The miseducation of Cameron Post

by Danforth, Emily M.

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Summary
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.
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Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* It begins with a preadolescent kiss between protagonist Cameron and her friend, Irene. The very next day Cameron's 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 Cameron's conservative Aunt Ruth discovers the affair, she remands Cameron to God's Promise, a church camp that promises to cure young people of their homosexuality. Such religious conversion therapy is rooted in reality, and Cam's 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 Cam's 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 Cam's miseducation and the challenges her stint in the church camp pose to her development as a mature teenager finding friendship and a plausible future.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) ? (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Lesbians Fiction Juvenile literature
Gays Fiction Juvenile literature
Orphans Fiction Juvenile literature
Lesbians Fiction
Gays Fiction
Orphans Fiction
LGBTQIA+ (Fiction)
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
Montana Fiction Juvenile literature.
Montana Fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins2012
2012
Other Titles Mis-education of Cameron Post
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Language English
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ISBN 9780062101969
9780062101969
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