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When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in of Cameron PDF #203 a car crash her shocking first thought is relief Relief they’ll never know that hours earlier she had been kissing a girlBut 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 The Miseducation eBook #184 point on her life 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 uirky sometimes blurry exposures that provide uick snapshots of the many small pleasures of childhood This coming of age novel which is written like adult literary fiction than typical YA beautifully captures the sun drenched mood of summer as we meet Cameron a young girl living in a small town in eastern Montana in 1989 It was the kind of heat where a breeze feels like someone s venting a dryer over the town whipping dust and making the cottonseeds from the big cottonwoods float across a wide blue sky and collect in soft tufts on neighborhood lawns Irene and I called it summer snow and sometimes we d suint into the dry glare and try to catch cotton on our tongues It s a pleasure to be lulled into the slow rhythm of the author s words and to enjoy the moments of stillness and spontaneity throughout the entire story As the novel begins Cameron s parents have gone off on their annual camping trip and she s spending the summer with her best friend Irene eating too big scoops of ice cream and strawberry pretzel salad freezing wet shirts to keep cool telling stories and watching the twilight creep over the town There s a new awareness between the two girls however which floods Cameron with pleasure and confusion when things suddenly take an unexpected turn There s nothing to know about a kiss like that before you do it It was all action and reaction the way her lips were salty and she tasted like root beer The way I felt sort of dizzy the whole time If it had been that one kiss then it would have been just the dare and that would have been no different than anything we d done before But after that kiss as we leaned against the crates a yellow jacket swooping and arcing over some spilled pop Irene kissed me again Later the girls talk about how they d get in trouble if anyone found out Even though no one had ever told me specifically not to kiss a girl before nobody had to It was guys and girls who kissed in our grade on TV in the movies in the world and that s how it worked guys and girls Anything else was something weird Shortly afterwards Cameron s parents die in a car crash and she s sent to live with her conservative Aunt Ruth in the small town of Miles City Montana where she does her best to fit in and forget what happened before So when beautiful Coley Taylor arrives on the scene it spells trouble in a big way and things spiral out of control in Cameron s world when she is sent off to God s Promise a Christian de gaying camp The author addresses this very frankly in most of the interviews I ve seen so I m assuming it s not a spoiler to include that info here Here she is to learn appropriate gender roles and refrain from negative bonding over sinfulunhealthy desires I wasn t sure what to expect with this novel so it was a relief to find it doesn t feel at all heavy handed I ve realized recently that the problem I have with so many Message Books is that you can so clearly tell the author set out with an agenda and just filled in additional details to make a story However The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a fully realized novel in every way and if Cameron weren t gay it would still be a well crafted well written story with an immensely appealing protagonisteven if she s not always completely likable But I sort of like that about her you know Because most of us were pretty unbearable as teenagers and I found her prickliness and defiance to be sympathetic and very realFair warning that Cameron is just as likely to tell you to eff off as she is to bum a smoke off you though For even though there are beautiful moments of stillness and jumbled joyous images of childhood Cameron puts a piece of flourite in her mouth at one point so she can taste its hardness and grit which is something I totally did as a kid there are also frank sexual situations marijuana use shoplifting and all kinds of other things that might normally drive me up the wall when they re casually included in your typical YA book But this isn t a fluffy young adult novel at all and it s easy to understand why Cameron acts out as she tries to figure out who she is under extremely difficult circumstances Not to mention that her feelings are not at all unusual Cameron s confusion and longing during the prom scene when Coley dances with someone else is that stuff of universal loneliness and despair As a reader it also hurt unbearably to read about Mark Turner son of a preacher from a mega church in Nebraska who is the poster boy for a Christian upbringing but yet here he was at Promise just like the rest of us Mark s struggles with his faith and his natural impulses are devastating to witness and it s a brutal reminder that there are sometimes terrible conseuences when we ignore what s right in the name of what s righteousI appreciated how honestly teenage sex and experimentation were portrayed in a way that didn t feel tacky or sensationalized And I appreciated the restraint with which this enormously touchy subject was handled I found myself getting very angry as I read the book it s hard not to when you see a child being told uneuivocally that he s going to hell for what he feels but the story is remarkably even handed While Cameron is defiant and angry over her containment as most of the kids are the few harsh words about the program include I m just saying that sometimes you can end up really messing somebody up because the way you re trying to supposedly help them is really messed up Instead of using this platform to rant or rage the author simply allows us to get to know Cameron and provides the framework for the uestion after reading this girl s story which is the story of so many girls and boys just like her can anyone deny the validity of her feelings The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a fierce book that boldly explores identity sexuality and human responsibility in a relatable way even as it demands attention from your social conscience and reaches out for your empathy Even with such a hot button topic however it somehow manages to refrain from outright condemnation of those who oppose its views It s a shame that twenty years after the events of this book this type of tolerance is still not entirely a two way street Recommended for mature teens and adults only About the BookThe author was partially inspired by the true story of a 16 year old boy who said he was being sent to a de gaying camp in Tennessee Read about this in the author s Slate interview with author Curtis Sittenfeld Emily Danforth also has a deleted scene from the book on her website This review also appears in The Midnight Garden

