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This was one of the first books I ever read with LGBT+ representation. I try and reread it every once in a while, just because of the impact it had on me as a younger person. The reader follows a girl who is unexpectedly and tragically orphaned, and her journey of coming into her sexuality. There’s a definite trigger warning for suicide and conversion therapy, so it’s good to know that before going in. There’s also a movie adaptation that is pretty good, but read the book first! It really has an impact on the reader, and you’ll be thinking about it for a while after you put it down.
Cameron is so real she has become a friend and the ghost of my childhood both--she is class of '95, as am I. I loved being able to live as teen again, to experience Cameron and her life.
emily m danforth writes like she writing directly from her soul. the way she masterfully captures the tone of the setting in this book is amazing. she also really captures the teen experience very well and very realistically
This book was phenomenal! The way Emily Danforth describes Cameron's thoughts and actions is endearing and ultimately relatable. Definitely worth the read, could not put it down.
I'm not sure why, but I got bored with this book about a third of the way through. I loved it in the beginning, finding the internal life of the main character so real and compelling and lovable. And the way she dealt with her burgeoning feelings toward her friend was funny and so well written. But as the book moved on I found the writing less interesting. Not as psychologically astute, I guess, it started to feel more generic.
But reading other peoples' reviews makes me think I missed the boat and should go back and read it again!
To this day, this is one of my favorite novels and I read the book years ago. I couldn't put it down. Fantastic book I highly reccommmend.
This YA novel tells the story of a lesbian teenager in rural Montana struggling to find her way after losing her parents. She is sent to a "reeducation" camp by her fundamentalist aunt but finds a way to stay her true self.
A beautifully written coming of age story about finding yourself, even when everyone around you tells you you're wrong. Cameron Post is a wonderfully complicated and fully fleshed out character, who you alternately cringe at and root for. Yes, this book tells the story of a lesbian teenager in Montana, but it is a story that many people struggling with their identity may relate to.
Basically the story of Cameron's sexuality, from experimenting with her childhood best friend to going to conversion camp. There's some angst, but Cameron is low-key bad ass and there's a handful of sweet little gay scenes. It's an easy read, as Emily's writing doesn't get too heavy, and Cameron is realistic and relatable.
Cameron Post is my forever favorite character in the entire freaking universe. She glides through the rough, unforgiving story, finding happiness and love in the small glints of sunlight through the shrouded windowpane. Gotta love it, what can I say?
there just really isn't enough stars for this book... its great on many levels.
I thoroughly appreciated the change of perspective from the traditional ya novel. There are an abundance of YA novels that I find difficult to read because they are so full f teenage angst that they make me feel slightly ill. I've been there but I no longer relate. They are books for teenagera. Then there are books like The Miseducation of Cameron Post. It's just a great story told well. Everyone can relate in one way or another because the author tapped into those things that make us human.
One of the loveliest books I've ever read- made me cry. Highly recommend.
It's very hard to give someone a brief summary of the book that fully covers the story. Cameron Post grows up in rural Montana and is a lesbian. That's the set up for the novel, and along Cameron's journey she struggles with this. The book is such a great example of LBGT life as a teenager, as other novels either overstate the hardships that comes with being gay or understate it. This novel was spot on.
EXCELLENT book for a report over the need for gay rights in America or like topics. Excellent book even if you just want something to read next. It's lengthy but goes by very quickly and is definitely worth your time.
Cameron hits you like a real person, someone to relate to. This book is so good and I would recommend it to nearly everyone.
I wanted to like Cameron Post (after all, I was a young lesbian once, too), but she is so self-absorbed that I couldn't. That she spends most of her free time (at home and at Promise) stoned or drunk didn't help.
Totally fantastic! I loved pretty much all the characters, even the ones that frustrated me (Ruth, mostly, but Coley too). Really satisfying read.
What a standout book for this genre. Recently I have of found that YA books read like they are written by an average teenager, rather than being about teenagers. This book was very different: exceptional writing, great plot and well developed characters. The 90's teenage experience was captured perfectly, yet the book is relevant for today's teen. I'm left hoping for a follow up book to find out what becomes of Jane, Adam and Cam.
This book was great. The story is all about Cameron, a small town girl, growing into her sexuality as a lesbian. It is a really great portrayal - from the first kiss, to the first straight-girl crush and beyond. The details of the story are very real. The one thing I would change was the length of the final section, which drags on a bit.
A wonderfully written and excellent portrayal of youth discovery and angst. A must read for any themed read for senior students on sexuality and a terrific insight for all of us. So wonderful to have a honest portrayal of a teenage girl with all the depth, breadth and chaos that so frequently happens. A tender and heart felt description of torn emotion, confusion and certainty all at the same time. At all times a positive depiction of same- sex attraction, experimentation and outcomes with an interesting twist as a small American town responds. Highly recommended.
"The day after Cameron Post kisses a girl for the first time, her parents die in a car crash. After their funeral, Cam is forced to move in with her ultra-religious aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. It isn't easy growing up gay in a small town like Miles City, Montana, and several years later when Cam's first big love affair (with a girl who attends her family's church) gets exposed, Cam's aunt ships her off to a conversion therapy program to "cure" her of being lesbian. Vividly describing both early-1990s rural Montana and its people, this "sophisticated read for teens and adults alike" (Kirkus Reviews) unfolds Cam's nuanced, character-centered story at an unhurried pace - and fans of emotionally intense, multilayered novels will savor every page." Teen Scene December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=576688
This book is fantastic with one caveat. I finished it and i wanted the story to continue!