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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  42,412 ratings  ·  4,277 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 lif
Kindle Edition, 485 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Emma P Danforth said that it was originally like, twice as long, and she still has the whole second half, and could release it someday. I really hope she doe…moreDanforth said that it was originally like, twice as long, and she still has the whole second half, and could release it someday. I really hope she does(less)
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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)
Re-Read with Sapphic Squad 🦋💖

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
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
Whitney Atkinson
cameron post protection squad 2020. this book made me feel like i was in the montana summer, it was so vivid. what i thought would be a tragic book about conversion therapy camp was actually a lot more heartfelt and funny than that (but still infuriating and upsetting, don't get me wrong). I can't wait to watch the movie and see how they tackled it. ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
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 c
Mar 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star, lgbt-read
First of all: every girl she became friends with were queer. Like how? I would like to know her secret.

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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!

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.
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
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? ...more
Susan's Reviews
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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 w ...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
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
Apr 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
I Hate It 💔
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
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
Kate (GirlReading)
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
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
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.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lesbians
One of my top 10 books of 2019!

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
Feb 24, 2018 marked it as could-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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
Eliza Rapsodia
Apr 10, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  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
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emily m. danforth's first novel--The Miseducation of Cameron Post-- is a coming of GAYge story set largely in Miles City, Montana, the cattle ranching town where she was born and raised. It was made into a feature film of the same name in 2018.

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