The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Hardcover)
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 9780062020567, 470pp.
Publication Date: February 7, 2012
The acclaimed book behind the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning movie
"LGBTQ cinema is out in force at Sundance Film Festival," proclaimed USA Today. "The acerbic coming-of-age movie is adapted from Emily M. Danforth's novel, and stars Chlo Grace Moretz as a lesbian teen who is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after she gets caught having sex with her friend on prom night."
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was named to numerous best of the year lists.
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.
Don't miss this raw and powerful own voices debut, the basis for the award-winning film starring Chlo Grace Moretz.
Praise For The Miseducation of Cameron Post…
“Rich with detail and emotion, a sophisticated read for teens and adults alike.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[An] ambitious literary novel, a multidimensional coming-of-age.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“The story is riveting, beautiful, and full of the kind of detail that brings to life a place (rural Montana), a time (the early 1990s), and a questioning teenage girl.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This finely crafted, sophisticated coming-of-age debut novel is multilayered, finessing such issues as loss, first love, and friendship. An excellent read for both teens and adults.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
“Cameron is a memorable heroine with an unforgettable and important story to tell, and she does so with wit, emotion, and depth.
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“If Holden Caulfield had been a gay girl from Montana, this is the story he might have told—it’s funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully rendered. Emily Danforth remembers exactly what it’s like to be a teenager, and she has written a new classic.”
-Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of PREP and AMERICAN WIFE
“A beautifully told story that is at once engaging and thoughtful. THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST is an important book—one that can change lives. ”
-Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning author of AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER and HUSH
“This novel is a joy—one of the best and most honest portraits of a young lesbian I’ve read in years. Cameron Post is a bright, brash, funny main character who leaps off the page and into your heart! This is a story that keeps you reading way into the night—an absorbing, suspenseful, and important book.”
-Nancy Garden, author of ANNIE ON MY MIND
“Danforth’s narrative of a bruised young woman finding her feet in a complicated world is a tremendous achievement: strikingly unsentimental, and full of characters who feel entirely rounded and real. A story of love, desire, pain, loss—and, above all, of survival. An inspiring read.”
-Sarah Waters, author of THE LITTLE STRANGER