Self-made boys : a Great Gatsby remix

by McLemore, Anna-Marie,

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Summary

Stonewall Honor recipient and two-time National Book Award Longlist selectee Anna-Marie McLemore weaves an intoxicating tale of glamor and heartache in Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix , part of the Remixed Classics series.

New York City, 1922. Nicolás Caraveo, a 17-year-old transgender boy from Wisconsin, has no interest in the city's glamor. Going to New York is all about establishing himself as a young professional, which could set up his future--and his life as a man--and benefit his family.

Nick rents a small house in West Egg from his 18-year-old cousin, Daisy Fabrega, who lives in fashionable East Egg near her wealthy fiancé, Tom--and Nick is shocked to find that his cousin now goes by Daisy Fay, has erased all signs of her Latine heritage, and now passes seamlessly as white.

Nick's neighbor in West Egg is a mysterious young man named Jay Gatsby, whose castle-like mansion is the stage for parties so extravagant that they both dazzle and terrify Nick. At one of these parties, Nick learns that the spectacle is all meant to impress a girl from Jay's past--Daisy. And he learns something else: Jay is also transgender.

As Nick is pulled deeper into the glittery culture of decadence, he spends more time with Jay, aiming to help his new friend reconnect with his lost love. But Nick's feelings grow more complicated when he finds himself falling hard for Jay's openness, idealism, and unfounded faith in the American Dream.

Praise for Self-Made Boys :

"Anna-Marie McLemore cracks the Gatsby story wide open, breathing fresh life into these familiar characters with wisdom, honesty, and real tenderness. An all-time favorite--I was completely transported." --Becky Albertalli, New York Times -bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

"Tenderly written and achingly romantic, Anna-Marie McLemore has crafted a romance for the ages. Their Latinx lens provides more nuance and depth to the classic story. With a breath of fresh life, Self-Made Boys shows us how queer love has flourished in quiet corners across history." --Aiden Thomas, New York Times -bestselling author of Cemetery Boys

The Remixed Classics Series
A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix by C.B. Lee
So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Morrow
Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix by Aminah Mae Safi
What Souls Are Made Of: A Wuthering Heights Remix by Tasha Suri
Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore
My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix by Kalynn Bayron
Teach the Torches to Burn: A Romeo & Juliet Remix by Caleb Roehrig
Into the Bright Open: A Secret Garden Remix by Cherie Dimaline
Most Ardently: A Pride & Prejudice Remix by Gabe Cole Novoa

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Title: A Matter of Infinite HopeDek: McLemore's triumphant retelling is for anyone who read The Great Gatsby and thought, this book needs to be much gayerWhen Nicolás Caraveo, a 17-year-old Mexican American trans man, arrives in Long Island's West Egg, he's eager to start his new job as a quantitative analyst and find a way to pay back his parents in Wisconsin for their easy acceptance of his gender. His older cousin Daisy has other plans, though, and Nick fits neatly into her scheme. She has remade herself into Daisy Fay, lightening her hair and skin to escape the racism of the wealthy society she means to join. She's hoping to secure an engagement from Tom Buchanan, with whom she stays in East Egg, where everyone of old money resides. And Nick soon finds that Daisy hasn't told anyone that they're cousins; instead, as proof of her fabricated background, she's cast Nick and his family as her family's maids.Following a path familiar to fans of Fitzgerald's original, Nick is folded into the glitzy world of the Long Island upper crust. He meets the infamous Jay Gatsby, his new-money next-door neighbor who throws garish parties, but there's more to Gatsby than his wealth. Nick notices that a variety of people are welcome in Gatsby's mansion, including people of color--and not just as the staff. When Nick and Gatsby have their first time alone, they share a moment of recognition, and Nick realizes that Gatsby is also trans. Their exchange underscores the novel's theme of seeing and being seen: "I think we just recognize each other. Boys like us always know one another about a thousand years before anyone else knows us, don't we?"Nick, concerned about Daisy's involvement with Tom as well as her hiding of her true self, decides to help Gatsby win her affection, since they were previously romantically entangled, but it is in the pairing of Gatsby and Nick that this absolutely shines. Their camaraderie carries the story effortlessly, and their perspectives on the world perfectly contrast one another: Gatsby is a hopeless romantic who sees the beauty in what could be, while Nick is a realist who prefers to figure out the math behind everything. As Gatsby envelops Nick in his diverse, heavily LGBTQ+ community, Nick learns the safe ways that people in 1920s New York have found to be their truest selves. In one of the book's most affecting moments, they bond at a gay bar filled with celebrating queer and trans people. Their slow-burn partners-in-crime-to-lovers romance is tender and unflinchingly honest, depicting two self-made boys who have had to discover and create the people they want to become.This retelling, while examining class divides and capitalism, deftly explores racial divides of the roaring twenties, both through Nick's frustration with how white men treat him and Daisy's attempts to pass as white. Nick's and Daisy's feelings about their Mexican American identities are at the crux of the tension, and their relationship suffers from her distancing herself from their family. McLemore goes deeper still, exploring the layers that make up Daisy, a socialite who wants more than just to marry and dress in elegant gowns and jewels. She cares deeply for her family and knows the sacrifices she must make in order to give them the life they deserve. Her emotional arc is given just as much weight as Nick's, and her turning point, when she enters her debutante ball on the arm of her truest love, Jordan Baker, is resonant and beautiful. McLemore's writing balances accurately portraying the oppression and racism of the time with celebrating what it means to be Mexican American and giving their characters agency and joy.Just as the title says, Self-Made Boys is about a community of people who are designers of their own lives, working within the constraints of their time period and still finding ways to honor their truest selves. Nick's journey to seeing that he deserves to be accepted is splendid and well-earned. Daisy is the complicated, layered character readers deserve, who frustratingly makes awful choices for the right reasons, in the name of coming to terms with her own Latina and lesbian identities. In this satisfying, emotional journey that celebrates love, family, friendship, identity, and forging one's own path, McLemore captures the spirit of the original while adding nuance and depth, setting a new bar for what a great retelling can be."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Transgender Latinx 17-year-old Nicolás Caraveo has just left his rural Wisconsin hometown to work as a New York stock market mathematician in this tender, intelligent The Great Gatsby retelling by McLemore (Lakelore), part of the Remixed Classics series. Determined to repay his parents for their unconditional acceptance, Nick enlists the help of his cousin, Daisy Fabrega-Caraveo, in persuading them to let him move to New York to work in finance. He arrives in West Egg to find Daisy "engaged to be engaged" to wealthy, racist Tom, who believes that Daisy is white. Hurt by Daisy's rejection of their heritage, Nick finds comfort while attending a party thrown by his trans Irish American neighbor Jay Gatsby, Daisy's 19-year-old ex. Though Nick is down-to-earth and Gatsby is idealistic, the boys' friendship and mutual attraction grows--but Gatsby's obsession with winning Daisy back, and Nick's agreement to help, stalls potential romance. McLemore cleverly and subtly weaves in imagery from the source material while crafting a unique look at queer relations in 1920s New York, and lush prose skillfully depicts the characters' yearning for freedom and acceptance. This is a compelling reimagining, and a stunner in its own right. Ages 14--up. Agent: Taylor Martindale Kean, Full Circle Literary. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Series Remixed classics.
Subjects Transgender people -- Fiction.
Rich people -- Fiction.
First loves -- Fiction.
Nineteen twenties -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Historical fiction.
Transgender fiction.
Gay fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher New York :Feiwel and Friends,2022
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Great Gatsby.
Contributors Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. Great Gatsby.
Audience Ages 13 and up; Grades 10-12.
Language English
Description 304 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781250774934
1250774934
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