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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 life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship--one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to "fix" her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self--even if she's not exactly sure who that is.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.

485 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 7, 2012

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Emily M. Danforth

2 books1,841 followers
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.

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 for almost a decade with her wife Erica and two dogs, Kevin and Sally O'Malley.

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. For several years, she was an Assistant Professor of English at Rhode Island college. emily has also worked as a lifeguard, a swim instructor, a bartender, a waiter, an aquatics director at a YWCA, a door-to-door salesperson (for one summer in college), and a telemarketer (for about 2 weeks in college).

emily' favorite slasher movie is April Fool's Day (1986).

Her favorite drink is iced coffee with extra ice. (Followed closely by the Aperol Spritz.)

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1,635 reviews34k followers
March 10, 2012
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 eastern Montana in 1989.

It was the kind of heat where a breeze feels like someone's venting a dryer over the town, whipping dust and making the cottonseeds from the big cottonwoods float across a wide blue sky and collect in soft tufts on neighborhood lawns. Irene and I called it summer snow, and sometimes we'd squint into the dry glare and try to catch cotton on our tongues.

It's a pleasure to be lulled into the slow rhythm of the author's words and to enjoy the moments of stillness and spontaneity throughout the entire story. As the novel begins, Cameron's parents have gone off on their annual camping trip, and she's spending the summer with her best friend Irene, eating too-big scoops of ice cream and strawberry pretzel salad, freezing wet shirts to keep cool, telling stories, and watching the twilight creep over the town. There's a new awareness between the two girls, however, which floods Cameron with pleasure and confusion when things suddenly take an unexpected turn.

There's nothing to know about a kiss like that before you do it. It was all action and reaction, the way her lips were salty and she tasted like root beer. The way I felt sort of dizzy the whole time. If it had been that one kiss, then it would have been just the dare, and that would have been no different than anything we'd done before. But after that kiss, as we leaned against the crates, a yellow jacket swooping and arcing over some spilled pop, Irene kissed me again.

Later, the girls talk about how they'd get in trouble if anyone found out.

Even though no one had ever told me, specifically, not to kiss a girl before, nobody had to. It was guys and girls who kissed--in our grade, on TV, in the movies, in the world; and that's how it worked, guys and girls. Anything else was something weird.

Shortly afterwards, Cameron's parents die in a car crash and she's sent to live with her conservative Aunt Ruth in the small town of Miles City, Montana, where she does her best to fit in and forget what happened before. So when beautiful Coley Taylor arrives on the scene, it spells trouble in a big way--and things spiral out of control in Cameron's world when she is sent off to God's Promise, a Christian de-gaying camp. (The author addresses this very frankly in most of the interviews I've seen, so I'm assuming it's not a spoiler to include that info here.) Here, she is to learn "appropriate gender roles" and refrain from "negative bonding over sinful/unhealthy desires."

I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel, so it was a relief to find it doesn't feel at all heavy-handed. I've realized recently that the problem I have with so many Message Books is that you can so clearly tell the author set out with an agenda and just filled in additional details to make a story. However, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a fully realized novel in every way, and if Cameron weren't gay, it would still be a well-crafted, well-written story with an immensely appealing protagonist...even if she's not always completely likable. But I sort of like that about her, you know? Because most of us were pretty unbearable as teenagers, and I found her prickliness and defiance to be sympathetic and very real.

Fair warning that Cameron is just as likely to tell you to eff off as she is to bum a smoke off you, though. For even though there are beautiful moments of stillness and jumbled, joyous images of childhood (Cameron puts a piece of flourite in her mouth at one point so she can taste its hardness and grit, which is something I totally did as a kid), there are also frank sexual situations, marijuana use, shoplifting, and all kinds of other things that might normally drive me up the wall when they're casually included in your typical YA book.

But this isn't a fluffy young adult novel at all, and it's easy to understand why Cameron acts out as she tries to figure out who she is under extremely difficult circumstances. Not to mention that her feelings are not at all unusual; Cameron's confusion and longing during the prom scene when Coley dances with someone else is that stuff of universal loneliness and despair. As a reader, it also hurt unbearably to read about Mark Turner, son of a preacher from a mega church in Nebraska, who is the "poster boy for a Christian upbringing, but yet here he was, at Promise, just like the rest of us." Mark's struggles with his faith and his natural impulses are devastating to witness, and it's a brutal reminder that there are sometimes terrible consequences when we ignore what's right in the name of what's righteous.

I appreciated how honestly teenage sex and experimentation were portrayed, in a way that didn't feel tacky or sensationalized. And I appreciated the restraint with which this enormously touchy subject was handled. I found myself getting very angry as I read the book--it's hard not to when you see a child being told unequivocally that he's going to hell for what he feels--but the story is remarkably even-handed. While Cameron is defiant and angry over her containment, as most of the kids are, the few harsh words about the program include "I'm just saying that sometimes you can end up really messing somebody up because the way you're trying to supposedly help them is really messed up." Instead of using this platform to rant or rage, the author simply allows us to get to know Cameron and provides the framework for the question: after reading this girl's story, which is the story of so many girls and boys just like her, can anyone deny the validity of her feelings?

