With the YA book club we read The Miseducation of Cameron Post written by Emily M. Danforth. A review of the book you can find here, but if you’re still looking for some recommendations to read after this coming of age novel, we’ve got you covered. One book that will fit right in with the YA-theme and another that is supposedly for grown-ups, but awesome for everyone. Also, we’ll provide you with some discussion questions for when you read this with your own book club.
Of course we’re sticking with the LGBT theme and Adam tackles a somewhat different part of this acronym than Cameron Post does. The titular character in Adam is a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California, who goes to stay with his older sister in New York. Whenever you go to New York, you hope your life will change and for Adam it does. His sister finds herself in the midst of the NY lesbian underground and takes Adam along all the parties filled with hot older women. After a while he discovers that these women assume he’s a transgender and when Adam meets Gillian this becomes a problem. Does she like him for him or only because she thinks Adam used to be a girl?
Rubyfruit Jungly by Rita Mae Brown
For our ‘adult’ rec, we thought about what Lindsay would tell Cameron to read. She would go for a classic, but one that is sexy and tells you to stand up for yourself. Rubyfruit Jungle was written in 1973, where being a lesbian was not something you’d advertise, but this story by Rita Mae Brown did just that.
Molly Bolt was born a bastard and then adopted by a poor Southern couple. Early on she realizes that she’s different and Molly won’t apologize for that. Instead she flirts up a storm with the most attractive girls around and catches there attention in no time.
The rest of the world doesn’t care for her happy-go-lucky attitude and ‘loose morals’ and so Molly gets kicked out of college. Again poor and alone, Molly takes to New York and shows that no matter who tries to keep you down, you can always rise back up. This book shows what it’s like to grow up as a lesbian in America and how there will be a happily ever after.
Possible Discussion Questions:
Epic reads did an amazing job with this discussion guide, so definitely take a look at those questions while preparing your discussion.
– How do you imagine the Cameron who is telling this story? How old is she, who is she still in contact with and where would she be?
– What does it mean that Cameron is an orphan? How does this affect or excuse her behavior?
– Would you call this book an emotional take on growing up as a lesbian instead of a political one and can there even be this distinction?