Cameron Post, is one of those characters that I just instantly fell in love with—she’s the protagonist of the novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth.
Cam lives in the small town of Miles City, Montana. One summer night, Cam’s life changes completely: she kisses a girl for the first time, and her parents die in a car accident. Her first reaction to the tragedy is relief: relief that she’ll never have to come out to her parents. But then Cam’s super-conservative aunt moves to town, and Cam is forced to live with her aunt and grandmother, who have good intentions but are just a little too old fashioned.
One summer a few years later, the mysterious Coley Taylor moves to town. Cam soon finds herself falling for Coley. But when Aunt Ruth finds out about Cam’s “problem,” she takes drastic action: Cam is shipped off to “Promise,” a Christian school where she is told that being lesbian is wrong, sinful, and disgusting. Through this experience, Cam begins to discover who she really is—a girl who likes girls and won’t take no for an answer.
I loved The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I’ll admit, it wasn’t a quick read, nor was it a book I had any trouble putting down for a break. I didn’t feel like I could rush my reading along, but that allowed me to savor the story. The writing is very good.
As I mentioned before, I absolutely love the characters; the way they’re written just makes them seem very realistic. I feel as though the author’s portrayal of Cam as a young lesbian is very truthful. Cam is witty, brash, and painfully honest, and she makes the story a really good one. The two people who run Promise, the Christian school, are so convincingly written that at times their homophobic remarks and actions made me want to throw my book across the room (I might have . . . but only once!) It’s definitely really easy to relate to Promise’s students’ anger towards those two adults.
The only complaint I have about The Miseducation of Cameron Post is that the plot is a bit anticlimactic. There isn’t some super huge event that really makes the book what it is, it’s more of just a memoir of Cam’s teenage years.
But for all the lack of show-stopping action, the end of the book is wonderful. It’s one of those books in which the end leaves so many possibilities for the future, but the story is quite obviously over. It’s haunting and eerie, but there is definitely a sense of closure to the book’s ending.
All in all, I really enjoyed The Miseducation of Cameron Post–definitely a book to pick up if you ever spot it at the bookstore or local library.
Milan L. is an aspiring writer who loves horses, books, and anything else involving animals. She’s known on figment as “Pippa Sky Destry”, to her parents and sister as “Milan”, and to her beloved cat as a chew toy. She lives in a university town and enjoys spending time with friends and horses, reading, and making jewelry out of paperclips.