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Newell Kregel Publications conduct. An Owl on Every PostReprint. BUT it's like This is so accurate and wonderful and the sweetest scene without being mushy. I'm hesitant to even categorize this book as YA. I know it's fairly hefty as far as YA goes -- almost pages in the print edition. But moreover the writing is probably some of the best I've seen in YA. It doesn't feel as lazy as a lot of YA does these days to me. It's literary fiction with a YA protagonist. It's kind of like Prep in that.
Um um um, this book is so genuine and real. So real. I was a little alarmed when Cam was sent to the de-gaying school, but it was a lot more interesting than I expected. I see from other reviews that a lot of readers hate that aspect of this book, but I liked it. It would have been easy for Danforth to make the school one out of But I'm a Cheerleader, but she didn't, because things are gray. It's GRAY. I don't think Danforth makes it "sound okay". I think she writes about a real situation where the school is populated by real people, people who actually believe this is for the best, and that makes it harder to break it down into black and white.
But at the same time, Cam never seems to entirely lose herself. She's just Cam and she's figuring shit out because she's like years-old. And I care so much about the side characters!!!! My one thing was that I really wanted her to have one last conversation in the book with Ruth or Coley or someone, but the ending seemed nebulous enough that maybe a sequel is in the works???
Okay, great, cool. View all 4 comments. When I first picked this book up I was so super duper pumped. I couldn't wait to read it! The cover is beautiful, the synopsis sounds interesting and exciting, and I'd heard such great things! In a lot of ways, I'd say it lived up to most of the hype: Oh my god did it drag out. Holy moly wowza pants. This book is pages..
In YA especially, that's practically unheard of! Going into it, though, I had no concerns.. Umm, no. This book took me 7 months to read. On my initial pick up I read a hefty amount but got kind of bored and had to put it down.. I then made attempt after attempt to "finish it up" and month after month I had to put it back down because of how laborious it was. The writing was drawn out and nothing nteresting enough happened to warrant nearly pages.
I did finish it: I wanted to finish it because I could feel the quality hiding just around the corner, but man oh man was it a long haul without enough pay off. View all 5 comments. This is hard to rate. I was going to go for two stars but I did think it was more an "ok". So three stars it is.
Kind of a long compared to other YA novels I've read so it got a bit slow at times although I did generally enjoy reading about Cameron. Her parents are killed not a spoiler in a car accident and her evangelical Christian aunt comes to raise her. Let's just say that Cameron being a lesbian does not go over well.
Not my favorite ending. I wanted more. Maybe there will be a sequel? View all 10 comments. Original review posted here. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is this third kind of book. Cameron and I went to the same mall to do school shopping, we stop at the same airport, and more importantly, our towns share the same businesses, people, and atmosphere. When Emily M.
Danforth wrote of thunderheads gathering on the horizon, I could smell it, and feel the hot, dry summer air. I further bonded with Cameron because we were both swimmers who hung out largely with boys, and had lost parents at twelve thankfully, in my case, not both.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming of age story in the truest sense of the term.
We follow Cameron from the time that she is twelve, until she is seventeen or near enough. I loved seeing Cameron come into her own as a person, realize who she was, and fumble with her sense of self in the same way that every teen experiences.
Certainly, this book will speak to any teens who feel trapped in a situation, their family, their town, and need to find themselves to decide how best to manage their future. I am not meaning to diminish the importance of The Miseducation of Cameron Post as a work of LGBT literature, merely stating that I think this is a work that could influence anyone, the LGBT aspect is not the only way readers will relate to this book.
Cameron Post herself is one of my new literary best friends. I love this girl. So many adults in her life reacted to her as if she were acting out, when in reality she was just being a kid, and being who she was. When you only experience these people through the bubble that is media, and not through personal experience, it becomes so easy to write them off as horrible people because of their judgements on homosexuals.
This has always been a tough position for me. Much of my hometown, and many people that I love dearly share these views.
I can respect that, and so can Cameron. Danforth did strive to show these people as caring, and helpless to understand because of their beliefs.
Because of this treatment, I hope that those who avoid books with religious themes are not put off by The Misedcuation of Cameron Post. On the one hand, I thought the story was brilliant, infuriating, thoughtful and although incredibly difficult to read at times, undoubtedly important. With that being said, due to following its main character from a child to late teens, this book offers a unique insight into sexuality and growing u 3.
