I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
Published by Harper Collins on February 7th 2012
Genres: Christian, Dating & Sex, Homosexuality, Religious, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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.
I love it when a book takes me by surprise, especially when I go in expecting to like it but then come out head over heels in love. It’s a wonderful thing, coming out of reading felling a sense of compassion and empathy. The Miseducation Of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth is a profound and affecting young adult book and one I’d absolutely recommend.
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post is divided into three parts. FYI none of these parts I am about to describe will be spoiled because all that information is kind of on the back cover. Right, so the first part is the day and immediate aftermath of Cam’s parents dying and also the first day Cam kissed a girl, Irene Klauson. The second part takes place when Cam is in high school. Her super religious Aunt Ruth has come to stay and be Cam’s guardian. The third part deals with Cameron being sent to one of those de-gaying centers. To really boil the plot down I would say that it is a deep exploration of sexuality as in orientation, religion and gender.
I hate myself for saying this, but when I read gay YA, it usually focuses on the male experience. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is one of the first young adult books I’ve read that features a lesbian, besides Ash by Malinda Lo. Frankly, I feel like to be a better and more accepting person, I need to read more fiction with LGBTQ main characters. I could relate to Cameron and her experiences of first love and rejection, although I am straight. I could relate to her complicated feelings relating to religion. There’s a lot of hypocrisy that comes with certain characters in Cameron’s world and it sucks that this is her experience. For example one character is all gung ho about de-gaying Cam because it’s like against her religion or whatever, YET she engages in pre-marital sex. Um pot? Kettle?
Emily M. Danforth’s style is very literary. I think if you liked how Where Things Come Back and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower are written, you’ll enjoy this book. It might be a difficult read for those on the lower end of the YA spectrum – but I think it will appeal to teens looking to read up — looking to read adult books. Emily M. Danforth has a fabulous way with words that lingers and made me want to savor by only reading a chapter a day so I could profcss and reflect to myself more fully.
I think you should definitely give The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth a chance, even if it is out of your comfort zone. It is one of those books that reminds me why I read young adult books — it is compelling, yet also allows you to walk in someone else’s shoes for just a little bit. Yet there are very universal, very relatable moments in the book. It won’t be for everyone, but I will say for me, it was worth reading.
Disclosure: Received for review.
Other reviews of The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danfourth:
The Book Smugglers – ” I love coming of age stories and this is a really good one.”
The Midnight Garden – “A fully realized novel in every way”
Chick Loves Lit – “A story that is timeless”