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a fierce book that boldly explores identity, sexuality, and human responsibility in a relatable way, even as it demands attention from your social conscience and reaches out for your empathy. Even with such a hot-button topic, however, it somehow manages to refrain from outright condemnation of those who oppose its views. It's a shame that twenty years after the events of this book, this type of tolerance is still not entirely a two-way street.

Recommended for mature teens and adults only.

About the Book

The author was partially inspired by the true story of a 16-year-old boy who said he was being sent to a de-gaying camp in Tennessee. Read more about this in the author's Slate interview with author Curtis Sittenfeld.

Emily Danforth also has a deleted scene from the book on her website.

This review also appears in The Midnight Garden.
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425 reviews1,641 followers
April 25, 2018
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 your chest aches?

That was this book for me. It’s gorgeously written, and parts of this hit me hard.

Aside: As powerful as this story is, it can be very triggering within the LGBT+ community. Not sure where to say that, but I haven’t seen it mentioned and I think it should be.


The antagonists aren’t demons.

Instead, they are fleshed-out characters, with their own quirks, motivations and mistakes. Instead of simply committing horrible crimes in the name of revenge or power—they honestly believe they’re doing the right thing.

I don’t know about you, but to me that’s terrifying. And it was expertly handled.

This is hyper-realistic and really reads like an autobiography. (It is an own-voices novel and shows)

Emily M. Danforth truly knows how to set a scene, and everything from the gorgeous descriptions of Montana summers to the minute details of Cam’s day reflect this. The pace is very gradually and overall incredibly atmospheric.

The characters are never explored completely, but instead we sort of receive snapshots of them at specific points This was very interesting to me, especially since the characters were fairly diverse and dynamic.


This is sloooooooowwwwwww

It seems weird I would put that under Cons and Pros, but it’s the truth. It’s one of the strong points, but it can also be very detracting. Sometimes it was hard to reach for this book when I knew I was going to get pages and pages of daily activates and descriptions.

This is somewhat overstuffed with drug usage, alcohol and sexual situations all involving very young individuals. It gave the book a realistic vibe and was always handled in a way that felt true to the characters, but again—made it hard to reach for.

There’s not a lot of resolution for anything. The ending just sort of happens, and I'm not sure how to feel about it.

In Conclusion:

As engrossing as this was for me, it’s interesting it wasn’t a 5-Star read. But I think at 500+ pages it might have all been a bit much without really reaching a clear conclusion.

I created a new shelf because of this book: Best-Books-I-Never-Want-To-Re-Read.
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355 reviews129 followers
August 8, 2018
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.

***************Spoiler Warning*********************
One summer day, Cameron and her best friend Irene stave off boredom by shoplifting and making out with each other; later that night, Cameron learns that both of her parents died in a car crash and her first thought is one of relief for not getting caught for either of those activities. Guilt kicks in, her religious Aunt Ruth moves in to take care of her, and Irene leaves for boarding school back East. Mostly Cameron fills her time with swim team and hanging out with a gang of boys drinking and smoking pot and doing mildly destructive things, but now she's also involved with a youth group in an ultra-conservative megachurch of Aunt Ruth's choosing. Then drop-dead gorgeous cowgirl Coley comes to town and Cameron falls in love with her; eventually they start making out every chance they get, which builds to one scene in particular,after which Coley reports Cameron to their pastor as an instigator and manipulator of unnatural sexual activity. Aunt Ruth sends Cameron away to a conservative Christian school where they basically try to pray the gay out of her. She loses her right to privacy and endures daily one-on-one sessions (later, group sessions) with the quasi-therapists at the school, but luckily she falls in with Jane and Adam who know how to talk the talk with their teachers without actually giving in to the brainwashing sessions. Something bad happens to one of the students. Then Cameron, Jane, and Adam escape. End of story. We have no actual idea of what happens to them after that point.
****************End of Spoiler***********************

One of my biggest problem with this book is that I think it's overwritten to the tune of about 150 pages. Cameron just wasn't interesting enough and her "issues" just not compelling enough to draw out her story that much. I did a ton of skimming. I thought that the dialogue itself was pretty good, as were the passages of teen interactions. But I think the author does a disservice to her readers for not being more condemning of schools like the one to which Cameron was exiled. Not to mention the fact that Cameron herself doesn't seem to think that the place is all that bad. No, she doesn't like it, but she pretty regularly lets the therapists off the hook because she knows that they really *believe* that gayness is a sin that can be cured, and that didn't make sense to me considering the rage that Cameron is occasionally described as having but rarely shown to the reader.

But my biggest concern with this novel is that it doesn't make it clear enough that schools like the one Cameron is sent away to are unacceptable, full stop, no exceptions. And that, to me, is the most dangerous thing in this book.
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940 reviews14k followers
November 3, 2020
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.
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1,096 reviews17.7k followers
May 14, 2019
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 conversion therapy camp where Cameron has been sent by her aunt, after Coley reports to her parents that Cameron has forced herself upon her (their relationship has been entirely consensual). Cameron is blindsided, and betrayed, and increasingly reluctant to admit that to the audience — we see her as closed off and numb. She barbs at her aunt and rarely, if ever, exhibits any kind of character breakdown, making her progression hard to see. But her coming-of-age is inextricably wound with her accepting of herself as a lesbian, despite the hate she has been taught to have for herself.