I saw this in the Teen New Books section of the library, figured, if nothing else, it would serve as a palate-cleanser, a fluffy coming of age story. Turns out, The Miseducation of Cameron Post resonates much more deeply than the typical YA novel, filled with pitch perfect detail and honesty, devoid of condescension: The first half is a pretty-straightforward girl-discove Wow The first half is a pretty-straightforward girl-discovers-she-likes-girls in the late 80s-early 90s kinda story.
The titular narrator Cameron feels a tremendous amount of guilt when her parents are killed in a car crash, right around the same time at age 12 she has a sleepover at a girl's house that culminates in her sexual awakening that she is, indeed, attracted to other girls. The setting is Miles City, Montana perhaps not coincidentally, author Emily Danforth's hometown , a place probably to this day, but certainly in the 80ss you'd have an extremely difficult time coming-out.
So the first half of the novel focuses on Cam's junior high and high school years, of hiding her sexual desires, especially from her born-again aunt who has become her foster parent after her parents passed away. While i'm not terribly familiar with LGBT fiction, it seems like pretty familiar typical stuff like maybe watching a Logo Channel rerun , although Ms Danforth's detailed-yet-almost-lyrical account set this apart from any story i'd read before in this genre.
Some may argue that, with pages, it's too detailed, but I would disagree The second half of the novel, when Auntie finds out about Cameron's "un-Christian" sexual urges and sends her away to "God's Promise" a school whose primary purpose is to de-Gay-ify teens is when the story really begins to soar, totally getting under my skin.
Danforth's surprisingly objective depiction of this deprogramming school is just gut-wrenching without being too over-the-top or reducing itself to cliche. What I most liked about this book is how true-to-life it seemed. Every bit of dialogue, every lust and heartbreak of Cameron's just seemed real. The old adage of "write what you know" seems to apply here: I would encourage anyone of any sexual orientation or spiritual bent or anyone like me who tends to dismiss books categorized as YA to give this book a try.
This is a very solid first novel for Emily Danforth, and I look forward to seeing how she writes outside of her "comfort zone". This is by far the best book I have ever read on Christianity and homosexuality. I was thoroughly impressed with how the author handled this very touchy subject.
There is no moral of the story crammed down your throat, no secret agenda. It's a story of a girl dealing with the loss of her parents while on the brink of womanhood, and it is told beautifully, honestly, and lovingly.
One of the aspects of The Miseducation of Cameron Post that I have to comment on is the writing style. It is a lot mo This is by far the best book I have ever read on Christianity and homosexuality. It is a lot more like adult literary fiction than YA, but for this type of story it works well. The writing could have easily overpowered the story, making it feel heavy handed and slow to read, but Danforth does an excellent job painting a complete picture.
It's easy to get completely submerged in her writing. I really appreciated how honestly Danforth handled Cameron's sexuality. Nothing about it was overdone, it was understated and shy and exactly what so many kids go through when they get their first crush. Straight or gay, I could completely related to the confusion and excitement of young love.
I also really liked how the Christian characters weren't one dimensional villains. I think it could have been very easy to make these characters judgmental and cruel, but instead I could understand where they were coming from. I wanted to hate Ruth, Rick, and Lydia, but I understood those characters and realized that in their mind they were trying to help Cameron and her classmates.
It's fairly obvious that they weren't very successful with their methods, but Danforth doesn't outright condemn them either. It is possible for good people to do very bad things without realizing it. It shows how sexuality isn't a black or white issue and I hope it will raise awareness that people are people first, and their sexuality and religion second.
This is a fantastic book for parents and teachers to start a dialogue about tolerance for different sexualities. This novel is easily in my top favorite novels of a trigger warnings: This novel is easily in my top favorite novels of all-time and it just blew me away. The Miseducation of Cameron Post reads like a classic, like a good classic, and I personally believe it should go down as a classic.
Let's deconstruct this novel a bit, shall we? First of all, this might be the most raw and authentic representation of a character I have ever encountered. Cameron's identity as a lesbian is the core of this novel, and the journey Danforth takes us on in exploring her identity is one of the greatest things in literature today.
As I said, the first half of this novel really puts a focus on Cameron discovering her sexuality and this was one of the most organic progressions, especially considering the outside circumstances of Cameron's time period. The second half then focuses on Cameron in this conversion therapy setting and it is breathtakingly phenomenal.
Conversion therapy is the harsh reality for queer people out there, and though this novel takes place in the 's, conversion therapy still exists today and the power a story like this can have goes beyond words. It shows the truth of conversion therapy and the absolute horror of teaching kids to hate themselves and believes they're "dirty sinners" - a difficult conversation to have, but a necessary one.