REVIEW Ö THISISWHYYOUREFESTIVE.CO.UK ☆ Emily M. Danforth

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Will forever be different Survival in Miles City Montana means blending in and leaving well enough alone as her grandmother might say and Cam becomes an expert at bothThen Coley Taylor moves to town Beautiful pickup driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship Miseducation of Cameron PDFEPUB #191 one that seems to leave room for something DNF pg 212The Miseducation of Cameron Post starts by painting a beautiful picture of rural Montana and childhood but is too long a novel in my opinion My interest at the start uickly waned as the story became dragged out by periods of extremely slow pacing towards the middle Eventually I no longer wished to spend any time with Cameron and her troubles

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To emerge But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece bringing Cam face to face with the cost of denying her true self even if she’s not exactly sure who that is The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules 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 my attention Man how could you handle such a terrible news And you thought it was because of you 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 I don t think I canThis book is about accepting your self just the way you are even when you re a lesbian But Cameron lives with her conservative and religious I must say aunt Ruth who immediately sent her to Christian School Center for Healing called God s Promise when she found out about her preference in love life I personally against this kind of healing Because this is how God has made us There s nothing to change Just be good with who you are and other people and that should be enough That s why I totally agree with what Cameron had said on this healing The whole fucking purpose of this place is to make us hate ourselves so that we change We re supposed to hate who we are despise it


10 thoughts on “The Miseducation of Cameron Post

  1. says:

    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 uirky sometimes blurry exposures that provide uick snapshots of the many small pleasures of childhood This coming of age novel which is written like a

  2. says:

    Re Read with Sapphic Suad 🦋💖I stand by my original review for this one It's important and well written but also a very difficult read 4

  3. says:

    This was a book that I wanted to l

  4. says:

    The first half of Cameron Post is set in Montana in the ‘90s and is at least at first glance slow and plodding Indeed most of the novel is specifically written as a typical coming of age novel; Cameron is a typical ‘90s teenage character who stop me if you’ve heard this before has lost her parent smokes and drinks and falls in with wrong crowds She is a normal teenager that is until she has the audacity to kiss her best fri

  5. says:

    DNF pg 212The Miseducation of Cameron Post starts by painting a beautiful picture of rural Montana and childhood but is too long a novel in my opinion My interest at the start uickly waned as the story became dragged out by periods of extremely slow pacing towards the middle Eventually I no longer wished to spend any time with Cameron and her troubles

  6. says:

    I sympathized with Cameron Post the protagonist of this book uickly When her parents die in a car accident Camer

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    First of all every girl she became friends with were ueer Like how I would like to know her secret The book itself is unreasonably longCameron felt responsible for her parents death because she thought that was the punishment for kissing a girl so she stopped being friends with her childhood best friend who she kissed But this guilt was never mentioned again She just stopped being friends with her and kissed other girls instead like nothing

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    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

  9. says:

    Rating 45 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 uote 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

  10. says:

    Sadly really disappointed with this one Don’t get me wrong I didn’t hate it just think it could have been so much 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 s