Cameron’s journey, thus, mostly surrounds internalized homophobia. In her first encounter with Coley, she puts words to the alienation: “Even though no one had ever told me, specifically, not to kiss a girl before, nobody had to. It was guys and girls who kissed in our grade, on TV, in the movies, in the world, and that's how it worked: guys and girls. Anything else was something weird.” Even in a world where queerness is more accepted, being queer is fundamentally alienating: you learn that you are other, and so you must make your experience consumable for others. Straight people are people; we are other.

The second half of this text is incredibly painful to read; Aunt Ruth’s oddly well-intentioned homophobia is painful, because it comes so close to sounding rational. Even Cameron is caught up: “I felt like it could be that God had made this happen, had killed my parents, because I was living my life so wrong that I had to be punished, that I had to be made to understand how I must change, and that Ruth was right, that I had to change through God.” She learns to hate herself quickly because society has already taught her to hate herself: conversion therapy just extends it. When Cameron finally realizes, with the help of other queer people at the camp, that she is not the problem, she tells the audience this:
“It’s supposed to convince you that you’re always gonna be a dirty sinner and that it’s completely your fault because you’re not trying hard enough to change yourself.”

Cameron Post does not end on a happy takedown of the camp and all its ideals: rather, The homophobes in this book do not change their minds. The development is all in Cameron herself. “Maybe I still haven't become me. I don't know how you tell for sure when you finally have,” Cameron tells us at the end. Problems are not gone, but she finally understands that she is not the problem.

There's a lot about this book that shines, honestly. Danforth's characterization is consistent and multidimensional; Cameron is a believable protagonist, unsure of herself but wanting to be, and with a strong internal voice. 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-intentioned homophobia. I also appreciated the gorgeous depictions of the Montana setting. I also actually think the conversion therapy section does a fairly good job skirting away from being torture porn; it has a clear point at all times.

Essentially I only have two negatives about this book: 1) despite the worthy first section, it is just a bit too long. At least a hundred pages could've been cut here; descriptions of the setting can't keep me interested forever. 2) several comments made by Cameron and friends are somewhat biphobic and not criticized; I think it's meant to echo the '90s, but in such a deep-into-human-psyche book, it's just out of place and I struggle to respect it.

But overall, I would highly recommend this - it is worth the read.

TW: severe homophobia and transphobia, conversion therapy.

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666 reviews414 followers
November 20, 2021
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. But I wish they got some closure at the end. And anyways, what's better than falling in love with your friend who you already know well?

The "main" realationship was disgusting. And not just because it was really fustrating that she kissed every girl she became friends with, but because it was based on cheating. I don't care if you are closeted, cheating is cheating and if you are messing with someone's realationship, especially if the third person is innocent, you are disgusting. You both are.
They were actually excited for the summer when the boyfriend finally went to some camp. I wanted to vomit.

Then when her aunt sent her to conversion therapy (even if she knew in her head that it's bad) she acted like she was on a holiday and treated her family the same. Don't even try to convince me that a normal person wouldn't scream and kick and run. I understand when someone is raised in a cult and is afraid, that's a whole another story, but Cameron had nothing to be afraid of. She was just like all right, I'll go. Why did I feel more offended and hurt on her behalf than she did?

Her breakdown could have been really impactful. The emotions (anger, sadness, hatred, fear, guilt) could have been growing inside her until they exploded. But she didn't even felt a thing. She just lived like fish in the water and decided out of thin air she has to escape when someone else had a mental breakdown. A really bad one. Now, that boy went through some serious shit and I would have rather read a book about him, because that was the only part I actually felt something.

This whole book should have been disturbing, but it clearly wasn't. It was just bad. And annoying.

If you want to read an upsetting religious lgbt book, I recommend Autoboyography. Watch some Dear Mr Atheist video about mormonism before, if you want to maximise the experience.
That book broke me. Into pieces.

Also, my most recent read with the same promise to this one, but with a way better execution: Orpheus Girl. It literally gave me a cult nightmare.
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1,520 reviews8,996 followers
November 21, 2018
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 supposedly straight cowgirl. Cam's friendship with Coley develops into something intense and unexpected, something that could leave room for more. But when Aunt Ruth finds out about Cam and her "homosexual tendencies", she sends her away and forces her to find out who she really is - and to confront the demons of her past and her future.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is unlike any book I've read before. Yes, it's a coming-of-age story, but it's about a gay girl growing up in Montana (in the 90's). Emily Danforth describes the rural atmosphere perfectly, capturing the heat and the humidity as well as the cool night air. Her writing made this book work - she included several descriptions, similes, and metaphors that may have spun out of control if any other author had tried to write the book. There was one passage later on in the novel about those sticky-hand toys we all played with in the past; when I read that paragraph, I felt like Danforth somehow knew how I felt about those toys. Her writing elucidated a keen eye for detail and a control of that detail in her descriptions.

What made this book beautiful for me was its quality as a bildungsroman. Here's a part one of the many passages that I adored:

But I didn't have any of that faith, and I didn't know where to get it, how to get it, or even if I wanted it right then. I felt like it could be that God had made this happen, had killed my parents, because I was living my life so wrong that I had to be punished, that I had to be made to understand how I must change, and that Ruth was right, that I had to change through God. But I also thought, at the exact same time I was thinking the other stuff, that maybe what all this meant was that there was no God, but instead only fate and the chain of events that is, for each of us, predetermined.