And then, there are the characters. The characters in this novel are some of the most well-developed and fleshed out characters I have ever read about. Of course, there's the main character Cameron, who is easily a new favorite protagonist of mine. Like everything else in this novel, her voice is so raw and she has these quirks that just make her such a real person.
But then, there's the phenomenal supporting cast. Whereas there is a sense of who the protagonists and antagonists are in this novel, nothing is truly black and white. First of all, like Cameron, each of these characters is so well-fleshed-out and well-developed that it's impossible not to see them as real people. But another huge positive of how this development is how each character really sees themselves as a good person and truly believes that they're a good person even when sees homosexuality as a sin.
The antagonists aren't painted as two-dimensional villains - they are real people raised in a society that teaches them that homosexuality is wrong and they genuinely believe that they are helping these kids by teaching them to follow God. And there's something so unabashedly honest about that.
Then, there are the more positive supporting characters and they have their own quirks that make them such authentic parts of the story as well. The friends Cameron makes are just as real as she is, adding another layer of depth to this story. As for the plot, I feel that part of that got intertwined in the previous aspects I discussed of this novel. As I originally stated, at it's core, this novel is a lesbian coming-of-age story - an underrepresented but crucial narrative.
The time period this novel is set in really brings to light the harsh realities of homophobia and the hell that queer people have had, and sometimes still have to, face due to their identities.
And then there's the aspect of the writing. This novel can come off very slow-paced, and I understand that being a challenge for some readers.
But I felt that this was a positive because it really dove into every possible nook and cranny and I came out no pun intended fully satisfied after reading this novel. And as I said, this novel reads like a classic, meaning the author is definitely skilled and talented with her words.
All in all, words will never do justice to how I felt reading this novel. It was a masterpiece and I am so, so damn glad I finally read it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was awful. If the author had cut out fully half of the rambling, going-nowhere storylines and spent that energy developing the characters more, it would have been much better.
After all the hype and good reviews, I was really very hopeful that this would be a good one, but I found myself struggling through a few chapters a night, hoping it would get better - but it never did.
The poor main character had all the makings of a classic heroine, but never got there. The text was littered wit This book was awful. The text was littered with bible references and religious assertions that led to guilt, frustration, and one character horribly injuring himself, but even that didn't seem to further the plot at all, and Cameron never did deal with her issues, save for a brief moment when she visited the place where her parents died even then, though, it felt like it was more something the author felt she should do than something the character wanted to do.
It just didn't work as a cohesive story, and I'm very disappointed, because I had high hopes for it. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is an incredible coming-of-age which I'm really glad to have read. Danforth's characterization is consistent and multidimensional. Cameron is a believable protagonist, unsure of herself but wanting to be. Her internal voice is very strong. This strength of characterization applies across the board.
The antagonists are as believable and complex as they are terrifying. I feel as if I know Aunt Ruth, and she terrifies me with her odd blend of well-intentione 4 stars. I feel as if I know Aunt Ruth, and she terrifies me with her odd blend of well-intentioned homophobia. I also loved the gorgeous depictions of setting. Montana is described beautifully here. Essentially the only bad thing about this book is that it's too long.
At least pages could've been cut here; descriptions of the setting can't keep me interested forever. It has been over a week sinceI finished it, and Istillhave no idea what to rate it. I mean, I guess it's good when a book does that to you. But also, I feel like this is where I have my great Rating Crisis. I can feel it coming, y'all, but for now, you can just enjoy that there's a review for this book, however late xD. The Writing Okay, so let me start with one thing. Too much description. Like wayyyyyy too much.
I actually switched to audiobook once I was about pages in since I found it a struggle to trudge through paragraphs upon paragraphs of description before I got to what was happening in the scene we were setting the backdrop for. This was a little too much showing for my taste. In addition, at times the description felt really out of place, and like the author was just trying to fit it in wherever she could. Like you know those worksheets they make you do in middle school to improve your usage of sensory language or whatever?
The ones where you have to come up with a word to describe an object for each of the five senses? Just constantly checking her worksheet. But I did find myself enjoying the metaphors, at times — those were very aesthetic. The first of the practically pages were literally not important to the rest of the story. Be the first to like this. No Downloads. Views Total views.
Actions Shares. Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. Book Details Author: Paperback Brand: Description A powerful and widely acclaimed coming-of-age novel in the tradition of the classicAnnie 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: 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. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity. Don't miss this raw and powerful own voices debut, which is set in rural Montana in the early s.