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The Miseducation of Cameron Post [Kindle Edition]

emily m. danforth
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“Rich with detail and emotion, a sophisticated read for teens and adults alike.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“[An] ambitious literary novel, a multidimensional coming-of-age.” (Booklist (starred review))

“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.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“This finely crafted, sophisticated coming-of-age debut novel is multilayered, finessing such issues as loss, first love, and friendship. An excellent read for both teens and adults.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Cameron is a memorable heroine with an unforgettable and important story to tell, and she does so with wit, emotion, and depth. (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“If Holden Caulfield had been a gay girl from Montana, this is the story he might have told—it’s funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully rendered. Emily Danforth remembers exactly what it’s like to be a teenager, and she has written a new classic.” (Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of PREP and AMERICAN WIFE)

“A beautifully told story that is at once engaging and thoughtful. THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST is an important book—one that can change lives. ” (Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning author of AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER and HUSH)

“This novel is a joy—one of the best and most honest portraits of a young lesbian I’ve read in years. Cameron Post is a bright, brash, funny main character who leaps off the page and into your heart! This is a story that keeps you reading way into the night—an absorbing, suspenseful, and important book.” (Nancy Garden, author of ANNIE ON MY MIND)

“Danforth’s narrative of a bruised young woman finding her feet in a complicated world is a tremendous achievement: strikingly unsentimental, and full of characters who feel entirely rounded and real. A story of love, desire, pain, loss—and, above all, of survival. An inspiring read.” (Sarah Waters, author of THE LITTLE STRANGER)

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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.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fängt beim Titel an überzeugend zu sein 1. September 2014
Von anygma
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Cameron Posts Geschichte, die sich über ihre frühen Teenager Jahre spannt, ist so großartig erzählt, daß ich sie nur kurz zum Schlafen aus der Hand legen konnte. Obwohl es letztlich gar nicht so ungewöhnlich ist, was passiert, so ist ihre Art des Umgangs damit und ihre Reflektion, an der sie die Leser teilhaben lässt, umso spannender und bemerkenswerter. Die Autorin schafft es von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite, keine eindimensionalen Charaktere einzubauen oder Klischees zu bedienen. Es bleiben Fragen und Handlungsstränge offen, ja, aber das gehört sich auch so, da wir ja nur einen kurzen Auszug aus Camerons Leben begleiten.

Die Beschreibungen der Born-Again-Christians ist zwar extrem beklemmend, aber auch nicht so ausschließlich schwarz-weiß dargestellt, wie ich es anderswo schon gelesen habe und in diesen Fällen immer unrealistisch fand.

Inhaltlich sowohl sprachlich absolut überzeugend - ich habe das Gefühl, Cameron sei wirklich eine Person, die es gibt und die ich kenne - und auch ihre Freunde, obwohl sie Camerons Leben zum Teil sehr drastisch und vermeintlich negativ beeinflussen, sind durchaus tiefschichtig erfasst und haben sicher ihre eigene, erzählenswerte Geschichte, auch wenn es hier nicht primär um sie geht. Man möchte sie manchmal hassen oder zumindest verurteilen, für das, was sie tun, aber es gelingt nicht ganz, weil man weiß, auch da steckt etwas dahinter, auch ihre Leben sind noch nicht abgeschlossen, unveränderbar....

