Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Mis-Education of Cameron Post

The Mis-education of Cameron Post  by Emily Danforth

Cameron is 12 when her parents die in an automobile accident.  She is already feeling guilty about kissing her best friend Irene.  In fact, "guilty" would be a word to describe how Cameron feels about her yearnings for girls in general--and her guilt becomes stronger still when Aunt Ruth comes to take care of her, and introduces Cammie to conservative Christianity.  

Several loves enter and exit Cammie’s life as she is trying to understand who she is and who she loves, or shouldn’t, love.  At age fifteen, Cammie develops a relationship with Coley, also from the church, but when Aunt Ruth finds out, Cammie is sent to  “God’s Promise, a school affiliated with the National Association for the Research and Treatment of Homosexuality.  

Cameron is a very likeable and well-drawn character, as are most of the characters in the book.  Cameron’s story is compelling  and personal , giving it an autobiographical feel.  Chapters about young Cameron (age 9) could be a problem for some readers.  While those chapters have a great impact on Cameron’s life and awakening sexuality, it takes a mature reader to understand that.  The story also takes place in the 1990s, which has an historical impact on the Christian School and Center for Healing ( brochure pictured in the book. )  This is a hefty tome, but well worth reading.

Cussing, drug use, sexual situations.  Recommended for readers ages 14 and up.

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