THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by emily m.danforth (is my Girlfriend)Posted: April 11, 2013
What the Book is About:
YOU GUYS I’M SO SORRY I HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT ANY OF MY BOOK DATES FOR A FEW WEEKS I’VE BEEN OUT OF MY MIND BUSY BUT THAT’S NOT AN EXCUSE I’M SO SORRY PLEASE FORGIVE ME I’M GIVING YOU A BIG HUG OVER THE INTERNET, CAN YOU FEEL IT?
Part of the reason I’ve been MIA is I took a week-long spring road trip through The Great Plains with my husband-to-be, brother, and brother’s girlfriend. While there we stopped in cute-as-a-cowgirl’s-boot Bozeman, Montana. And while in Bozeman, we stopped in Country Bookshelf, one of the prettiest bookstores I’ve ever been inside. And while in Country Bookshelf, I picked up one of their featured books, Montana-set LGBT YA The Miseducation of Cameron Post. And while reading Cameron Post my mind was blown.
Cameron Post is an almost-Harry Potter sized book that follows small-town Montana teenage athlete, cinephile, and lesbian Cameron Post through the high-highs and low-lows of her teenage years in the early 1990′s. The book begins with Cameron’s first physical experience with another girl as a middle-schooler, an unfortunately-timed event that intersects directly with the car accident that kills both her parents. We flash forward to high school, where Cameron is raised by her traditionally-minded grandmother and born-again aunt. Cameron’s friendship with beautiful cowgirl Coley leads to QUITE a bit more than friendship and their quite a bit more than friendship leads to QUITE a bit of trouble for our heroine.
I treasured this book. Post is one of my favorite first person narrators in a good long time (in recent reads tied with Jonny in Love Song of Jonny Valentine). She’s such a 21st century Great Plains Lesbian Hamlet- locked up in her head, escaping every once in a while to do something rash and awesome. The world is vivid and pitch-perfect, the relationships are deeply compelling, the scenes are wonderfully realized, and the lesbian teen sex scenes are so hot I can’t even talk about it without having to run off and get my smelling salts and velvet reclining couch. The book was originally written as a literary novel and later sold as YA and reads as such. This may be a book for teens, but it’s also a book for old readers (me!!! maybe you!!!) looking for that next gorgeous, profound, and deeply human read.
WHAT KIND OF GIRLFRIEND IS SHE:
A super-smart and super-athletic Montana girl who will watch videocassettes and make out with you like nobody’s shenanigans.
MY DATE WITH CAMERON POST
All right, that’s enough ogling nosy-bodies…