Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix
Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix

by Anna-Marie McLemore is a stunning retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby that captures the glitzy, heartbreaking spirit of the original. It’s 1922 and Nicolás Caraveo has just arrived in New York City from Wisconsin, his father’s advice still ringing in his ears. Nicolás is a 17-year-old transgender, Latinx boy who hopes to establish himself as a businessman to help his struggling family out West, in part to repay their love, acceptance, and help during his transition. He rents a house near his cousin, Daisy Fabrega, but is shocked to find Daisy lightening her skin and hair to pass. She also has a new horrifically racist fiancé, Tom, who thinks she is white. Nick finds escape and solace at the wild parties thrown by his enigmatic neighbor, Jay Gatsby, who is also gay and trans, and, of course, obsessed with Daisy. Although Nick finds himself falling for Gatsby, he agrees to help further the romance between Gatsby and his cousin. McLemore’s writing is gorgeous and adds a rich historical context of queer lives in the 1920s to the wild backdrop of Prohibition-era New York that the original Gatsby immortalized. (Young Adult Books)