Cameron's journey from a child to a young adult didn't feel preachy, pretentious, or too prolonged. She makes mistakes, contemplates life, falls in and out of love, and basically lives like a real yet somehow extraordinary human being. She's frank and sometimes feisty, but that voice won me over. There were themes that ran throughout the novel, but none of them took center stage over her development as a character.

My review can be summarized in two questions. Is Cameron Post a bad role model? Maybe. Is she an honest girl with a fighting heart who I wish teens would read about and emulate? Definitely.

*review cross-posted on my blog, the quiet voice.
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1,993 reviews298k followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
June 19, 2012
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.
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1,127 reviews2,172 followers
December 15, 2013
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 again, to write reviews for these novels. I want to write reviews for these books because they deserve reviews and they deserve to be read and mulled over and cherished on a shelf. Yet, the words fail me. In a desperate attempt, I have tried to string together a few phrases, a couple of sentences, in an effort to spread my love for these two novels. Even if these non-reviews don't convince you, I certainly hope that someone, someday, will thrust these into your hands and make you read them. It's worth it.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily danforth is a novel I've been meaning to read for a long time - a very long time. It went onto my TBR even before it was released because of the acclaim it received and, even after winning an award, it went unread on my Kindle. I don't know why. It is a quiet, moving, and utterly fierce novel. It’s the type of story that creeps up on you; the prose keeps you flipping the pages, but it isn’t until much later that the full emotional impact finally hits. At somewhere around the 80% mark, tears leaked from my eyes; slowly, and then all at once, pouring out at speeds I couldn’t even have imagined. You see, this is a story of one girl's struggle to reconcile her sexuality and, although the narration can drag and even become dull at parts, it is incredibly moving all the same. Cameron's life, full of a multitude of sexual encounters, define her, slowly but surely, and the themes of feminism - of encouraging women to be proud of their sexuality and unafraid to stand up for it - is astounding.

Nevertheless, this novel truly gutted me in its historical depiction. danforth's debut is set in the late 1900s and, as such, the LGBT movement isn't as prevalent as it is today. In Cameron's small town, a religious and conservative area, her identity as a lesbian is looked at as a sin. As such, she is sent to a religious camp over the summer in an effort to "cure" her. It doesn't really hit you, until you meet the teens at this camp, the type of behavior they've had to put up with all their lives. Everyone, from their parents to their teachers, are telling these teens that they are wrong, that they are bad, that they are horrible for loving someone who isn't of the opposite sex and the manner in which this is conveyed - the events that occur at this camp - just destroyed me. I've never considered the LGBT community in this manner before and, truly, danforth's debut is not only inspiring and feminist, but eye-opening as well. It isn't merely the journey of a girl, it is the journey and struggle of people everywhere, homosexual or heterosexual. It demands to be read. Much like The Book Thief, this is one book you're better off just experiencing - words do it no justice.

You can read this review an more on my blog, Ivy Book Bindings.
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301 reviews64.1k followers
January 12, 2014

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. In YA especially, that's practically unheard of! Going into it, though, I had no concerns.. it had to be long (and have such a tiny font) for a good reason! .. Umm, no. This book took me 7 months to read. 7 MONTHS TO READ. On my initial pick up I read a hefty amount but got kind of bored and had to put it down.. I then made attempt after attempt to "finish it up" and month after month I had to put it back down because of how laborious it was. The writing was drawn out and nothing nteresting enough happened to warrant nearly 500 pages. I did finish it: I wanted to finish it because I could feel the quality hiding just around the corner, but man oh man was it a long haul without enough pay off.
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246 reviews135 followers
December 7, 2016
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 terrible news. And you thought it was because of you.

"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."

I don't think I can.

This book is about accepting your self just the way you are, even when you're a lesbian. But Cameron lives with her conservative and religious (I must say) aunt Ruth who immediately sent her to Christian School & Center for Healing called God's Promise when she found out about her preference in love life. I personally against this kind of healing. Because this is how God has made us. There's nothing to change. Just be good with who you are and other people and that should be enough.

That's why I totally agree with what Cameron had said on this healing:

"The whole fucking purpose of this place is to make us hate ourselves so that we change. We're supposed to hate who we are, despise it."

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146 reviews262 followers
September 12, 2018
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.
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201 reviews54 followers
February 8, 2019
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 same sex or gender identity as you. I like that it started with Cameron’s first same-sex kiss when she was 12, and her certainty that it was wrong. Not because anyone told her it was wrong but because she had never seen anything other than the heteronormative relationships that are visible in everyday life. Even from childhood (just look at Disney or Pixar for example – there is only ever heteronormative relationships and if there is a hint of anything else people lose their minds!) it is embedded that only heteronormative relationships are normal. It felt like such an honest element of the realisation and one that it is important to remember, visibility matters!

Early on in the book there is a time when Cameron is exploring the concept of there being a language and a community that she would have access to as someone who liked girls. I thought this was a really interesting exploration and so very true, a lot of young LGBTQ+ people don’t have the language to express who they are because it is, in general, not mainstream and as much as labels are not always useful, it can be good to have the words you need to understand yourself before deciding if you need to label yourself at all – but you need to know the language before you do that.

