The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

by emily m. danforth

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ISBN-13: 9780062020574
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Pages: 470
Sales rank: 19,721
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

emily m. danforth was born and raised in Miles City, Montana. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She lives with her wife in Providence, where she teaches creative writing and literature courses at Rhode Island College and is coeditor of The Cupboard (Literary Pamphlet).

What People are Saying About This

Curtis Sittenfeld

“If Holden Caulfield had been a gay girl from Montana, this is the story he might have told—it’s funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully rendered. Emily Danforth remembers exactly what it’s like to be a teenager, and she has written a new classic.”

Sarah Waters

“Danforth’s narrative of a bruised young woman finding her feet in a complicated world is a tremendous achievement: strikingly unsentimental, and full of characters who feel entirely rounded and real. A story of love, desire, pain, loss—and, above all, of survival. An inspiring read.”

Nancy Garden

“This novel is a joy—one of the best and most honest portraits of a young lesbian I’ve read in years. Cameron Post is a bright, brash, funny main character who leaps off the page and into your heart! This is a story that keeps you reading way into the night—an absorbing, suspenseful, and important book.”

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 I'll admit that I really had no idea what I'd be getting into whenever I started The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I had only read the first paragraph of the blurb before deciding to read the book. Even if I had read the entire blurb, I don't think it would have prepared me for this book. While there are so many good things about this book, it was the writing that ultimately won me over. This has to be the best written YA book I've read in such a long time. Considering the length of the book (over 450 pages), I was kind of surprised. A book of that length, YA or not, it could fall into the murky waters of unneeded story. Not here, not at all. Every page felt needed and important. The writing was beautiful, crisp and clean. The story was genuine and interesting. All the good aside, why am I giving this book a 4.5 rating? The ending, the last chapter. The ending left me utterly disappointed. After having such a well written story, the ending felt rushed and thrown together. It was almost like the author didn't know how to properly end the book and went with this instead. The disappointing ending aside, it was still a wonderful book and I certainly recommend it. You can see all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was interesting, sad, funny, annoying. I absolutely adored the book, but most of all it was real. Cameron Post was a real girl, with some real emotions, and she was highly relatable. I would definitely recommend.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing 6 days ago
In this Gay Pride month, it's great to be able to talk both about a well written book that addresses homosexuality, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, as well as introduce a debut author worth following, emily m. danforth.In 1989, at the age of 12, Cameron Post kissed Irene Klauson, and liked it. The next day her parents were killed in an auto accident. Cam's born-again Aunt Ruth (her mother's sister) comes to Montana to take care of Cam.In 1992, Cam and her friend Coley, an avowed heterosexual, develop a relationship. Coley's "guilt" forces her to out Cam, who has kept her sexual preferences hidden from Aunt Ruth and her grandmother. Aunt Ruth, of course, is shocked and sends her to God's Promise Christian School and Center for Healing, which is not designed to 'cure' Cam, but to make her closer to God, thus discovering the error of her ways.emily m. danforth's prose are so descriptive, whether she's describing the annual Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, Cam's lifeguarding at Scanlon Lake or her intense feelings for Coley. With an opening line "The afternoon my parents died, I was out shoplifing with Irene Klauson." she hooks you from page one. You then go for a sometimes funny, sometimes romantic, sometimes sad, sometimes serious ride through three years of Cam's life. You live with her indecisions, her crushes, her guilt about the death of her parents, her antagonism towards Aunt Ruth and God's Promise. It's quite the roller coaster ride.But danforth deftly puts forth Cam's feelings, offset by those of Reverend Rick and Lydia who run Promise. The thing is, The Miseducation of Cameron Post ends with such "promise" for this main character. For a totally rewarding read, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is perfect.
CasualFriday on LibraryThing 6 days ago
This novel about a teen-aged lesbian sent to a Christian re-education school is a YA book that adults can read without feeling that they're reading down. It's a good story, told with due regard to nuance and not at all like the After School Special you might expect. Cameron is an enormously appealing character, with some tooth but also with great vulnerability. The reader is obviously invited to sympathize with her. But the Christian de-gayers are not portrayed as monsters, although Cameron's counselor Lydia seems modeled after Aunt Lydia, the terrifying enforcer of Patriarchy in The Handmaid's Tale.I'm guessing this book is a tough sell. It's obviously aimed at the YA market, but some schools and libraries may be reluctant to shelve it with YA because of sex, language, and quite a bit of pot smoking. My library was ready to shelve it with adult fiction, but I felt strongly that teens should have easy access to the book without having to come to the librarian and ask for it.
