The Miseducation of Cameron Post was one of the first queer YA books I read as a teenager. It looks at what happens to Cameron Post when she is caught with a girl and sent to a Christian conversion camp.
This plot lends itself to a deeply moving film which provides into the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth who face hostile and oftentimes actively harmful reactions to their identities but are powerless to avoid the dangerous situations they are forced into.
This film adaptation very successfully combines poignant moments that confront the audience with the treatment of queer young people with bittersweet moments of camaraderie between teenagers forced to find what little joy they can in such an abusive situation. The scene which immediately comes to mind at this point is when they are preparing food in the kitchen and start to sing and dance to the radio, which they’ve switched from Christian hymns to a mainstream station, before they are interrupted by Dr Lydia Marsh, the woman running the camp. This moment sums up the film brilliantly as it is one of the few moments of true joy that you witness the teenagers experience but it is abruptly cut short by an interruption that is an instant reminder of where they are.
I would also like to applaud the film for its representation of various minority groups. Although the protagonist, Cameron Post, is a queer white woman, her two closest friends at the camp are an amputee woman of colour and a 2-spirit native american individual, which is very refreshing in comparison to the many LGBTQ+ films which seem to almost exclusively feature individuals who are white, gender-conforming and able-bodied.
I was thrilled when I discovered this adaptation was being made and I was far from disappointed as it more than lives up to the novel, I would thoroughly recommend this film adaptation.