Gäbe es eine Fortsetzung, ich würde sie sofort bestellen - aber auch so ist es ein Buch, das ich sicher nicht nur einmal lesen werde.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super geschrieben 6. Oktober 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Die Spannungsbögen sind gut und ausgewogen über das ganze Buch verteilt, die Charatere sind authentisch und interessant, die Sprache ist einwandfrei gewählt und trotzdem sehr gut zugänglich und nicht ermüdend (wenn man Englisch kann). Das Setting unterstützt den dabei Plot hervorragend.
Die Geschichte, die aus der Perspektive der heranwachsenden Protagonistin Cameron Post erzählt wird, ist kreativ und intelligent aufgebaut und alle Wendungen und Höhepunkte sind gut in den Handlungsrahmen eingebettet. Das Innenleben der Protagonistin wird bewegend und schlüssig dargestellt und verleiht dem Buch das gewisse Etwas. Trotz der coming-of-age/Homosexualität-Thematik fehlt es auch an Humor kein Stückchen.
Daher: uneingeschränkte Lektüreempfehlung meinerseits! Enjoy!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Phenominal 7. Februar 2012
Von SGH - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have never been compelled to write a review before, but: this novel was such a gift, a treasure and an experience for me that I need to. For a few days, I had the pleasure of ingesting this novel, growing to know and care for its main character, Cameron, whose life and complexity captured my heart. After spending nearly 500 pages together, I think of Cameron as someone I know, who struggles through the challenges of growing up, coming out, and developing the values that will guide her through her own unique life journey. I love her: she's beautiful and authentic and has the power to make a difference in a young reader's life, while reminding us adult readers of just how complicated and challenging adolescence is. "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is truly a work of literary art, and I hope there's more of Cameron's story to come.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen worth consuming slowly, taking in each word and phrase as it comes because every one of them has been carefully considered 4. April 2012
Von H. Frederick - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
As young adult readers, it's somewhat rare for us to run into a book that's more 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 worth consuming slowly, taking in each word and phrase as it comes because every one of them has been carefully considered and placed to enrich the story. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is this third kind of book. I'll admit I was intimidated by its girth, but I found every moment that I spent reading filling me up in a way that hearty wheat bread can fill your belly--with nourishment and substance.

Now, I'll admit, a lot of my attachment to The Miseducation of Cameron Post arose from the fact that this book, more than any other I have ever read, exemplifies my childhood. If you want to know what it was like growing up in small town Wyoming in the 90s, not too far from Billings, Montana--it's not all that different from growing up in small town Miles City, not too far from Billings, Montana. Cameron and I went to the same mall to do school shopping, we stop at the same airport, and more importantly, our towns share the same businesses, people, and atmosphere. I cannot tell you how badly I was craving Taco Johns every time it was mentioned, and I am so sad for all of you that don't live in the mountain states and know its glory (you know, as glorious as a Mexican fast food chain can be). When Emily M. Danforth wrote of thunderheads gathering on the horizon, I could smell it, and feel the hot, dry summer air. We played with firecrackers, bought gas at Conoco, bought crafts at Ben Franklin's, we had kids wearing those blue FFA jackets at school; to this day I miss Schwan's single-serve pizzas and push pops. I further bonded with Cameron because we were both swimmers who hung out largely with boys, and had lost parents at twelve (thankfully, in my case, not both). Despite what I felt was a very personal attachment to this book, I don't think you need to have one to enjoy it. Danforth creates such a strong image of Miles City, and God's Promise, that any reader will feel immersed.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming of age story in the truest sense of the term. We follow Cameron from the time that she is twelve, until she is seventeen (or near enough). I loved seeing Cameron come into her own as a person, realize who she was, and fumble with her sense of self in the same way that every teen experiences. For Cameron, much of this is focused on the fact that she is a lesbian, but it didn't have to be--this story would have been just as compelling if she'd been strait. Certainly, this book will speak to any teens who feel trapped in a situation, their family, their town, and need to find themselves to decide how best to manage their future. I am not meaning to diminish the importance of The Miseducation of Cameron Post as a work of LGBT literature, merely stating that I think this is a work that could influence anyone, the LGBT aspect is not the only way readers will relate to this book.

Cameron Post herself is one of my new literary best friends. I love this girl. She's a bit of a klepto, which I never understood, but other than that we bonded hard core. I love that to her, her sexuality isn't a choice, a political statement, or a counter-culture movement--it's just who she is. So many adults in her life reacted to her as if she were acting out, when in reality she was just being a kid, and being who she was. The sad fact that those she loved most had no idea how to love those parts of Cameron they didn't agree with or understand broke my heart.

