The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post Creat Emily M Danforth

The Miseducation of Cameron Post Creat Emily M. Danforth Viral Books emily m danforth was born and raised Miles City, Montana home of the world famous Bucking Horse Sale Her first novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post was influenced, in part, by the landscape and cowboy small town culture of eastern Montana emily has her MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a Ph.D in English Creative Writing, from the University of Nebraska Lincoln Currently she is an Assistant Professor of English at Rhode Island College in Providence.. 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 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 lifWhen 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 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 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.. A viral Ebook The Miseducation of Cameron Post 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 quirky, sometimes blurry exposures that provide quick snapshots of the many small pleasures of childhood. This coming of age novel, which is written more 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 squint 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 sinful/unhealthy 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 protagonist...even 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 real.Fair 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 consequences when we ignore what's right in the name of what's righteous.I 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 unequivocally 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 question: 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 more 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.
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  1. emily m danforth was born and raised Miles City, Montana home of the world famous Bucking Horse Sale Her first novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post was influenced, in part, by the landscape and cowboy small town culture of eastern Montana emily has her MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a Ph.D in English Creative Writing, from the University of Nebraska Lincoln Currently she is an Assistant Professor of English at Rhode Island College in Providence.

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  1. 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 quirky, sometimes blurry exposures that provide quick 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 M [...]


  2. This was a book that I wanted to like far than I actually did I m a bookseller and I was hoping that this might be the contemporary title to hand to girls instead of or in addition to My Most Excellent Year or Will Grayson, Will Grayson, both of which are wonderful novels that feature boys who come out Spoiler Warning One summer day, Cameron and her best friend Irene stave off boredom by shoplifting and making out with each other later that night, Cameron learns that both of her parents died in [...]


  3. 4 StarsOverview Maybe I still haven t become me I don t know how you tell for sure when you finally have You ever read a book that just feels too real Like everything starts fine, but then the narrative starts vocalizing feelings you ve tried to place before And before you know it you re completely immersed and trying to understand why your chest aches That was this book for me It s gorgeously written, and parts of this hit me hard Aside As powerful as this story is, it can be very triggering wi [...]


  4. 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 A [...]


  5. Rating 4.5 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 quote 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 me spell bound and speechless And, truly, I have tried, time and time again, to w [...]


  6. 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 quickly 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.


  7. I feel like I ve been waiting for this book for forever and it is finally, finally, finally here and it was perfect view spoiler Cameron Post is a teenager growing up in a small town in Montana in the early 90s Her parents die in a car crash the summer she s 12, right after she shares a kiss with her best friend Her aunt Ruth, an evangelical Christian, moves in as Cam s guardian Fast forward to her high school years and Cam is desperately in love with Coley Taylor, a beautiful, straight girl who [...]


  8. Even though she s a lesbian, I probably wouldn t have wanted to be friends with Cameron Post in real life Not like I give friendship preference to homosexuals, but seriously she does weed and she shoplifts Keep in mind that the thought of getting a tattoo scares me.I sympathized with her quickly, though When her parents die in a car accident, Cameron s first thought isn t horror, or denial, or anger It s relief Relief that they would never know she had just kissed a girl a few hours earlier As a [...]


  9. 4.5 Stars.Original review posted here.As young adult readers, it s somewhat rare for us to run into a book that s than 400 pages long, and when we do, I feel like those books fall into one of three categories There are those lengthy YA books that are so engrossing and quick paced that you just gobble them up without ever noticing the length see Grave Mercy , there are those that you feel could have had 100 pages cut and have been better for it see Partials , and then, there are those that are w [...]


  10. This is hard to rate I was going to go for two stars but I did think it was 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 Maybe there will be a sequel


  11. Wowwhat a pleasant surprise this was 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 deeply than the typical YA novel, filled with pitch perfect detail and honesty, devoid of condescension a book to be shared by all Weighing in at 460 pages, it s really two books in one The first half is a pretty straightforward girl discovers she likes [...]


  12. 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 like ad [...]


  13. MY RATING IS MORE LIKE A 3.5 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 it was a very real portrait of a person, a realistic vision of a character and her journey BUT, BUT, BUT Oh my god did it drag out Holy moly wowza pants This book is 470 pages NEARLY 500 PAGES FOR A CONTEMPORARY In YA espec [...]


