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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  25,855 ratings  ·  3,001 reviews
The night Cameron Post's parents died, her first emotion was relief. Relief they would never know that, hours earlier, she'd been kissing a girl.

Now living with her conservative aunt in small-town Montana, hiding her sexuality and blending in and becomes second nature to Cameron until she begins an intense friendship with the beautiful Coley Taylor.

Desperate to 'correct' h
Paperback, 470 pages
Published August 3rd 2017 by Penguin (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 eas ...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.


4 Stars


“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 yo
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
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 sup ...more
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 ter
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.
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
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
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.
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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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?
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Kate (GirlReading)
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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 could 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 sam
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 girl-discove
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 mo
Apr 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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kav (xreadingsolacex)
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 a
Elise (TheBookishActress)
4 stars. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is an incredible coming-of-age which I'm really glad to have read.

Danforth's characterization is consistent and multidimensional. Cameron is a believable protagonist, unsure of herself but wanting to be. Her internal voice is very strong.

This strength of characterization applies across the board. The antagonists are as believable and complex as they are terrifying. I feel as if I know Aunt Ruth, and she terrifies me with her odd blend of well-intentione
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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.
Wendi Lee
This coming-of-age story has been on TBR for a long time now. I'm so glad I finally got to read it. RTC.
Eliza Rapsodia
Apr 10, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody?
Recommended to Eliza by: Nadie


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
”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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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 a
emily t
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a bit too slow and descriptive for me at times, but nonetheless a really honest, emotional, well-characterized, and insightful book that I’m glad to have read ❤ ...more
[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.


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

- Cameron
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, fo
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5

Some thoughts:
•The writing is immersive and concise.
-But there are many moments, especially in the first half, where it drags.
•I loved the ending. It was beautiful and fitting.
-And yet, it also felt unfinished, on the whole. There were too many unresolved plot lines, and that is frustrating; too many questions remain— “What happens next?”
•It was overlong. It should have been at least 150 pages shorter.
•The conversion camp (and those like it) should’ve been condemned 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
“Maybe I still haven't become me. I don't know how you tell for sure when you finally have.” 75 likes
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