The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

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Yessss. Guys, this is the book I’ve been waiting for.

The Miseducation of Camerson Post is an LGBT novel that shows a sad reality, unlike a lot of media that makes ‘the average gay coming out story’ seem like a smooth ride with only a few harsh bumps. Let me take this time to remind you that only about half of the American population is non-homophobic. This statistic was only worse in Montana, in the early 1990s.

So, what did you think? The writing of this book was somehow different than most YA novels. Lots of description, long passages about the settings. To be honest, as much as I liked this book, I could have done without a lot of that. I think it would have been more enjoyable it had been 30% shorter.

What did you think of the antagonists, who really thought they were helping? What about Rick, in particular? I’d like to think he came out 10 years later and is now living a very happy life with his husband, but who knows how close to reality that is.

Do you think this would be a good novel to give to a young, struggling LGBT person? Rephrased: do you think, in the end, that this is a hopeful book?

(Feel free to just talk about anything, including how much you liked or disliked the book. Or how much you freakin hated Aunt Ruth. As with all posts on this site, I’ll be replying to anyone who wants to talk!)