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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

11595276The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily M. Danforth
2012 Balzer + Bray
ISBN – 9780062020567
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
5 Stars

Cameron Post is 12 years old the first time she kisses another girl. The very next day both of her parents die in a car crash. She then moves in with her conservative religious Aunt as well as her Grandmother. At the start of high school she explores her sexuality through a few different relationships, some same sex, one opposite. She falls in love with Coley Taylor the new girl at school, and has a summer of fun and romance. As the summer progresses their relationship grows more serious and more physical. Everything seems to be going great, until Coley tells Cameron’s Aunt what is happening. In a fit of panic, her Aunt decides to send her to one of those Christian schools that are designed to “cure homosexuality.” During the first year at the program Cameron battles with her feelings about her parent’s death, her friend’s betrayal, and her own identity.

 

This book was truly fantastic. It was happy, sad, frustrating, and just plain heart breaking. It is honestly and beautifully written, and leaves me wondering how Emily Danforth is connected to this story. It just doesn’t seem as it was completely out of her imagination. One of my favorite parts of this book is how wonderful the character of Cameron Post is described and built. She is a lot like me when I was in high school, being just one of the guys, being into sports, she seems like someone I might have hung out with. I think that may have made the story that much more intense for me. I will give one disclaimer…Although the story is about a young teen girl, parts are  a bit sexually graphic, which doesn’t bother me, but may not be for all readers. Overall a truly inspiring book!

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