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When Cameron Posts parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief theyll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesnt 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 point on, her life 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 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, 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 shes 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.

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"In Danforth's impressive debut, a teenage girl processes her sexual awakening as a lesbian against the backdrop of her parents' sudden death in a car accident. Cam's reckoning with her sexuality develops through a series of vignette-like early chapters that focus on the girls that come and go in Cam's life — and there are several of them — creating narrative moments that will have teens rereading the sexy bits like an earlier generation did with Judy Blume's Forever. The story is riveting, beautiful, and full of the kind of detail that brings to life a place (rural Montana), a time (the early 1990s), and a questioning teenage girl. Halfway through, the novel makes an abrupt turn when Cam's secret is revealed, and her evangelical Aunt Ruth sends her off to God's Promise, a residential school designed to help teens 'break free from... sexual sin and confusion by welcoming Jesus Christ into their lives.' Danforth's story gains even more complexity and dimension from this shift, further developing the political, religious, and coming-of-age themes introduced in the first half. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Jessica Regel, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. (Feb.) â–" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, emily m. danforths The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a powerful and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel in the tradition of the classic Annie 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—that she's gay. 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. When shes eventually outed, her aunt sends her to Gods Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.
 
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was a finalist for the YALSA Morris Award and was named to numerous “best” lists.

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).

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izzorizzo, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by izzorizzo)
Hands down my favorite book of the year!
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emmejo, October 18, 2012 (view all comments by emmejo)
Cameron is a young girl living in Montana, struggling with her parents' sudden deaths and her feelings for other girls. Neither is something with an easy answer, but despite this heavy, complex issues she knows she will have to resolve one day, she does her best to be a normal teen in her little town. But when she meets Coley Taylor, straight and gorgeous, she is willing to risk everything for their friendship and the possibility that one day it could become something else. Despite warnings, Cameron flings herself headfirst into love, but the complications of this situation quickly pile up, until suddenly everything and everyone seem to turn on her.

It was a nice change of pace to read a more realistic teen novel about a gay teen learning to understand their sexuality and dealing with the ramifications. Often books focus on the teen's angst about someone finding out their orientation, and then their being outed and discovering that it wasn't as big a deal as they feared. Unfortunately, that isn't always how it works, and even if one's family and friends will one day get use to having a gay in their circle, the initial shock and backlash can be harmful. I felt Danforth did a better job of showing a variety of personalities and made Cameron a stronger character, with more substance than merely her sexuality, than many authors have. Part of this is thanks to Danforth's clear, solid writing and avoidance of unneeded melodrama. Cameron comes off as grounded and girl-next-door, rather than a tragic heroine.

I did have two issues though. One is the ending. It felt too abrupt and unfocused. I understand wanting to leave things open, but this just felt like the author didn't know what to have happen next and gave up.

The other is the sheer number of young lesbians who just seemed to appear in an itty-bitty town ready to fool around with some teenager they barely knew. If it had just been a couple, spread throughout the book, I might have bought it, but it felt like the author introduced a new girl every time the plot slowed down, which ended up seeming like a cheap way to add drama.
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Suzan Grindrod, July 29, 2012 (view all comments by Suzan Grindrod)
When I picked up this book to read I really had no idea what to expect. As a first novel for this author it could easily have been heavy-handed in its treatment of the subject matter (the coming-of-age/sexual awakening of a gay teen), the characters a collection of two-dimensional people in small town Montana. Instead I found it to be a well-written and compelling story, told in an authentic teen voice. The protagonist -- Cameron, an adolescent girl whose parent die at the beginning of the book -- as well as a full cast of supporting characters (Cameron's friends, her family members, the members of the fundamentalist Christian mega-church that she is forced to attend with her aunt, and finally the staff of the school to which Cameron is sent to "cure" her of her homosexuality) are all fully fleshed out and complex. I'll admit that the parts that dealt with the church congregation and the school made my skin crawl at times, but the author did a great job of showing why these churches can be appealing to people in a Stepford kind of way. A really fine YA novel that I hope will speak to teen readers of all persuasions.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062020567
Author:
Danforth, Emily M
Publisher:
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Author:
Danforth, Emily M.
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Subject:
Children s Religion-Christianity
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Homosexuality
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.45 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Danforth's impressive debut, a teenage girl processes her sexual awakening as a lesbian against the backdrop of her parents' sudden death in a car accident. Cam's reckoning with her sexuality develops through a series of vignette-like early chapters that focus on the girls that come and go in Cam's life — and there are several of them — creating narrative moments that will have teens rereading the sexy bits like an earlier generation did with Judy Blume's Forever. The story is riveting, beautiful, and full of the kind of detail that brings to life a place (rural Montana), a time (the early 1990s), and a questioning teenage girl. Halfway through, the novel makes an abrupt turn when Cam's secret is revealed, and her evangelical Aunt Ruth sends her off to God's Promise, a residential school designed to help teens 'break free from... sexual sin and confusion by welcoming Jesus Christ into their lives.' Danforth's story gains even more complexity and dimension from this shift, further developing the political, religious, and coming-of-age themes introduced in the first half. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Jessica Regel, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. (Feb.) â–" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, emily m. danforths The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a powerful and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel in the tradition of the classic Annie 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—that she's gay. 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. When shes eventually outed, her aunt sends her to Gods Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.
 
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was a finalist for the YALSA Morris Award and was named to numerous “best” lists.
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