Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, emily m. danforth's The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a powerful and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel in the tradition of the classic Annie on My Mind.
Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident.
Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to-that she's gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth.
There she falls in love with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl.
When she's eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God's Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to "cure" her homosexuality.
At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was a finalist for the YALSA Morris Award and was named to numerous "best" lists.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Publication Date: 28/05/2013
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780062020574
- Paperback from £7.09
- Hardback from £9.49
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Review by froxgirl
This is a most unique "coming of age" novel, written from the perspective of a girl who is attracted to girls. Maybe "gay" or "baby lesbian" would be more appropriate, but she is just in the discovery phase, and the reader is swept up in her wild journey. Filled with humor and growing self-knowledge, honest and frank, touching and memorable. Great writing. Most highly recommended.
Review by ArkhamReviews
Although I'm not usually a fan of contemporary fiction, I'm really glad that I read this novel. I honestly think that it's the best one that I've had the pleasure of reviewing so far and would recommend it to everyone over the age of fourteen. While I can see why some people think that it is a bit slow, for me it never dragged. As I think back over it now, there is not a thing I would have cut out. The tiny details helped to build a realistic world for me, making me feel as though I was actually there.Although the story is enthralling, it really is more of a character study of Cameron herself. She is a brilliant protagonist - witty, intelligent and honest with herself. I grew attached to her very quickly and found myself turning the pages to find out what happened to her, purely because I wanted everything to end well for her.Some of the most interesting food for thought comes from the smallest details. The centrepiece of Cam’s dolls house reoccurs again and again, giving constant insight into her state of mind at different moments. The reactions that different characters have towards Cameron’s sexuality also create a kind of microcosm of how society on a whole viewed gay people in the early 90s. These range quite wildly, from the very modern attitudes of Lindsey and her friends in Seattle to the terrifying Old Testament views of Mark’s father. While Cameron has always felt isolated in her small and very Christian community, when she finally meets people who are more open minded she begins to find her sense of self.All in all, the biggest disappointment for me was that the story had to end. While I do like the climax because it really felt as though Cam's character had come full circle, I really want to know what happened to her next and how her decisions in the last act affected the other people in her life. It's certainly left me lots to mull over!