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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

By Emily M. Danforth


Montana, mid-’90s. Young Cameron Post is told that her parents are dead - a car accident - and her first thought is relief. Relief that they will never find out what she had been doing earlier that day - kissing a girl. This is how this saga of a book starts, sweeping Cameron from the safety of her home to high school to a conversion therapy camp. The heart of this story is Cameron, her coming-of-age, and her self-discovery.

Genre: Contemporary

Recommended Age Level: 14+


Rating: 5/5


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.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone, and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then 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, one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, 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 quite sure who that is.

A Review

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is easily in my top 10 books of all time. It has so many perfect elements - a complicated coming of age, an intense romance, hard-hitting accounts of homophobia. It blends this all into a perfect story that enlightens, inspires and, of course, entertains. At times witty, funny and heartbreaking, Cameron Post is a multi talented novel, and not one you will easily be able to put down. It’s made even more impressive when you realize that this is a debut - the first ever book by Danforth. It manages to be multi-faceted, absorbing and, quite frankly, brilliant.

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