Feature: Why You Should Read Fierce Reads’ Remix Series
We are 5 books into the Remixed Classics series from Macmillan, including the most recent release, Self-Made Boys by AM McLemore. This amazing series taps into authors all from diverse backgrounds and offers their take on different literary classics, rewriting them through their own unique cultural lens. Absolutely love this idea. Each release has been received with praise and has a fire cover! Up next are reimaginings of Romeo & Juliet and Jekyll & Hyde by Caleb Roehrig & Kalynn Bayron, respectively. I hope we see more remixes announced soon!
Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remixby Anna-Marie McLemore
Published by: Feiwel Friends
on September 6, 2022
Genres: Historical Fiction, LGBTQIA+, Retellings, Young Adult
Stonewall Honor recipient and two-time National Book Award Longlist selectee Anna-Marie McLemore weaves an intoxicating tale of glamor and heartbreak 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 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.
Books in the Series (in release order):
- A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix by CB 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 (3/7/23)
- Teach the Torches to Burn: A Romeo & Juliet Remix by Caleb Roehrig (8/22/23)