A review by melaniereadsbooks
Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore

reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Thank you to Fierce Reads and Netgalley for an ALC of this one!

Great Gatsby remix with two trans leads? Umm....yes! Written by one of my all time favorite authors, Anna-Marie McLemore? Double yes. Also includes a sapphic relationship??? YES.

I am so happy I was lucky enough to be able to listen to this in advance. I preordered this one way back before it even had a cover because I am a simp for anything McLemore writes. I was not at all disappointed with this one!

Nick and Jay are so perfect. T4T romance and discussions of race and the whole title Self-Made Boys being used for trans  boys and everything everything everything about this retelling. The Great Gatsby is one of those books that I absolutely loved reading years ago but looked back on and saw all the problems with it, so it is so incredibly nice to be able to read something that takes so much of what I love from the classic and updates it in a way that is thoughtful and meaningful.  McLemore's voice is beautiful and elegant as always, and I also loved the narration of the audio!

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