The Miseducation of Cameron Post

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post
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AuthorEmily M. Danforth
CountryUnited States
GenreYoung adult, bildungsroman
PublisherBalzer + Bray
Publication date
February 2012
Media typePrint
Pages470 pp.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming-of-age teen novel by Emily M. Danforth published in 2012. The novel's protagonist is Cameron Post, a 12-year-old Montana girl who is discovering her own homosexuality. After her parents die in a car crash, she is sent to live with her conservative aunt. She develops a romantic relationship with her best friend and is sent to a conversion camp.

According to author Emily Danforth, the novel was influenced by the 2005 Zach Stark controversy, where teenager Zach Stark was sent to a de-gaying camp run by Love In Action after coming out to his parents.[1] The story is set in the author's hometown, Miles City, Montana, in the 1990s.[2]


The Miseducation of Cameron Post tells the story of Cameron Post, a 12-year-old Montana girl whose parents die in a car crash just as she is discovering her own homosexuality. She starts developing feelings for her middle school best friend; Irene, but then she leave off to another school. Her conservative aunt Ruth and paternal grandmother come to live with her in Miles City, Montana. She develops a relationship with her friend, Coley Taylor, and is eventually outed. Cameron is then sent to God's Promise, a camp that practices "conversion therapy" and promises to teach her "appropriate gender roles". The remainder of the book explores Cameron's experience at the camp, friends she makes there and her defiance to be "re-educated".


The Miseducation of Cameron Post received mostly positive reviews praising Danforth's writing. Susan Carpenter of the Los Angeles Times called Danforth a "talented wordsmith" with "impeccable phrasing but emotional and visual clarity, drilling down into individual moments and dwelling there in slow motion to help readers experience Cameron's hopes and fears."[2] Teen novelist Malinda Lo wrote that Danforth's writing style in Miseducation was "multilayered in the best way, with a gradual, deliberate accretion of details that creates a resonant whole."[3] A review in School Library Journal offered praise for the writing and sense of place that Miseducation evoked while also criticizing the pacing and length of the novel.[4]

Film adaptation[edit]

On November 18, 2016, it was announced that Chloë Grace Moretz would star as Cameron Post in a film adaptation of the novel. Desiree Akhavan directed and co-wrote with Cecilia Frugiuele. The film co-stars Jennifer Ehle, John Gallagher Jr., Forrest Goodluck, Sasha Lane, Melanie Ehrlich and Quinn Shephard.[5][6]

The film was first shown January 22, 2018, at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize, the festival's highest honor.[7]


  1. ^ Sittenfeld, Curtis (February 8, 2012). "The Best Novel About a conversion camp Ever Written". Slate.
  2. ^ a b Carpenter, Susan (February 5, 2012). "Not Just for Kids: 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Lo, Malinda (February 7, 2012). "'Miseducation': A Cowgirl Coming-Out Story For Teens". NPR.
  4. ^ "The Miseducation of Cameron Post". School Library Journal. October 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "Miseducation of Cameron Post Movie to Star Chloe Moretz". CraveOnline. November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  6. ^ "Chloe Grace Moretz Plays Lesbian Role in The Miseducation of Cameron Post". Movies News Guide. November 22, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Miseducation of Cameron Post".

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