  14. 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 she is sent off to be cured saved in a religious school OVER HALFWAY [...]


  15. 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 , 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 with bible r [...]


  16. I think there comes a point in this book at which you ask yourself if it s truly worth it to read it and for me it was no, thank you I heard this book has been turned into a movie and I prefer waiting to watch it because I truly hope I won t have to deal with the same biphobic comments there were every two pages.It s not even just about these comments, the story had barely started 130 pages into it, these first pages were boring, and when you re book is nearly 500 pages long, you cannot afford t [...]



  17. Grandma stooped over with a yellow rag, sprinkling out the cleanser, that chemical mint smell puffing around us, her son dead and her daughter in law dead and her only grandchild a now orphaned shoplifter, a girl who kissed girls, and she didn t even know, and now she was cleaning up my vomit, feeling even worse because of me That s what made me cry.I was terrified to read this book For everything I d been told about its spot on characterizations and descriptions of the teenage condition, for ev [...]


  18. This was such a good, realistic story I loved the backdrop of Montana and the coming of ageness was wonderful This story spans from cam s childhood to her being 17 18 and those are my favorite coming of age stories I thought the way the author portrayed the conversion camp was really interesting, but also really scary to see how it changed these characters Cam s character development was really nice and felt really natural I d recommend this to anyone who wants lgbtq ness in their reading.


  19. 4 stars 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 intentioned homo [...]


  20. THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST couldn t have come at a better time In a modern world where the topic of homosexuality is so frustratingly politicized, Cameron s story is a welcome respite With crisp, relatable prose, unique characters that burrow themselves in your mind, and character ambiguity that marks only the most brilliant and realistic novels, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST shapes up to be one of the best YA debuts, if not one of the best books, of 2012.There are so many things to lik [...]


  21. I read, with great patience, a quarter through this before putting the book away It will remain unfinished This book is dull The attempt at a sensitive and ruminative coming of age story just feels plodding and tedious.


  22. Let me be clear I think that The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a fantastic book It s engaging, the characters have true depth, and Cameron, while frequently irritating is most often endearing.One thing is clear, though this is a book where no one is right and no one is wrong Well, except perhaps Lydia, but that s an aside.The book follows Cameron through three phases of her pubescent life just before Junior High, her freshman year and summer, and her sopho year Each phase is substantially diff [...]




  23. This book was quietly beautiful It had many passages that really moved me, words that really stuck in my head and felt so very perfect It was slower paced but never boring I found myself captivated by Cameron Post and her life as it felt so very similar to my own as a teenager I didn t struggle with the same issues she did exactly but I still felt such a strong connection to so much in this book it took me back to my teenage years then probably any other contemporary I ve read One reason is tha [...]


  24. Young adult fiction is an audience category that encompasses many genres However, one thing that s somewhat rare to find is literary fiction for young adults, which is undoubtedly what The Miseducation of Cameron Post is And considering the years the author has spent in academia both an MFA and PhD in creative writing it isn t surprising that Danforth s novel fits into this designator This is a slow moving, character driven coming of age story, one that focuses less on plot and on the protagoni [...]


  25. It s so difficult for me to describe this book It s such an amazing novel and it resonated with me so deeply, all I want to do is shout about its perfection and shove it into everyone s face But I ll do my best to do better justice to this book and convincing you to read it It s about Cameron Post, a young girl living in Miles City, Montana When Cameron is 12, her parents die in a car crash Her first response is relief her parents will never know she kissed her best friend, Irene Cameron s conse [...]


  26. 2016 AtY Reading Challenge A book with a first name in the title 3.5 stars It s kind of hard to explain the plot of this book without spoilers The death of Cameron s parents in something that happens pretty much in the first chapter and it was mentioned multiple times but I didn t feel it was the most important thing The book is about Cameron s adventures in discovering who she is.Cameron was definitely my favorite character I loved her sense of humor and her overall personality.All the other c [...]


  27. Danforth has a beautiful grasp of adolescent self discovery and weaves that with ostracizing and frightening influences She s got such perspective on the myriad human vulnerabilities She doesn t deal in absolutes and leaves much room for interpretation So impressed So teary eyed I ve learned so much Reading this was quite a humbling experience.Something about young Cameron Post s experience at a camp designed to help her pray away the gay really struck a chord with me that the methods centered o [...]


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