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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.

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

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  • TENA
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 11-02-14

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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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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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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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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cool

Narration could have been better, but the story is compelling. Had a hard time pressing pause.

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Some audio issues

A few weird pauses or repeats in the audio, but the author is exuberant & her voice pleasant. Overall, a pretty good listen.

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An insightful book, very well read

Thia one is well written (I have only the slightest scruples with the art of the writing) and does an elegant job of working the overlap between coming of age novel, cultural critique, and literary fiction.

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Not what I expected

Memorable and real. Two words I would use to describe this book. It is not preachy and the characters are so amazingly human. great book!

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Upsetting Premise; Good Story

The premise was really upsetting, but the story was really good. I won't say to much, because spoilers. I enjoyed Cameron’s story. It has bible belt undertones that resonate truth, and the characters reminded me of people I’ve known (which is both good and very bad, depending on the character).

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Incredible

I fell in love with this story and Cameron very quickly. The narration was done so well, I already want to listen to it again.

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  • Frankimunk
  • 04-02-16

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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  • shopaholic
  • 12-13-17

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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  • Catherine
  • 07-17-17

Amazing narration for an involving story

I really enjoyed this audio book. The characters are well rounded, with no lazy goodies and baddies. The people who try to 'pray the gay away' are not lazy stereotypes of bigots but people who genuinely believe they are doing what is best. And yet the story does not shy away from showing the terrible damage they inflict. It is an ultimately uplifting tale that manages to steer clear of a lot of the well worn clichés.

The narration is the best I've heard from an audio book. I didn't even notice the narration because it was just Cameron's voice telling her story. The more I listen to audio books, the more I come to appreciate narration as a skill. As so many reviews will testify, bad narration can ruin an audio book, no matter how good the story. At the other end of the scale, the sign of really excellent narration is that you're not even aware of it! Massive kudos to Beth Laufer for this.

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  • Katie Hobson
  • 12-26-16

Miseducation of Cameron post

An interesting book with an important storyline. I am looking forward to seeing the film version which is currently being filmed

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  • Kathleen M Phillips
  • 05-01-16

Sequel, please?

Beautiful story, so thoughtfully written. So detailed, I checked twice to see if I'd missed somewhere that it was a true story. I'm terribly sad to think that I'll not hear more about Cameron and the others. So much is left to tell, I'm sure. I would love to know what happens next- even if the story did tell the most crucial parts, making it all the more powerful.

The narration, as well, was exceptional. I checked to see what else she's done, as I'd buy a book just on her skill- but nothing? Is this her first narration??? Fantastically well done.

I would absolutely recommend this book. Especially if you like getting to know the people in a book, and don't mind if there are no explosions or superheroes :). A powerful message given gently, in a superbly told story.

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  • Joanna Darrell
  • 04-19-16

Nice performance on audible version

Nice audible performance of an ok story. Really felt that the performer was Cameron, telling her story in a personal way. Unfortunately, I didn't "click" with the story or its message enough to really enjoy it and rate it higher

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  • Miss Turner
  • 04-29-15

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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  • Mo
  • 04-14-14

Way better than other's in this genre

This was an excellent read. The narrator and the story combined to make this a five star read, in what is often a tired and limpid genre; the lesbian themed novel.

The main character was written with great pluck, defiance and good humor and the narrator brought a lightness of touch and a warmth to her that made the story glide smoothly along through the darker aspects of the story. It really was a lovely read, and I could have listened to much, much more of Cameron Post. I was disappointed when it was over, and the book remained with me for a long time (I'm read it nearly a year ago now).