The acclaimed book behind the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning movie
"LGBTQ cinema is out in force at Sundance Film Festival," proclaimed USA Today. "The acerbic coming-of-age movie is adapted from Emily M. Danforth's novel, and stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a lesbian teen who is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after she gets caught having sex with her friend on prom night."
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was named to numerous best of the year lists.
When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone, and Cam becomes an expert at both.
Then Coley Talor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship, one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she’s not quite sure who that is.
Don't miss this raw and powerful own voices debut, the basis for the award-winning film starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The emotional intensity of teenage life is compounded when coming of age involves coming out. For Cameron Post, the heroine of Emily M. Danforth’s radiant debut, that reckoning happens at the same time as she’s forced to deal with her parents’ deaths in a car crash. She's placed in the care of a devout aunt, who, upon catching Cameron kissing a girl, ships her off to conversion-therapy camp. Set against the rustic conservatism of ‘90s Montana, Danforth’s beautiful YA novel is achingly poignant—not only for queer and trans youth but for anyone yearning to live their truth.
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.
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I actually watched the movie first and it made me want to buy the book. I highly recommend both if you’re into a good lesbian story that doesn’t start or end with the female leaving or going back to a man.
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I actually watched the movie first, which I never do, but I didn’t yet realize there was a book. After reading the book I have to say that the movie was okay but did not do the book justice. SO much good stuff was left out! I did not want this book to end, the author has a magical way of describing the world she created. The little details made me smile so many times, I have a hard time believing it was fiction. The story itself is heartbreaking but I also think it’s necessary, don’t miss out, read this book!! I am so sad to be done, I just don’t think my next read will be able to compare....
This book is just so relatable. It's so great. I believe Cameron is such an accurate representation of how most in-the-closet teenagers think and feel. Especially in conservative households. Words cannot describe how much I love this book.