I think it is easy for those many people who live in very liberal areas to look unkindly and with harsh judgement at evangelical Christians such as much of Cameron's town. When you only experience these people through the bubble that is media, and not through personal experience, it becomes so easy to write them off as horrible people because of their judgements on homosexuals. This has always been a tough position for me. Much of my hometown, and many people that I love dearly share these views. Their adamant belief that homosexuality equates to damnation doesn't change the fact that they are often wonderful, caring, heartfelt people. What Cameron's family does to her, they do because they are trying to help, and because they love her. I can respect that, and so can Cameron. That doesn't make it right, but I appreciate so much that Emily M. Danforth did strive to show these people as caring, and helpless to understand because of their beliefs. There was no outspoken rebellion against Christianity in general, only an acknowledgement that the methods used in this particular case were flawed, and doomed from the start--you can't cure something that isn't a sickness. Because of this treatment, I hope that those who avoid books with religious themes are not put off by The Misedcuation of Cameron Post. It is not preachy either for or against the nature/nurture arguments of homosexuality, it is the story of a girl finding and accepting herself in a time and place where so many obstacles stand in her way.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read for anyone who loves the written word 3. August 2012
Von Reade S. Whinnem - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
It's been a long time since I've read a book that I've loved as much as I loved this one. It's not a book that I would have picked up on my own- an LGBT YA novel with a female protagonist doesn't jump off the shelf at a male writer of adventure/horror. However, I was a guest author at an event with several other authors including Emily Danforth, and I was stung by the excerpt that she read. I picked up a copy (and got it signed, of course). Reading it, I felt transported in a way in that I haven't felt since reading Bill Roorbach's "Summers with Juliet", one of my all time favorite books.

Emily's protagonist is honest, imperfect, & unsure, and she tells her story in detail more rich and vivid than any Hollywood movie could ever hope to convey through pictures. I felt like I was a teenager again, which is weird considering that I am not, and never was, a budding young lesbian living in the western US. The point is that Danforth is so honest in her portrayal of teenage life that even I, a heterosexual male from New England, could read it and say, "Yes, I remember feeling that way, and I'm going to keep turning these pages until I know that Cam is okay."

So here's who I would recommend this book to:
*This book should be read by LGBT teens.
*This book should be read by LGBT adults.
*This book should be read by teens who are unsure of where they fit in this world...in other words, by all teens.
*This book should be read by every adult who was ever a teen who was unsure of where s/he fit in this world.
*This book should be read by everyone who loves authors who can craft words into something beautiful.

If you choose you take my advice and read this book, and you love writers who can work wonders with words, then you won't be disappointed by Emily Danforth's "The Miseducation of Cameron Post."
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Liked, But Didn't Love 20. Januar 2013
Von Emily (Book Jems) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
All of my friends on Goodreads, who have read this book have raved about it. I was expecting one of the best books I've ever read. But I was not immediately wowed by this book, I got nervous. My interest was piqued, but I by no means was obsessed. I couldn't stop reading it - read it in one sitting, but that was because I was waiting for something big to happen. Something that would blow my socks off, but that something never came.

There was no "wow" factor for me. The pace was very slow and I never felt any real emotion from the narrator that I could connect with. I actually skimmed some parts of it, when I couldn't get into the book. I hate to admit to skimming because I feel like I'm degrading the author's work, but as my mind tired of some parts, my eyes wandered along.

I loved the idea of the plot and the set up for the story. Since it was split up into sections of Cameron's life, you were able to watch as she developed into a woman and into her sexuality. I only wish that she had someone to support her and understand the her sexual preference is not a choice. We love who we love and that is that.

I love the friends that Cameron makes in God's Promise, which is basically a camp from unwanted people. There is a former drug addict and many homosexuals in attendance. Cameron's friends, Jane and Adam, are great characters. They add comedy and also are great friends for Cam. I truly connected with Jane and Adam and would've loved more with them, even though there was a lot!