One of the things that I found really interesting was the way that the novel approached the subject of faith, and the way that faith can be pushed upon people, particularly at times of hardship and grief, by others even with the best intentions. Also that even religions that appear to teach love and acceptance can be twisted and used as a weapon against people, even by those who are ultimately not bad people in the general sense. The author has brilliantly shown this without making the religious characters ridiculous, villainous caricatures. Instead they are people that believe, honestly, that they are doing the right thing (which in my opinion makes it all the more scary and real). The town where I grew up was a hub for born again Christians and the character of Aunt Ruth rang so true.

I think the importance of this story comes from bringing the work of conversion therapy and groups, which are a real fear for LGBTQ+ people and incredibly damaging, to light and tackling this is a really important step. It is powerful and difficult to read but it is truly important. The fact that in 2018 these therapies are still allowed because of the fear of impeding on someone’s religious freedom is more important than the basic rights, humanity and dignity of LGBTQ+ people is disgraceful and should be talked about. I would like to note at this point that I know that there are Christian people who believe the same thing and are big supporters of the LGBTQ+ community, and not all Christians should be judged on the actions of a few but it is impossible to deny that the mistreatment of the LGBTQ+ community has been carried out in the name of religions worldwide for a long time and denial of a history does not benefit anyone.

To sum up, I have given this book 3.5 stars because it is a good story and it is a hugely important LGBTQ+ narrative that should be out there. However, the story loses stars for me because of the problems with the pacing. It is a very slow burn and has a lot of details that don’t add the story or the building of characters and as a result I could see a lot of people struggling to get through the novel and maybe not finish it which is a shame because it is a good and important story. I would recommend that you read this novel but do go into it with an understanding that it is a tough subject and at times emotionally difficult to read – it is not aimed at the younger side of YA readers – but it is a very worthwhile read.

A big thank you to Netgalley and Penguin for the free copy of The Miseducation of Cameron Post in exchange for an unbiased review.

Orginal Review

What an emotional read, I will post a full review tomorrow but for now I need some time to gather my thoughts on this book.
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593 reviews136 followers
July 8, 2015
I feel like I've been waiting for this book for forever and it is finally, finally, finally here and it was perfect.

I want to read this book a million more times and I want a sequel, ASAP. Okay, great, cool.

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177 reviews344 followers
July 20, 2020
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 all-time and it just blew me away. The Miseducation of Cameron Post reads like a classic, like a good classic, and I personally believe it should go down as a classic.

Let's deconstruct this novel a bit, shall we?

First of all, this might be the most raw and authentic representation of a character I have ever encountered. Cameron's identity as a lesbian is the core of this novel, and the journey Danforth takes us on in exploring her identity is one of the greatest things in literature today.

As I said, the first half of this novel really puts a focus on Cameron discovering her sexuality and this was one of the most organic progressions, especially considering the outside circumstances of Cameron's time period. The second half then focuses on Cameron in this conversion therapy setting and it is breathtakingly phenomenal. Conversion therapy is the harsh reality for queer people out there, and though this novel takes place in the 1990's, conversion therapy still exists today and the power a story like this can have goes beyond words. It shows the truth of conversion therapy and the absolute horror of teaching kids to hate themselves and believes they're "dirty sinners" - a difficult conversation to have, but a necessary one.

And then, there are the characters.

The characters in this novel are some of the most well-developed and fleshed out characters I have ever read about. Of course, there's the main character Cameron, who is easily a new favorite protagonist of mine. Like everything else in this novel, her voice is so raw and she has these quirks that just make her such a real person.

But then, there's the phenomenal supporting cast. Whereas there is a sense of who the protagonists and antagonists are in this novel, nothing is truly black and white. First of all, like Cameron, each of these characters is so well-fleshed-out and well-developed that it's impossible not to see them as real people. But another huge positive of how this development is how each character really sees themselves as a good person and truly believes that they're a good person even when sees homosexuality as a sin.

The antagonists aren't painted as two-dimensional villains - they are real people raised in a society that teaches them that homosexuality is wrong and they genuinely believe that they are helping these kids by teaching them to follow God. And there's something so unabashedly honest about that.

Then, there are the more positive supporting characters and they have their own quirks that make them such authentic parts of the story as well. The friends Cameron makes are just as real as she is, adding another layer of depth to this story.

As for the plot, I feel that part of that got intertwined in the previous aspects I discussed of this novel.

As I originally stated, at it's core, this novel is a lesbian coming-of-age story - an underrepresented but crucial narrative. The time period this novel is set in really brings to light the harsh realities of homophobia and the hell that queer people have had, and sometimes still have to, face due to their identities.

And then there's the aspect of the writing.

This novel can come off very slow-paced, and I understand that being a challenge for some readers. But I felt that this was a positive because it really dove into every possible nook and cranny and I came out (no pun intended) fully satisfied after reading this novel. And as I said, this novel reads like a classic, meaning the author is definitely skilled and talented with her words.

All in all, words will never do justice to how I felt reading this novel. It was a masterpiece and I am so, so damn glad I finally read it.
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2,206 reviews1,329 followers
July 31, 2019
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 old enough to remember this era so all the cultural references felt very nostalgic, your constantly reminded that Cameron’s uphill battle to want to just be herself seems even more shocking.
The idea that she could be sent to a retreat to be ‘corrected’ made me so mad that people could hold these beliefs.

