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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

by Emily M.  Danforth

Published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2012
470 pages
ISBN: 978𢠢62020567

Age 14 and older

After Cam抯 parents are killed in a car accident in the summer of 1989梐 summer when Cam also discovered she likes kissing her best friend, Irene桟am抯 Aunt Ruth moves to Miles City, Montana, to take care of her. During high school, Cam fantasizes about beautiful Coley Taylor. Cam and Coley become friends, and eventually more. They keep their relationship a secret until they are caught by Coley抯 brother. Aunt Ruth sends Cam to spend the 199293 school year at God抯 Promise, a 揅hristian School and Center for Healing. She抯 one of twenty kids in a program for 揳dolescents yearning to break free from the bonds of sexual sin and confusion by welcoming Jesus Christ into their lives. Cam has no such yearning, and finds a couple of kindred spirits to help her endure. She also witnesses how some kids at God抯 Promise struggle to reconcile who they are with what they are being told. Emily Danforth抯 novel in three parts stands out for its look at the life of a gay teen who has no doubt about her sexuality and no worries that it抯 wrong even as she is challenged to think otherwise. It also stands out for offering rich, nuanced characters that go far beyond stereotypes梥omething particularly unusual and refreshing when it comes to the portrayal of conservative Christians. Danforth抯 ability to explore and convey feeling through action and imagery is wonderful in a book that nonetheless would have benefitted from editing to make it shorter. But even though Cam抯 journey is long, it抯 satisfying.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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