The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth – Review

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. 

Cameron Post is a good girl, who (mostly) does as she’s told and who idolises her parents and her grandma.

When she was younger Cameron’s mum managed to escape death while she was camping with her family. This made her and her family live life to the fullest.

One weekend during the summer the Post family were going on a camping trip but Cameron asked to stay behind with her grandma and her best friend Irene, so they went without her just by themselves.

Cameron loved this because she could spend all day, every day with Irene. One night after a particularly hot sweaty day the two showered and went to bed early, only to end up kissing.

They woke up, something was wrong. The phone rang, there was pacing up and down then a knock at Irene’s door, Cameron needed to go home immediately in the middle of the night.

Camerons parents had died.

After the worst happened Cameron put all her energy into becoming an athletic, smart, funny young woman who would do anything for her friends and to not show her over conservative aunt that she likes girls. That was until she met Coley, she loved her from the moment she saw her even if Coley had a boyfriend, Cameron wanted to be the one to kiss her and hold her – she knew nothing could happen, at least not until the right moment.

That moment happened after a four day festival in their town, Coley hadn’t won the beauty queen contest so the two of them went back to Coley’s to watch a film. This is where their first of many kisses happened.

However, it all got too much for Coley and she told her mum that Cameron was trying to convert her into being a lesbian.

After that Cameron’s summer did not get the ending she was hoping for, her Aunt was told of her ‘sins’ and shipped her straight off to a correction camp facility to get her sorted out and rid her of any more ‘sinful feelings’ she may have been possessing.

This is where Cameron really discovered herself and realised that she and the other ‘disciples’ in the camp were not strange, nor do they deserve to be told the only way to change is to hate yourself enough until you start to believe it.

Can she escape? WIll she be ‘cured’? Will she ever forgive her aunt Ruth for sending her there?

Here’s where you can pick up a copy of the story.

Lucy xox

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