The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

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 blendin...

Details The Miseducation of Cameron Post

TitleThe Miseducation of Cameron Post
Release DateFeb 7th, 2012
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Miseducation of Cameron Post

  • 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 C...
  • 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 StarsOverview: “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...
  • 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. ***************Spoiler Warning*********************One summer day, Cameron and her best friend Irene stave off boredom by shoplifting a...
  • *eKa*
    Despite a fictional work, it felt like I was reading a memoir or at least a diary of Danforth using the name Cameron Post. Because it was so REAL and OBVIOUS to me! What with the fact in the author's note: "She lives with her wife bla bla bla". So don't blame me for my assuming. I like almost everything about this book even though in some parts I got bored because I was just too tired to read ( I was so busy lately). The beginning already caught ...
  • Keertana
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI 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 spee...
  • Thomas
    Even though she's a lesbian, I probably wouldn't have wanted to be friends with Cameron Post in real life. Not like I give friendship preference to homosexuals, but seriously - she does weed and she shoplifts. Keep in mind that the thought of getting a tattoo scares me.I sympathized with her quickly, though. 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...
  • Alex
    I feel like I've been waiting for this book for forever and it is finally, finally, finally here and it was perfect.(view spoiler)[Cameron Post is a teenager growing up in a small town in Montana in the early 90s. Her parents die in a car crash the summer she's 12, right after she shares a kiss with her best friend. Her aunt Ruth, an evangelical Christian, moves in as Cam's guardian. Fast forward to her high school years and Cam is desperately in...
  • Melanie
    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 end...
  • Heidi
    4.5 Stars.Original review posted here.As young adult readers, it’s somewhat rare for us to run into a book that’s more than 400 pages long, and when we do, I feel like those books fall into one of three categories. There are those lengthy YA books that are so engrossing and quick paced that you just gobble them up without ever noticing the length (see Grave Mercy), there are those that you feel could have had 100+ pages cut and have been bett...
  • Simon
    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...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    3.75* This is a difficult book to know how to rate. On the one hand, I thought the story was brilliant, infuriating, thoughtful and although incredibly difficult to read at times, undoubtedly important. However, on the other hand, I personally didn’t click with the writing style and for me, the book overall was just too long and drawn out in places. With that being said, due to following its main character from a child to late teens, this book ...
  • Snotchocheez
    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 f...
  • 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 t...
  • Ariel
    MY RATING IS MORE LIKE A 3.5!When I first picked this book up I was so super duper pumped. I couldn't wait to read it! The cover is beautiful, the synopsis sounds interesting and exciting, and I'd heard such great things! In a lot of ways, I'd say it lived up to most of the hype: it was a very real portrait of a person, a realistic vision of a character and her journey. BUT, BUT, BUT:Oh my god did it drag out. Holy moly wowza pants. This book is ...
  • Kat
    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 heroi...
  • Katie
    This was such a good, realistic story. I loved the backdrop of Montana and the coming of ageness was wonderful. This story spans from cam's childhood to her being 17/18 and those are my favorite coming of age stories. I thought the way the author portrayed the conversion camp was really interesting, but also really scary to see how it changed these characters. Cam's character development was really nice and felt really natural. I'd recommend this...
  • 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.
  • Nadia
    ”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)read full review here*full review include favorite quotes and a spoiler sectionOkay, 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 me...
  • Justine
    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 characterizati...
  • 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 ...
  • emily t
    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 ❤ 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 ❤️
  • Steph Su
    THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST couldn’t have come at a better time. In a modern world where the topic of homosexuality is so frustratingly politicized, Cameron’s story is a welcome respite. With crisp, relatable prose, unique characters that burrow themselves in your mind, and character ambiguity that marks only the most brilliant and realistic novels, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST shapes up to be one of the best YA debuts, if not one of...
  • Fatima
    After reading this novel in the heel of other lesbian coming of age YA books, Cameron Post becomes a good application of Claire Legrand's "The Importance of the Unlikable Heroine". Danforth does a splendid job of making Danforth relatable, but as another reviewer had stated, wouldn't have wanted to be friends with her in real life. This is what makes her journey, the way she sinks--along with the author and we with her--into herself to navigate h...
  • dean
    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.
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    I reviewed this on the lesbrary and almost forgot about it!
  • Lucy
    CW for homophobia, enforced internalised homophobia, drug use (weed, recreational), severe self harm and attempted suicide (not Cameron).But it was good, and a lot less difficult to read in the end than I expected. It only took me so long because I kept bracing for a Big Awful Thing to happen, but even Cameron being sent away, and the camp itself, through her eyes, wasn’t painful to read about for me. YMMV. The worst part for me was the suicide...
  • Amanda
    4.5The Miseducation of Cameron Post is Emily M. Danforth’s debut novel and it is set in her home town of Miles City, Montana. We meet Cameron when she is twelve years old. She and best friend, Irene Klauson, have spent the long, hot summer swimming, playing and setting dares for each other. Cameron’s parents go camping at Quake Lake for the weekend so Cameron’s Grandma comes to stay. That weekend Cameron and Irene share their first kiss and...