The book can be slow and ponderous at times but it reminded me of my own school years, time seemed to go much slower as a teenager!

The movie is certainly more accessible but the plot really picks up during the second half and again I found myself rooting for a happy ending.
Either on page or screen this is an important story to tell.
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279 reviews133 followers
February 25, 2018
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?
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1,107 reviews534 followers
January 26, 2021
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 wanted to blend in with the rest of the crowd, while still maintaining her sexual identity.

Alas, Cameron's parents are dead, and she is being raised by her "born again Christian" aunt. When Cameron is discovered making out with her friend, she is banished to God's Promise - a camp for teens who have gender identity issues, in order to be "cured of this sin". It is very hard not to be outraged that such camps continue to exist. Any form of religion, when taken to an extreme, can be harmful to society - especially its youngest members. We cannot accept dogma unquestioningly. Cameron's parents were not born again Christians, and yet Cameron's aunt imposed her own religious beliefs on her niece. Children don't often seem to be given the option to "opt out" of their caretakers' belief systems. I recall my own frustration with this same issue as I grew up, but my situation was in no way as dire as Cameron's. I now consider myself a spiritual person, versus a religious person. I don't want to be limited to one belief system or philosophy: I don't think any of them have gotten it right, except when they uphold the ideal that we need to learn to tolerate and love one another, push aside our greedy instincts and try to share the earth's bounty with each other and all of the Universe's creatures/creation. Prejudice and intolerance are usually based on fear and ignorance. The more we are allowed to learn about other cultures and beliefs, the stronger our global community will be.

No gender or culture should reign supreme over the other. We should resist brainwashing young children with our own personal belief systems, but then again, change is slow, and young people do need direction and guidance. I don't have any far-reaching solutions, but this book is an excellent example of what happens to young people who are forced into a mold they cannot possibly be happy in. I highly recommend this book and the movie.
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771 reviews178 followers
April 4, 2012
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 that are worth consuming slowly, taking in each word and phrase as it comes because every one of them has been carefully considered and placed to enrich the story. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is this third kind of book. I’ll admit I was intimidated by its girth, but I found every moment that I spent reading filling me up in a way that hearty wheat bread can fill your belly--with nourishment and substance.

Now, I’ll admit, a lot of my attachment to The Miseducation of Cameron Post arose from the fact that this book, more than any other I have ever read, exemplifies my childhood. If you want to know what it was like growing up in small town Wyoming in the 90s, not too far from Billings, Montana--it’s not all that different from growing up in small town Miles City, not too far from Billings, Montana. Cameron and I went to the same mall to do school shopping, we stop at the same airport, and more importantly, our towns share the same businesses, people, and atmosphere. I cannot tell you how badly I was craving Taco Johns every time it was mentioned, and I am so sad for all of you that don’t live in the mountain states and know its glory (you know, as glorious as a Mexican fast food chain can be). When Emily M. Danforth wrote of thunderheads gathering on the horizon, I could smell it, and feel the hot, dry summer air. We played with firecrackers, bought gas at Conoco, bought crafts at Ben Franklin’s, we had kids wearing those blue FFA jackets at school; to this day I miss Schwan’s single-serve pizzas and push pops. I further bonded with Cameron because we were both swimmers who hung out largely with boys, and had lost parents at twelve (thankfully, in my case, not both). Despite what I felt was a very personal attachment to this book, I don’t think you need to have one to enjoy it. Danforth creates such a strong image of Miles City, and God’s Promise, that any reader will feel immersed.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming of age story in the truest sense of the term. We follow Cameron from the time that she is twelve, until she is seventeen (or near enough). I loved seeing Cameron come into her own as a person, realize who she was, and fumble with her sense of self in the same way that every teen experiences. For Cameron, much of this is focused on the fact that she is a lesbian, but it didn’t have to be--this story would have been just as compelling if she’d been strait. Certainly, this book will speak to any teens who feel trapped in a situation, their family, their town, and need to find themselves to decide how best to manage their future. I am not meaning to diminish the importance of The Miseducation of Cameron Post as a work of LGBT literature, merely stating that I think this is a work that could influence anyone, the LGBT aspect is not the only way readers will relate to this book.

Cameron Post herself is one of my new literary best friends. I love this girl. She’s a bit of a klepto, which I never understood, but other than that we bonded hard core. I love that to her, her sexuality isn’t a choice, a political statement, or a counter-culture movement--it’s just who she is. So many adults in her life reacted to her as if she were acting out, when in reality she was just being a kid, and being who she was. The sad fact that those she loved most had no idea how to love those parts of Cameron they didn’t agree with or understand broke my heart.

