The Miseduation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Here’s the main thing about this book: Cameron Post is an awesome character. I dare you not to like her. She's so real and strong and down to earth and like someone you’d just want to hang out with. She’s trying hard to be true to herself in a world that wants her to be something or someone else.
So here’s how it begins: Not only was Cameron Post out shoplifting with Irene Klauson the day her parents died--just hours earlier she’d been kissing Irene Klauson. Weird as it sounds, Cameron’s first shocked thought when she learned about the car crash was relief that her parents wouldn’t find out that she’d been kissing a girl. Because that’s not the way things are supposed to work in Miles City, Montana in the late 80s.
After the accident, Cameron has to live with her super religious Aunt Ruth and her grandma. Cam tries to deal with the death of her parents and tries to fit in to her small town pretty much in the middle of nowhere with people she’s known all her life. But there’s always been this other thing she’s known, the thing about kissing girls. And then Coley Taylor, a beautiful cowgirl, moves to town during high school.
Well, it’s not too long after that when Aunt Ruth decides to send Cam away to a special school that’s supposed to “fix” kids like her. And kids like Adam and Jane who turn out to be exactly the kind of friends you really need in a place where every single activity is geared to turning you into something you aren’t.
I've been thinking about Cameron Post and some of the other characters ever since I turned the last page of this enormously satisfying book. The setting is majestic, the writing is brilliant, the story is riveting. And Cameron just rocked my world.
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