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Publisher's Summary

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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©2012 Emily M. Danforth (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Morris Award Finalist, 2013    

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Definitely worth it!

Brilliant story, but I would suggest buying the book and giving the audiobook a miss. the narration was hard to listen to in some parts and I found myself looking forward to it being over.

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  • TENA
  • 02-11-2014

A very worthwhile Read!

I was slightly hesitant to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The synopsis sounded like a cliche "orphaned girl, likes girls, gets sent to anti-gay school, learns hard lessons" tragedy. I had gotten a little dismayed that so many of the LGBT young adult novels that I've read have been very doom and gloom and didn't really want to read another downer (can't there be a happy ending and maybe a less tragic love story for these protagonists?). Having heard some of the horrific stories of ex-gay/de-gaying camps, I was really concerned this would be a focal point for the book and I really wasn't interested in that storyline.

I needed a long book to listen to on a long drive so I decided to go for it since the duration would be just about perfect for the whole trip.

It took me a little while to really get a feeling for the flow and structure of the book but the story was certainly engaging from the start. The language used was really fantastic and largely felt authentic, though there were moments that didn't feel quite right, but they were few and far between.

I was pleasantly surprised that there was a lot of time spent learning about Cameron and watching her her loves (or lusts) develop over the years and it wasn't largely about her experiences at "God's Promise" (and these experiences were far from the physically abusive scenarios that are sometimes connected to ex-gay camps). Some of the story lines I'd wish had been expanded upon but it was a really nice listen (and I ultimately actually got the book to read a second time).

Beth Laufer did a nice job telling this story--her timber and tone were so pleasant to listen to and the various characters were voiced really nicely.

I was not in love with the ending of the book--it just felt like the author rudely left me hanging, but it wasn't so offensive that it ruined the book for me. I still really enjoyed the book, though it wasn't one of the books that left me thinking about it for days, weeks, and months afterward (if I could have given 3.5 stars, that would probably be more accurate of a rating).

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  • Ellen L. Mitchell
  • 09-01-2015

Loved this book

Where does The Miseducation of Cameron Post rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

up in the 10%

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This novel's language and story is brought to life by this narrator. I throughly enjoy the performance and story. Lesbian novels that are well written are hard to come by, i look forward to more of this genre from audible in the future.

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  • Ashley Rodriguez
  • 20-04-2015

The story was good but the narrator wasn't

I really liked this story overall but the ending felt unresolved and left me rather unfulfilled. Also, I didn't care for the narrator. The personality of the narrator and the "voice" of Cameron just didn't seem to match to me. Normally, with a good narrator, you'd swear they were the author with the way that they just become the voice of the character(s) but in this case it was like you just pulled a random stranger off the street to read it to you.

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  • Kay Dee
  • 12-09-2018

I just couldn't stand the narration

I can't even review the story because I just can't stand the narration. The story may be wonderful, but I won't know until I get it in book or kindle form. Just can't listen to the audible version one more minute. The narrator has a prominent accent, I guess New York or Long Island, and it is so distracting and doesn't fit at all for a young girl from Montana. Her inflections are off and it's so awful to listen to that I absolutely can't finish the book. Her voice and accent just doesn't fit the story and is terribly distracting.

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  • Alisha
  • 27-07-2020

Excellent book about being a lesbian

Loved it so much!
The characters are great and so is the story.
Real lesbian tale, told well.

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  • AVM
  • 03-07-2015

Part 3 Needed More Work

What did you like best about The Miseducation of Cameron Post? What did you like least?

I loved Cameron's relationships with the girls in her life, and the development she showed in those relationships. However, the character of Cameron herself never truly developed in her emotional or intellectual capacity. Or, at least, the audience never really gets to see/hear that development, which is weird because it's told in a first-person perspective. Cameron never changes in the book. She is the same person at the start of the story as she is in the end. There is more development and change in the peripheral character of Jamie than there is in Cameron.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was difficult to listen to at times, because I didn't feel she captured the essence of the character of Cameron. Also, the emphasis she put on words like "just" and "maybe" was terribly grating. And, since I'm from eastern Montana, it was really irritating to hear her mispronounce town names. Forsyth=FOUR-SCYTHE. Kearney=CARN-EE. Probably the most irritating part of the narration was that characters were practically indecipherable. Lydia was supposed to have an English accent, which was largely absent from the reading, and when she did try to have the accent, it was truly awful.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, so long as we actually saw some emotional development in Cameron, and as long as part 3 was speeded up a bit.

Any additional comments?

I love great descriptions, and Danforth did an amazing job with the descriptions of the Montana landscape and weather. Montana became its own character in the story, and I loved that. However, this same fascination with description was also Danforth's Achilles Heel. There was a part wherein Cameron is imagining what it will be like when a character receives a phone call. The various descriptions of places and scenarios in which he receives this phone call is described in excruciating detail and for far too long, particularly when it serves absolutely no purpose. I was literally yelling at my car radio to STFU.

