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Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix

af Anna-Marie McLemore

Serier: Remixed Classics (5)

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"Three teens chase their own version of the American Dream during the Roaring 20s in this YA remix of The Great Gatsby"-- New York City, 1922. Nicolás Caraveo, a 17-year-old transgender boy from Minnesota, 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 Latina 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 for the benefit of impressing 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.… (mere)
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I've got like a half dozen books by this author on my TBR and finally have read one! I was a bit hesitant, Great Gatsby was never a fave but hey, I loved Morrow's Little Women remix from this line and LW isn't my fave classic either. Turns out I find the 20s and the American Dream much more interesting when everyone's gay and trans ;D. Really loved this story, it's been a week and half since I've finished and I'm still thinking about it.

The audio was really well done. I've listened to a couple things voiced by Avi Roque lately (Hell Followed With Us earlier this month) and they're terrific.
  parasolofdoom | Oct 3, 2023 |
All the glitter none of the angst. ( )
  samnreader | Jul 22, 2023 |
I enjoyed this book! The prose was beautiful and I really liked how Daisy was more likable and had more depth in this version. I did think it was a slower paced read, but overall I would recommend to anyone who is interested in retellings. ( )
  queenofthebobs | Apr 6, 2023 |
audiobook teen fiction (~9 hours, multiple narrators). Great Gatsby remix told by Latinx trans male Nicolas who may or may not be attracted to (also trans male) Gatsby. Author is also queer and trans (nonbinary).

Refreshingly, Daisy's character is not a totally selfish ditz; though she does use Nick to help her hide her Latinx background in order to continue passing for a rich white person (and to try to secure Tom as her fiance), she is astute enough to recognize her cousin Nick's identity as a male and takes a very supportive role in that (buying him 1920s side lacers to flatten the bust, deemed a safer and more comfortable option than the elastic he had been using to bind himself). The characters in this teen novel are a bit younger and so unmarried--Daisy is installed in Tom's parents' East Egg home by herself, separate from his residence in NYC and his city girlfriend Myrtle whose garage-operating brothers will be cross with Gatsby by the end of the story.

You may also enjoy: Nghi Vo's The Chosen and the Beautiful, another remix of Gatsby for adult audiences, with a POC main character, queer love triangles, and artfully inserted magical realism. ( )
  reader1009 | Feb 3, 2023 |
A YA queer, trans retelling of The Great Gatsby. As this novel ends well for the characters, I suppose that some might argue that it kind of misses out what tGG was trying to say, but that's part of the point of retellings, no? "What if it were this way?" Anyway, I enjoyed it immensely and was cheering through the final chapters. ( )
  lycomayflower | Oct 2, 2022 |
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"Three teens chase their own version of the American Dream during the Roaring 20s in this YA remix of The Great Gatsby"-- New York City, 1922. Nicolás Caraveo, a 17-year-old transgender boy from Minnesota, 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 Latina 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 for the benefit of impressing 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.

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