I think it is easy for those many people who live in very liberal areas to look unkindly and with harsh judgement at evangelical Christians such as much of Cameron’s town. When you only experience these people through the bubble that is media, and not through personal experience, it becomes so easy to write them off as horrible people because of their judgements on homosexuals. This has always been a tough position for me. Much of my hometown, and many people that I love dearly share these views. Their adamant belief that homosexuality equates to damnation doesn’t change the fact that they are often wonderful, caring, heartfelt people. What Cameron’s family does to her, they do because they are trying to help, and because they love her. I can respect that, and so can Cameron. That doesn’t make it right, but I appreciate so much that Emily M. Danforth did strive to show these people as caring, and helpless to understand because of their beliefs. There was no outspoken rebellion against Christianity in general, only an acknowledgement that the methods used in this particular case were flawed, and doomed from the start--you can’t cure something that isn’t a sickness. Because of this treatment, I hope that those who avoid books with religious themes are not put off by The Misedcuation of Cameron Post. It is not preachy either for or against the nature/nurture arguments of homosexuality, it is the story of a girl finding and accepting herself in a time and place where so many obstacles stand in her way.
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250 reviews7 followers
April 23, 2012
This book was awful. If the author had cut out fully half of the rambling, going-nowhere storylines and spent that energy developing the characters more, it would have been much better.
After all the hype and good reviews, I was really very hopeful that this would be a good one, but I found myself struggling through a few chapters a night, hoping it would get better - but it never did. The poor main character had all the makings of a classic heroine, but never got there. The text was littered with bible references and religious assertions that led to guilt, frustration, and one character horribly injuring himself, but even that didn't seem to further the plot at all, and Cameron never did deal with her issues, save for a brief moment when she visited the place where her parents died (even then, though, it felt like it was more something the author felt she should do than something the character wanted to do). It just didn't work as a cohesive story, and I'm very disappointed, because I had high hopes for it.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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551 reviews259 followers
August 25, 2014
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 more like adult literary fiction than YA, but for this type of story it works well. The writing could have easily overpowered the story, making it feel heavy handed and slow to read, but Danforth does an excellent job painting a complete picture. It's easy to get completely submerged in her writing.

I really appreciated how honestly Danforth handled Cameron's sexuality. Nothing about it was overdone, it was understated and shy and exactly what so many kids go through when they get their first crush. Straight or gay, I could completely related to the confusion and excitement of young love.

I also really liked how the Christian characters weren't one dimensional villains. I think it could have been very easy to make these characters judgmental and cruel, but instead I could understand where they were coming from. I wanted to hate Ruth, Rick, and Lydia, but I understood those characters and realized that in their mind they were trying to help Cameron and her classmates. It's fairly obvious that they weren't very successful with their methods, but Danforth doesn't outright condemn them either. It is possible for good people to do very bad things without realizing it.

Overall The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a fantastic addition to the growing LGBT themed books in the YA community. It shows how sexuality isn't a black or white issue and I hope it will raise awareness that people are people first, and their sexuality and religion second. This is a fantastic book for parents and teachers to start a dialogue about tolerance for different sexualities.
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127 reviews135 followers
March 1, 2021
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 the bat she has my respect.

I think every teenager, along with everyone who has ever been a teenager, can find something to relate to in Cameron. Her struggles as a lesbian in a small town in Montana in the nineties are obviously central to the story, but there’s so much more to her beyond that. She is grieving the loss of her parents, rebelling against authority, trying to fit in with her peers, trying to process complicated emotions, finding her place in the world, figuring out who she is. She’s an easy character to empathize with because she reminds me what it was like to navigate the confusing years of adolescence. Despite our differences – I have zero experience with small town life and have never even visited Montana – I saw myself in her.

Speaking of small town Montana, Danforth paints such a vivid picture of Cameron’s hometown of Miles City. Her imagery reminds me of Shobha Rao’s Girls Burn Brighter, which I recently read; the one thing both books have in common is that their protagonists’ hometowns have such an identifiable impact on who they are. I love that. And I love the way Danforth effortlessly transported me to places I’d never been and made me feel things, some that I’d never felt and some that were almost too familiar. This book broke my heart. I wish I could force everyone in the world to read it. I thought it was beautiful.
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595 reviews336 followers
August 10, 2012

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-discovers-she-likes-girls in the late 80s-early 90s kinda story. The titular narrator Cameron feels a tremendous amount of guilt when her parents are killed in a car crash, right around the same time (at age 12) she has a sleepover at a girl's house that culminates in her sexual awakening (that she is, indeed, attracted to other girls). The setting is Miles City, Montana (perhaps not coincidentally, author Emily Danforth's hometown), a place (probably to this day, but certainly in the 80s-90s) you'd have an extremely difficult time coming-out. So the first half of the novel focuses on Cam's junior high and high school years, of hiding her sexual desires, especially from her born-again aunt who has become her foster parent after her parents passed away. While i'm not terribly familiar with LGBT fiction, it seems like pretty familiar typical stuff (like maybe watching a Logo Channel rerun), although Ms Danforth's detailed-yet-almost-lyrical account set this apart from any story i'd read before in this genre. (Some may argue that, with 460 pages, it's too detailed, but I would disagree)

The second half of the novel, when Auntie finds out about Cameron's "un-Christian" sexual urges and sends her away to "God's Promise" (a school whose primary purpose is to de-Gay-ify teens) is when the story really begins to soar, totally getting under my skin. Ms. Danforth's (surprisingly objective) depiction of this deprogramming school is just gut-wrenching (without being too over-the-top or reducing itself to cliche).