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  • Rachel
  • 21-09-2021

My very favorite book!

This book is truly magical. You truly feel the characters come to life! I recommend this to everyone.

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  • K. Stiffler
  • 09-09-2021

Marvelous Realism

The character ofCameron develops from 12 to 16 in a totally believable way. But I do want a sequel. Excellent ending.

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  • Bea
  • 10-05-2021

Beautiful Coming-of-age story

Danforth has a handle on language that brings richness to her stories. Beautiful story that doesn't only linger on the negative parts of growing up gay, but addresses life as it is: hard, wonderful, confusing, exhilarating. LGBT story worth a read/listen, and maybe even two.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 07-02-2021

love love loved this story

I only wish there was more I practically inhaled this book, the writing was spot on and the performance brought the whole thing to life.

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  • Joanna Frawley
  • 11-06-2019

Slow, self indulgent and disappointing

I bought this book having enjoyed the movie, and chose to overlook some of the other negative reviews, but it was honestly a struggle to finish.
Firstly it was almost like two books in one - the first half was a chronology of the narrator discovering her attraction to girls, followed by a list of the various girls she met and had relationships with. Frankly it became farcical that every single girl she met happened not only to be gay but also attracted to her (especially in the depths of cowboy country, bible belt Montana). And every one was a stereotype: the closeted high school girl, liberal girl from hipster city, 'dykey' student etc.
By the time I got to the second part where she was sent to the Christian reform camp - what is supposed to be the focus of the book - I was at the part of not caring. While the pace did pick up the story was still far too bogged down with superfluous detail while not really delving deep into the characters she talked about or the drama of the situation.
Overall I'd say to anyone thinking about this book to save a credit and just watch the movie!

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  • shopaholic
  • 13-12-2017

Long winded and only half a book

Narrator was brilliant, but the story was sooooo! Drawn out, practically every hour of everyday. Only when the fight back began did the interest ramp up then the book ended without any real resolution of anything.

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  • Damon
  • 08-09-2020

A journey

Ignore the other reviews here, this is a good character study, nicely crafted, an interesting story about how one girl was forced to a school where she'd have her 'gayness' knocked out of her. Is there a sequel because it left many thrads hanging, we don't revisit her family, Viking Erin isn't explained, and the ending . . . I didn't see it coming, didn't quite understand it. Did the author think it was profound? Or did she just give up. The editor should be shot for not coaching the author to finish off bits of the plot that are missed. But, you know, it's clearly from the pen of an intelligent studier of character and minutiae. This one is certainly about the journey and not the hurried ending. I think this is fair.

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  • ERAB
  • 08-03-2020

awful

struggled to get as far as I did ! just a load of utter rubbish

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  • Frankimunk
  • 02-04-2016

Excellent and original

This book is wickedly delightful, really funny and a satisfying storyline, so many books in this genre are boring because they lack originality and use a 'same old' template.
This is no such a book, ultimately re-readable.

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  • Miss Turner
  • 29-04-2015

Crazy Americans

I enjoyed the book, it made interesting reading to realise how people within the church want to remove such sin and how reality is that we are not 'cured' just learning to give lip service to those that are not prepared to listen but push their beliefs onto another.

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  • Miss M.
  • 11-08-2021

Stunning coming of age novel

This is in my opinion an important book in the LGBTQ genre. It beautifully describes someone coming to terms with themself, their sexuality & their grief. That said it's not too weighty or serious. Cameron Post is bright, funny, rebellious, at times heartbreaking but a truly entertaining narrator. You will fall for her big time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-2021

Witty, rich and engaging rights of passage tale of remarkable young woman

From the start, Emily M Danforth’s vivid descriptions plunge you into both the wilds and the suffocating small town atmosphere of Montana. The story explores a remarkable young woman’s teen and young adult experiences of being gay in a conservative Christian area, her experiments in sex, romance, relationships and abusive attempts at conversion ‘therapy’. The sensitivity and solidarity in the narrative style reveals Cameron’s strength and smarts. Wit and and rich metaphors celebrate and critique this time and place in American society. Beth Laufer’s narration brings Cameron beautifully to life so that you cannot help but take her into your heart.

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  • Sam Gregory
  • 10-03-2021

A reasonable read

I wasn't over awed by this book and if it weren't for doing a Literature degree, I would have returned it. The story isn't particularly intriguing and the constant use of 'said' is annoying. The ending is incredibly dull and abrupt.

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  • Ruth Adams
  • 08-03-2021

One of my favourites

The perfect mix of drama with a bit of romance. Relatable main character, I've listened to it 3 times now. The narrator does a great job too, I think her voice fits perfectly

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