The Miseducation Of Cameron Post
by Emily M. Danforth
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Copyright Year: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Electronic & Audio Format Available
No. of Pages: 480
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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 tothat 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. — From Booklist *Starred Review* It begins with a preadolescent kiss between protagonist Cameron and her friend, Irene. The very next day Camerons parents die in an automobile accident, and the young girl is left riddled with guilt, feeling her forbidden kiss was somehow responsible for the accident. This is an old convention of GLBT literature, but freshly handled here and given sophisticated thematic weight. As Cameron grows into her teenage years, she recognizes that she is a lesbian. After several emotional misadventures, she meets and falls in love with the beautiful Coley, who appears to be bisexual. Both girls attend the same fundamentalist church, and when Camerons conservative Aunt Ruth discovers the affair, she remands Cameron to Gods Promise, a church camp that promises to cure young people of their homosexuality. Such religious conversion therapy is rooted in reality, and Cams experiences at the camp are at the heart of this ambitious literary novel, a multidimensional coming-of-age reminiscent of Aidan Chambers equally ambitious This Is All (2006). There is nothing superficial or simplistic here, and Danforth carefully and deliberately fleshes out Cams character and those of her family and friends. Even the eastern Montana setting is vividly realized and provides a wonderfully apposite background for the story of Cams miseducation and the challenges her stint in the church camp pose to her development as a mature teenager finding friendship and a plausible future. Grades 9-12. –Michael Cart –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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