The Miseducation of Cameron Post is hands down one of the most beautiful books I’ve read this year. The prose is literary, elegant and full of detail, but with a voice very true to the protagonist. It’s also an Important Book in that it’s about a gay girl growing up in Montana who midway through is sent to a conversion therapy program. While it’s scary to think how common attempts to “fix” gay teens are, Cameron’s story is realistically told, without a villain or anyone who is easy to hate for what they are doing. It’s a story of people, and all the illogicalities that they encompass. NPR’s review said it best:
Describing a book as “important” is a compliment, but it can also seem to detract from its literary quality — as if its significance is more about its message than its sentences. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is indeed an important book — especially for teens growing up today in communities that don’t accept them for who they are. But it is also a skillfully and beautifully written story that does what the best books do: It shows us ourselves in the lives of others.