Monday, October 22, 2012

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

by Emily Danforth

The day Cameron Post's parents die is the day she first kisses a girl.  She can't help but be relieved that they will never know about her, they will never have to be ashamed that she is gay.  But when her extremely religious aunt moves in to take care of her, she finds being true to herself is a constant challenge.  As she grows up, and embraces her sexuality, her aunt sends her to a religious boarding school which claims it can 'readjust' her sexual orientation.  What she learns there will change her life forever.

Danforth's book about a girl who has to learn to embrace herself in the midst of a conservative community and family is both well written and timely.  This is a great book not just for LGBT teens, but for any who seek to try and understand what these teens go through as they try to be themselves. The hurt and shame that Cameron feels as her aunt tells her she is going to hell for being who she is is something most teens will never go through, which is why reading a book on the topic is important.  Highly recommended for slightly older tweens and teens. 

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 9-10th Grade

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