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Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix

By Anna-Marie McLemore
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A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST SELECTION

In the Remixed Classics series, authors from marginalized backgrounds reinterpret classic works through their own cultural lens to subvert the overwhelming cishet, white, and male canon. This YA reimagining of The Great Gatsby centers trans love in a cast removed from its cishet white default, finally exploring those longing glances and wistful sighs between Nick and Jay.

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

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153 Reviews

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Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I’ve always loved The Great Gatsby but changing the characters’ identities so it becomes a story about passing blows the original out of the water. This was so good. I loved the glimpses of queer culture in the 1920s as well. It was also nice to get more of a peak inside Daisy’s mind. The one thing I didn’t enjoy was how young everyone was. I get this is supposed to be YA, but making everyone so young was a bit absurd.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersOriginal writingSuspensefulImmersive settingComing of ageBigotryHomophobiaRacismTransphobia
“⚠️ CW: racism, transphobia, homophobia, mentions of unsafe binding methods, mentions of war, car accident. In this retelling, Nicolás "Nick" Caraveo is a young trans man who has just moved into New York to begin a new life, hoping to be able to help his family back home. He joins his cousin, Daisy Fabrega-Caraveo, who is passing as white under the name of Daisy Fay and they get entangled in the New York socialite life, attending parties and meeting all sorts of people. Among those people is Jay Gatsby, Nick's neighbor, who throws the most extravagant parties in West Egg but is a mystery to most of his guests. Nick quickly grows close to Gatsby as the two find out they have a lot in common and that Nick can help Gatsby get closer to Daisy... Only this time, the story plays out differently. When I read The Great Gatsby, I really didn't like it. I remember feeling utterly bored by the characters and their silly behaviors while also finding it funny enough that I gave it three stars. Also, like a lot of readers, I couldn't stop thinking about how Nick sounded very gay for Gatsby. All of this to say that when I found out about this book I knew I had to read it asap. Self-Made Boys is an excellent retelling, in my opinion, as it stays somewhat faithful to the tone and feeling of the original while also making a completely different story out of it. This book definitely got me more interested in the historical context, as it really added a depth to a story that initially felt quite shallow to me. Here, the story is approached through a queer lens and it's done in a way that is very joyful and endearing. This retelling also tackles racism in the 20s which added a really interesting dimension to the story, especially with Daisy's relationship with her family and Nick in his workplace. The writing style is very simple, which I think is the only thing I missed from the original but the story was so sweet that I really didn't mind much. Self-Made Boys is such a heartwarming read and it has kind of made me appreciate the original a little bit more (I still prefer this one though). I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a very cute, entertaining new take on a classic! Rating: 4.75 ⭐”

About Anna-Marie McLemore

Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of The Weight of Feathers, a finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Debut Award; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature and was the winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Award; Wild Beauty; Blanca & Roja; Dark and Deepest Red; The Mirror Season, which was also longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature; Lakelore; and Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix.

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