The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily M. Danforth
The first half of Cameron Post is beautifully descriptive story of a closeted lesbian in small town Montana who quietly wonders if her sexuality is to blame for her parents’ death. Cameron is forced to move in with her conservative and religious grandmother and Aunt Ruth, and although all of this may sound pretty intense, I would go so far as to call the first half of the book light-hearted. Cameron makes friends, deepens her self-awareness, and falls in love. However, it takes a turn as Cameron is enrolled in a conversion therapy camp. And so we cannot recommend this book without several trigger warnings for ex-gay language and experiences, as well as descriptions of self-harm.
Even though it is intense, I think the setting of an ex-gay camp is one of the things that makes this book so important. We cannot forget how harmful these camps can be, because they still exist around the world, and so many of our community members have gone through similar experiences. Although this is not a so-called/marketed “Christian” book, it is one of the few stories with queer content that engages with some religious ideas and language in a sincere way.
Because of some of the heavy content matter, we recommend this book to older teens and young adults.