truly did want to like this book. In the beginning I was enjoying it, but for some reason I just started getting bored and felt like the story was dragging.
Alex
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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Melanie
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This is hard to rate. I was going to go for two stars but I did think it was more an "ok". So three stars it is. Kind of a long (compared to other YA novels I've read) so it got a bit slow at times although I did generally enjoy reading about Cameron. Her parents are killed (not a spoiler) in a car accident and her evangelical Christian aunt comes to raise her. Let's just say that Cameron being a lesbian does not go over well. Not my favorite ending. I wanted more. Maybe there will be a sequel?
Susan's Reviews
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made the mistake of watching the movie before I read the book. Normally, I always prefer the book. In this case, I really enjoyed the things that "were not said" in the movie - the actors were able to convey with facial expressions and their body language what they dared not say out loud. In comparison, the book is quite "chatty". Cameron Post, in the book, comes across as naive but sexually curious, whereas Chloe Grace Moretz, in the movie, portrayed Cameron as a typical young teen who just ...more
Heidi
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
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Snotchocheez
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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
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Kat
Apr 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kate (GirlReading)
3.75*
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
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AMEERA
Dec 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kerri
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a slow book, and while that meant I had a few moments of not quite caring as much as I had thought I would, by the end those parts felt vital to the story. I realized that Cameron had become such a real figure to me, that it was all the more troubling to see way, 'God's Promise Christian Discipleship Program' started to impact her.

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
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kav (xreadingsolacex)
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
trigger warnings: conversion therapy, homophobia/homophobic slurs, self-harm (none of this is condoned but it is very prevalent)

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
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Amanda Pearl
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
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dean
Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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.
Eliza Rapsodia
Apr 10, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody?
Recommended to Eliza by: Nadie
DNF at page 92 / ABANDONADO EN LA PÁGINA 92.

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.
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N (they/them)
”Maybe I still haven’t become me. I don’t know how you can tell for sure when you finally have.”



3.5 stars
TW: graphic depictions and references to self-harm, internalized homophobia, slurs (most directed at gay/lesbian people)
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*full review include favorite quotes and a spoiler section


Okay, so I have no idea what to rate this book. It has been over a week sinceI finished it, and Istillhave no idea what to rate it. I mean, I guess it's good when a book does that to you. But
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Romie
Feb 24, 2018 marked it as could-not-finish
I think there comes a point in this book at which you ask yourself if it's truly worth it to read it and for me it was ‘no, thank you.’
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
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Katie
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Iris
[Trigger warnings for self harm, and MAJOR internalized homophobia/homophobia in general (challenged)]

So. How did I feel about this book?

I really liked it for the most part. It dealt with some REALLY important topics, and I think it dealt with them well.
But there were also a lot of things that didn't quite work for me.

THINGS I LIKED:

- Really important discussions about homophobia in religion, and internalized homophobia. It was a difficult topic, but I think it was handled really well.

- Cameron
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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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