Capfox on LibraryThing 6 days ago
So I realized a little while back that while I'd read a decently sizable number of books centered around gay characters, coming-of-age stuff and slice-of-life stuff and other stories where the leads or main secondary characters were gay, I'd not read anyhting that I could bring easily to mind with lesbian characters filling any of those roles. Surely something must have crossed my pages at some point - definitely they had in comics, but not in prose books. Thus, I thought, hey, probably time to rectify that, and that brings us to our book today, The Miseducation of Cameron Post.We first meet our titular character at age 12, just after her first kiss with her best friend since childhood, Irene... which happens to be right about when her parents die in a car accident, and she can't help but feel some relief that they'll never know. Her devout Christian aunt Ruth moves back to town to live with Cameron and her grandmother, and Cameron herself moves into a guilty shell. She lives out a life of making friends with the edgier crowd in school, swimming competitively, and furtively forming secret relationships within her conservative small Montana hometown. These relationships all lead up to her strong attraction with Coley Taylor, a ranch girl from outside town who comes into her school that she slowly becomes better friends with, and then finds maybe the feelings are mutual. But as they come to consummate them, the secret comes clear, and Cameron gets shipped off to a Christian conversion therapy camp even further out there to try to fix her.On the whole, this is pretty well managed, as a story. Cameron narrates the story the full way through, and you get to see her work out her boundaries and her longings. She gets some leeway because of her sudden orphan status in terms of how she leads her life, and support from an out-of-town friend she met through swimming, but there's not a lot of support in small-town Montana for lesbians, particularly as the book is set around the early '90s. The world Cameron inhabits is very closely observed, though, and you get a real sense for first the town she's in and the people who live there, and then the residents of the therapy facility, their worldviews, what feels possible to them and what doesn't.That said... I don't know. I liked it well enough, but I came out of the story feeling somewhat cool about it. I do think it was well-written, but perhaps it is a bit too closely narrated, in the final analysis. Also, I'd have liked it if more of her friendships, both with boys and girls, were less charged - you get the feeling like Miles City, Montana was rather a hotbed of young lesbians, insofar as most of the girls she becomes friends with do seem to be interested in her physically, and then some of the boys, as well. Cameron's a charismatic character, sure, but I think it goes too far that way. And the second part of the story, in the facility, while given some space to breathe, never really comes together for me the way the Miles City part of the book does.I did like the complexity to the characters and their relationships, and the size and feeling of the world - Montana is just a physically big place, and it's no big city. Within her family and community in Miles City, too, even the people who turn on Cameron are not shown as shrill outright monsters, but complex, confused individuals; that's even true for the people who run the conversion therapy facility. This seems realer, and more powerful for all that - in a way, their behavior is worse, because one would hope good people would know better, but then: early '90s, that's right. We weren't quite there yet.Anyway... I don't know. It's a good, quiet coming-of-age story and self-realization, and the paths it walks are worth following, but... I didn't really love it. Maybe it just didn't quite land right for me, even if I'm glad I gave it a shot. I'll have to try something else along these lines to see.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I heard about this book/movie two days ago while listening to an interview with both the author and the director on NPR. It sounded like a book I would enjoy and so I did!. Had me from the first paragraph. I am not sure if I will see the movie.....yet. But it is an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the writing style at first but I eventually got into it. I wanted more from the ending at first, but then I realized it was exactly the ending it needed to be an I can imagine the rest of Cameron's life or myself. Her home town so reminded me of mine, although we had quite different experiences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is introspective and yrical. The story follows a young woman coming to terms with the death of her parents and her sexuality while dealing with adjusting to life with her socially conservative aunt who ships her off to a gay conversion school. All characters are painted fully and sympathatically.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! The writing was perfect, characters relatable and I had no idea it was a YA book. I would definitely recommend this book.
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I_Obviously_Like_Books More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read. It is something that all teens and adults should read. I admit that I did not like the ending as much as the rest of the book, but it is very good.
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sdanielw More than 1 year ago
