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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A very worthwhile Read!
Part 3 Needed More Work
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.
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.
Yes, so long as we actually saw some emotional development in Cameron, and as long as part 3 was speeded up a bit.
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.