I am a full supporter of gay rights and to see people so mistreated in this book because of there sexual orientation was horrifying to me. But so realistic. A friend of mine was actually sent to a camp like mentioned in this story. She hated it and it did nothing to change her. She knew who she was and I'm proud to say she was resilient. She and her partner have been together for three years now. This book does show the issues that homosexuals face(d) in the late twentieth century, that they are often still facing now.

I was unsatisfied with a few things in the book. One: There was no closure with Jamie, Coley, Lindsay, Irene or even with Cameron's, the main character, family members. It is bothering me to not know what happened between them and if anything was ever resolve. Two: The ending. I didn't quite understand what was happening. Just where it left off. Before it left off, it was very moving and sad. I just didn't like where the book finished. It felt incomplete to me. I wanted more, I expected more. Three: The way the author introduces characters and makes them a part of Cameron's life only to have them leave and never be heard from again. It really bothered me. Even though they are in the story for long, I wanted more of them. I wanted Cameron to have someone to rely on and have constant support from.

I enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favorite, but it was very good. The Miseducation of Cameron Post dealt with a very big and controversial issue in a regal and realistic way. Based on the content, I also recommend this for older, mature young adults and adults.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen This book will remind teens and adult readers alike how far things have come - and how far they have yet to go 23. März 2012
Von Teen Reads - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
In 2012, as gay marriage gains acceptance and legality in more and more states, as gay relationships are portrayed positively in national media, it's easy to forget that, in many parts of the country, coming to terms with one's sexual identity can be fraught with questions, fear, and even danger. The powerful "It Gets Better" campaign launched by gay and lesbian celebrities and activists is an important reminder that, for many young people, coming of age as a gay teenager is anything but a cause for celebration.

Nowhere is this more vividly considered than in Emily M. Danforth's debut novel, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST. It's clear that Danforth intimately understands what it was like to grow up in Miles City, Montana, in the early '90s --- she grew up there herself. Throughout her exhaustive (at nearly 500 pages) exploration of Cameron Post's teenage years, Danforth painstakingly includes details of place, music, films and people that place this novel in its specific time and place.

And it's a time and place that is not particularly friendly to Cameron, who begins to realize, at the age of 12, that her attraction to her best friend Irene goes beyond best-friendship. But the day after she's finally gotten up the courage to kiss Irene --- and to delight when Irene kisses her back --- Cameron's parents are killed in a car accident.

The guilt and fear that Cameron feels as a result of this horrific coincidence is a theme that carries throughout the book --- Cameron's tendency to blame herself for her parents' death is ever after tangled up with her confusion about her sexuality. When Cameron's socially conservative aunt Ruth moves to Montana to care for her niece, Cameron comes to realize that she won't find advice or support from her family, or from anyone else in Miles City, for that matter. Instead, she's left to her own devices, thanks in large part to films she watches in the privacy of her own bedroom.

That's not to say that Cameron doesn't find outlets for her sexual desire --- there's the politically active Lindsey, who hails from progressive Seattle, and Mona, a college woman and fellow lifeguard. And, finally, there's Coley, Cameron's first true love. Coley is beautiful and confident and, by all accounts, straight. But Cameron and Coley grow closer over the course of one memorable summer...before everything comes crashing down around them.

At times, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST may seem like the product of an earlier time, when classics like ANNIE ON MY MIND defined the adolescent coming-out novel. But as the current political climate, not to mention the continued acceptance of homophobia in towns all over the country, shows, there's still a great need for books like this one. Cameron's eventual assignment to God's Promise, a re-education camp whose motto is "The opposite of the sin of homosexuality is not heterosexuality: it is holiness," offers plenty of opportunities for readers to consider the possibilities for reconciling religious faith with the acceptance of sexual diversity.

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, with its small-town, late-20th-century setting, will remind teens and adult readers alike how far things have come --- and how far they have yet to go.

Reviewed by Norah Piehl
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