If you want to know how good this book is, look no further than the fact that it made me nostalgic for Eastern Montana, a place I have never been and have never particularly wanted to go. This book does an amazing job of dealing with some really difficult topics without ever being to black-and-white or going to far. I know I've seen some people who thought it wasn't blatant in its condemnation of conversion counseling, but frankly I think that's what makes it so effective. Reading this book, it becomes clear how someone could buy into it and how much more harmful it is for seeming reasonable on the surface. In conclusion: this book is amazing and everyone should read it (hey, just because I love this book for its subtlety doesn't mean I'm subtle). Just a warning, though. This book gave me a book hangover. So don't read it if you need to be functional (or able to think about anything but Cameron Post) immediately after finishing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much potential and some truly wonderful moments that don't add up to a very strong whole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. I got sucked right in to it. Wish it had continued.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Cameron is such a relatable character. I am a Christian and recently realized that I am a lesbian through my first crush which also happened to be on my best friend, so as I was reading about the treatments they went through, I found myself wondering and actively trying to figure out what my own iceburg would look like. Overall, I reccommend this for anyone and everyone. As a beginning writer myself, I can only dream of being even half as good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on the reccomendation of my best friend who, barely a month later was my first kiss. The girl who reccmended thiswas the girl made me finally accept my homosexuality. This book was amazing in it own, but was made more meaningful to be because of the correlations I made reading it. The guilt, the fear of being caught, and the incredible intensity of a forbidden relationship were portrayed perfectly. The scene that had the most impact on we was the one where Cam was found out. I can remember that fear, and I know for a fact "they know, they know, they know" was running through my mind too. The characters were extremely well developed, relatable, and lovable. I also liked the way is showed both points of view on the subject. Coming from a Catholic family myself I know how homosexuality is recieved. Reading this helped me to further accept who I am, and has made me grateful that my parents weren't "disgusted" enough to send me to a gay rehab like Promise. This book grasped my attention an held me until the end. I would recomend this book to people my age (16) but not anybody much younger. While I think it is a must read, I highly suggest waiting until the reader is old enough for the mature content found in this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very insightful book, and I was disappointed when it ended. Cameron was a very well deveoped character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot help but give this book the 100% rating it absolutley deserves. I read alot, and I have read a lot of books that I have loved. But I don't love this one, more like it took my worldview and completely toppeled it over, then abrutly ended and left me to think up my own ending, the way I would change it, and ingenious, albiet frustrating, conclusion. I have read many classics, and classics are boring, because they address issues that don't confront us today. This is a modern classic, in the truest sense, and should be shared with everyone, everywhere, because gay rights are a huge issue that confront us all the time. It is not for all ages, but it is possibly the best book I have read. It doesn't have a moral that is obvious for you to pick out and focus on and write an essay about. It gives you the information, and it makes you uncomfortable in some parts but it captivates you in every way, but forces you to make your own decision about right and wrong. I wish I could give it six stars, or ten. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's weird, I've always read books that "shock" readers because they supposedly break cliches, and usually those books bore me half to death, because, honestly, isn't the whole idea of nuance a cliche in itself? I hate most teen fiction books because they're always in first person, and the characters are always slow on the uptake, and it's always about something that climaxes in some boring scene that I don't really care about. Not so with this book. Nowhere on this book does it claim to break boundaries, or be an amazing heartbreaking story, but that's exactly what it was. I'll admit, I did not read the inside cover very thoroughly when I first picked this book up. Something about the fact she kissed a girl, became friends with a cowgirl...I really wasn't paying attention. When I read it, though, I was amazed. A story about a lesbian girl, yes, but what the author had done was brilliant- instead of painting it as something we all need to embrace, she wrote about being gay as just simply who the girl was, and when Cam gets sent to the Christian camp to be "straightened out" the camp leaders actually do make valuable points, which I don't know, I thought it was brilliant, because this book is very R-rated and would certainly be banned on several booklists if it weren't for the fact that the author showed everyone's point of view in a sensible way and didn't get all defensive like some books do. I loved Cameron and her multi-dimensionallness , and I loved Jamie and Adam and Lindsey and nearly every character. Like the reader below me, I'm thirteen, and I can't ever picture myself recommending this book to anyone my age, but if you don't mind a lot of cursing and kissing and whatnot, then go ahead and read this book. It is one of those books you will want to read again and again. Stick through the slow parts; the story is very beautiful and very worthwhile.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. I was happy, sad, heart broken, sick to my stomach, and wanting more when it ended. So much of it fit with the small town world I grew up in that it was relatable in every way.