Book Reviews

Book Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

The night Cameron Post’s parents died, her first emotion was relief. Relief they would never know that hours earlier, she’d been kissing a girl.

Now living with her conservative Aunt in small-town Montana, hiding her sexuality and blending in becomes second nature to Cameron until she begins an intense friendship with the beautiful Coley Taylor.

Desperate to ‘correct’ her niece, Cameron’s Aunt takes drastic action.

Now Cameron must battle with the cost of being her true-self even if she’s not completely sure who that is.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.

Rating: 4*

Recommended For:

Themes: Identity and acceptance, friendship, family, religion and LGBTQIA+ issues

LGBTQIA+ Content: Main character is lesbian.

This was a fantastic book, with a believable and compelling main character. The setting hit all my nostalgia buttons as the narrative is set in the early 90s. Throwback to the VCR and corded house phones!

Cameron Post ie a regular 90s kid. She runs, she swims, she explores – and she just happens to like girls. When her parents die, Cameron’s whole life changes. Her aunt moves in and the family try to move on from the tragedy.

Unfortunately, Cameron lives in a small town in Montana where acceptance of being LGBTQIA+ isn’t commonplace. Add to that her aunt’s conservative born-again Christian faith, and Cameron has to hide who she really is.

And it works out pretty well, up until Coley Taylor.

Once again, Cameron’s life is turned upside down, this time by her aunt’s drastic decision. Once again, Cameron must adapt to survive.

I enjoyed this book very much. I loved Cameron and her friends. I loved Grandma Post. I even found myself understanding why Aunt Ruth made the decisions she made, even if I thought they were appalling.

My only criticism is that sometimes the plot lacked pace. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy any of the story. It was more that at times it felt there was a long time between major plot points.

An excellent read, highly recommended to all LGBTQIA+ readers.

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