What I most liked about this book is how true-to-life it seemed. Every bit of dialogue, every lust and heartbreak of Cameron's just seemed real. The old adage of "write what you know" seems to apply here: the detail that Ms. Danforth puts forth seemingly could only come from someone who's gone through similar experiences (like the crashing echo of a "first-time" pants zipper being unzipped, or the specifics of one-on-one counseling at the deprogramming school, or the "ubiquitous turd brown coffee cups at Perkins'", or the inexplicable Montanan cravings of Potato Olés at Taco Johns (hint: it requires lots and lots of pot-smoking). I would encourage anyone of any sexual orientation or spiritual bent (or anyone like me who tends to dismiss books categorized as YA) to give this book a try. This is a very solid first novel for Emily Danforth, and I look forward to seeing how she writes outside of her "comfort zone".
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1,225 reviews949 followers
June 22, 2018
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 up in a world that’s fighting your identity at every turn.

If your considering reading this book, keep in mind that it’s definitely not a lighthearted read. It’s upsetting, graphic and potentially triggering for some.

• Graphic self harm
• Extreme homophobia
• ‘Correction’ camp for LGBTQ+ teens
• Racist and ableist language
• Discussion of sexual assault
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989 reviews368 followers
November 7, 2019
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 my finger on just why that was, but it was a very good book. I am interested in watching the movie when I get the chance, since I've heard many positive things about it.
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80 reviews26 followers
September 11, 2016
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.
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1,094 reviews1,270 followers
Shelved as 'could-not-finish'
May 9, 2019
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 to bore your readers.
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185 reviews47 followers
June 29, 2021
this was the sort of book that you should read on a lazy summer afternoon, which is exactly what i did.

written in a perks of being a wallflower-esque style, this book felt so alive with its ample details. you felt like you were experiencing cameron’s life story right alongside her. her town was your own, and her feelings became your own, too. it’s the sort of book that makes me sit back and think ((wow)), because the sort of time and attention to details that had to be put into its creation are insane.
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371 reviews853 followers
Shelved as 'did-not-finish'
April 16, 2018


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. Cameron Post is a twelve-year-old girl who lives in Montana. She has a best friend named Irene and a normal family, her parents and her grandmother. We get to know Cameron and her family and the beginning of the summer of 1989. She is discovering things about her own sexuality that make her feel strange, and she knows she's not perfect and doesn't want to.

Despite everything I've said, the book just did not grip me. At all. I did not find anything in Cameron's story that would make me want to know more about her life and her problems. The secondary characters, although well drawn, did not interest me either (except Grandma Post, I think she is the best). The situations are well described, but they were not interesting or enjoyable. I felt that Cameron's story was an adult trying to talk like a girl. Religion is very important in the story and I think it is well treated. I kept reading, two years passed and we are in 1991, but I did not feel a significant impulse to continue reading.

I tend to be a patient reader and maybe it get interesting at the end, but when neither the narration, nor the characters, nor the story get my interest I just think it's better to stop. Other readers have said words like "heavy" or "dry" to describe the writing and I have to agree. Maybe other people will love it, but it's not my case.

Maybe I'll try with the movie.



Pensé en leer este libro porque había visto en redes que ya una adaptación cinematográfica que cuenta  con una de las caras de la adaptación juvenil moderna: Cloe Grace Moretz está al frente de la cinta. Por eso y porque hace tiempo no leía un libro de este tipo decidí lanzarme por él.

¿Por qué no pude terminarlo? Pues empiezo por decir que esperaba terminarlo y que me gustara, pero no fue así. Y es que al inicio prometía. La novela se divide en tres lineas temporales, comenzando en 1989. Cameron Post es una niña de doce años que vive en Montana. Tiene una mejor amiga llamada Irene y una familia normal, sus padres y su abuela, que es un poco rara y le gustan los programas de televisión y las novelas de misterio. Hasta que algo malo sucede.

La novela empezó francamente bien. Conocemos a Cameron, su entorno familiar y el inicio del verano de 1989 junto a su amiga Irene. Ella va descubriendo cosas sobre su propia sexualidad que la hacen sentirse rara y algo ansiosa. No es una niña modelo y no quiere serlo. A raíz de lo que sucede, ella empieza a experimentar culpa y por eso busca la forma de afrontar las cosas como ella mejor puede.

A pesar de lo que menciono y con el pasar de las páginas, la novela no terminó por conquistarme. No acababa de encontrar en la narración de Cameron algo que me hiciera que me atrapara y quisiera saber más de su vida en Miles Town y sus problemas. Los personajes secundarios, aunque bien dibujados tampoco me despertaron mucho interés, pero   creo que la Abuela Post es la mejor. 

Las situaciones están bien descritas, pero no se me hicieron interesantes o amenas de explorar. Sentía que la narración de Cameron era una adulta hablando como una niña. Hay un punto de religión muy importante en la historia y creo que está bien tratado. Pasé el punto en el que pasan los años y estamos en 1991, pero las cosas no habían cambiado mucho, mi implicación con la novela aún no aparecía y no sentí un impulso significativo para seguir con la historia.

Seguramente puede que llegara a ser más interesante al final. Suelo ser una lectora paciente, pero este tipo de novela en la que ni la narración, ni los personajes, ni la historia te despierta alguna sensación, creo que era mejor dejarlo donde estaba.  Otros lectores han dicho palabras como «pesado» o «seco» y creo que es la forma en la que lo describiría. Puede que a otras personas les encante porque he visto que en Goodreads es así, pero no es mi caso.

Tal vez me anime con la película.
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