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Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, Emily M. Danforth’s 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 she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s 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.

©2012 Emily M. Danforth (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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beautiful, moving, funny, sad

such a great book! I would definetely reccomend this, especially to any young WLW. The characters are very genuine and relatable, especially the protagonist, who you will definetely want to give a real big hug to about 1038475714 times throughout the story. Warning: do not read this in public while wearing mascara.

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  • TENA
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 2014-11-02

A very worthwhile Read!

I was slightly hesitant to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The synopsis sounded like a cliche "orphaned girl, likes girls, gets sent to anti-gay school, learns hard lessons" tragedy. I had gotten a little dismayed that so many of the LGBT young adult novels that I've read have been very doom and gloom and didn't really want to read another downer (can't there be a happy ending and maybe a less tragic love story for these protagonists?). Having heard some of the horrific stories of ex-gay/de-gaying camps, I was really concerned this would be a focal point for the book and I really wasn't interested in that storyline.

I needed a long book to listen to on a long drive so I decided to go for it since the duration would be just about perfect for the whole trip.

It took me a little while to really get a feeling for the flow and structure of the book but the story was certainly engaging from the start. The language used was really fantastic and largely felt authentic, though there were moments that didn't feel quite right, but they were few and far between.

I was pleasantly surprised that there was a lot of time spent learning about Cameron and watching her her loves (or lusts) develop over the years and it wasn't largely about her experiences at "God's Promise" (and these experiences were far from the physically abusive scenarios that are sometimes connected to ex-gay camps). Some of the story lines I'd wish had been expanded upon but it was a really nice listen (and I ultimately actually got the book to read a second time).

Beth Laufer did a nice job telling this story--her timber and tone were so pleasant to listen to and the various characters were voiced really nicely.

I was not in love with the ending of the book--it just felt like the author rudely left me hanging, but it wasn't so offensive that it ruined the book for me. I still really enjoyed the book, though it wasn't one of the books that left me thinking about it for days, weeks, and months afterward (if I could have given 3.5 stars, that would probably be more accurate of a rating).

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  • Bill
  • 2017-06-02

An insightful book, very well read

Thia one is well written (I have only the slightest scruples with the art of the writing) and does an elegant job of working the overlap between coming of age novel, cultural critique, and literary fiction.

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  • Ashley Rodriguez
  • 2015-04-20

The story was good but the narrator wasn't

I really liked this story overall but the ending felt unresolved and left me rather unfulfilled. Also, I didn't care for the narrator. The personality of the narrator and the "voice" of Cameron just didn't seem to match to me. Normally, with a good narrator, you'd swear they were the author with the way that they just become the voice of the character(s) but in this case it was like you just pulled a random stranger off the street to read it to you.

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  • Ellen L. Mitchell
  • san francisco
  • 2015-01-09

Loved this book

Where does The Miseducation of Cameron Post rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

up in the 10%

Any additional comments?

This novel's language and story is brought to life by this narrator. I throughly enjoy the performance and story. Lesbian novels that are well written are hard to come by, i look forward to more of this genre from audible in the future.

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  • AVM
  • 2015-07-03

Part 3 Needed More Work

What did you like best about The Miseducation of Cameron Post? What did you like least?

I loved Cameron's relationships with the girls in her life, and the development she showed in those relationships. However, the character of Cameron herself never truly developed in her emotional or intellectual capacity. Or, at least, the audience never really gets to see/hear that development, which is weird because it's told in a first-person perspective. Cameron never changes in the book. She is the same person at the start of the story as she is in the end. There is more development and change in the peripheral character of Jamie than there is in Cameron.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was difficult to listen to at times, because I didn't feel she captured the essence of the character of Cameron. Also, the emphasis she put on words like "just" and "maybe" was terribly grating. And, since I'm from eastern Montana, it was really irritating to hear her mispronounce town names. Forsyth=FOUR-SCYTHE. Kearney=CARN-EE. Probably the most irritating part of the narration was that characters were practically indecipherable. Lydia was supposed to have an English accent, which was largely absent from the reading, and when she did try to have the accent, it was truly awful.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, so long as we actually saw some emotional development in Cameron, and as long as part 3 was speeded up a bit.

Any additional comments?

I love great descriptions, and Danforth did an amazing job with the descriptions of the Montana landscape and weather. Montana became its own character in the story, and I loved that. However, this same fascination with description was also Danforth's Achilles Heel. There was a part wherein Cameron is imagining what it will be like when a character receives a phone call. The various descriptions of places and scenarios in which he receives this phone call is described in excruciating detail and for far too long, particularly when it serves absolutely no purpose. I was literally yelling at my car radio to STFU.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-15

I felt like it was missing something

I was sucked in and obsessed with this story from the first chapter, I couldn’t get enough of it. However, I felt somethings were missing like the ending was extremely unfulfilling, lacked character development it felt like and some plot holes here and there. Otherwise, I still enjoyed it. I thought it had an accurate depictions of teenage sexuality and fluidity. It felt like real life and I enjoyed that

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  • Ariana Rodriguez-Rosales
  • 2018-08-10

WLW must read

I loved how the author wrote about Cameron Post. I was able to recollect some of my feelings I had as a teenager while listening to this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-06

Great Read!

This book was relatable and showed the insights of a coming of age teen. The performance was great aswell

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  • Karie Brown
  • 2018-08-06

Soooo Needed!

This is such a good book. You will be moved by this sweet and honest love story of a high-schooler who is lesbian. It is remarkable in its portrayal of the ways our society imposes itself on a young girl, especially if she likes girls as in this story. So many parts were so heart-breaking. Emily also does a beautiful job of not simplifying people as all good or all bad, but maybe how we all are a bit of a hypocrite. Unfortunately, the hypocrisy for some serves as a boots on the necks of queer girls in high school. We need more books like this so LGBTQ identified youth can see themselves and their particular struggles through what they read, and to help everyone understand a little more, to help us tear down the "single-stories" we hold and from which, we hurt. Recommended reading for all!

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  • Shavern Peele
  • Winton, NC USA
  • 2018-08-06

Interesting story

I was completely sucked it to Cameron's world. I wanted to console her, fight for her and tell her off. The book really left me wanting more. It like eating yogurt when you want ice cream. I like it but still want more.