Review: How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
Raise your hand if you love character driven stories! Two hands up for me. I adored How to Be Remy Cameron and can not wait for all Julian Winters will write into this world. Check out why you need a little Remy Cameron in your life, plus enter to win your own copy with exclusive sprayed edges!
How to Be Remy Cameronby Julian Winters
on September 10, 2019
Everyone on campus knows Remy Cameron. He's the out-and-gay, super-likable guy that people admire for his confidence. The only person who may not know Remy that well is Remy himself. So when he is assigned to write an essay describing himself, he goes on a journey to reconcile the labels that people have attached to him, and get to know the real Remy Cameron.
Being a teen is an experience in figuring out who you are, in the context of your history, your future, and the internal and external pressures of existence. When Remy is tasked with putting his personhood on paper, he looks outward to the labels he’s assigned himself, as well as the ones others have put on him. How to Be Remy Cameron is the story of finding oneself not in others, but within yourself.
Stories that are character driven tend to draw me in and grip me until the end and Remy kept me turning the pages, eager to experience all of the things. Connection with family (oh my, I LOVED his parents, his relationship with his siblings, and his uncle!). The joys (and grief) that comes with young love. Complex friendships. The relationships he held with a variety of non-familial adults in his life. This book truly had everything as far as emotional connection and I was here for that.
What started as a school assignment became a character study. I absolutely loved living in Remy’s head and within his world for these brief pages. I can only imagine Julian Winters had a blast playing with this cast.
PS I need a Sara novella!
To help raise awareness and to celebrate Pride, today we are giving away this stack of Black queer YA books that have all been painted by Edged in Starlight!
Pictured (top to bottom in 1st photo):
How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters (green edges)
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (yellow/orange ombre)
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus (purple)
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (pink/purple ombre)
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (pink & blue)
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann (purple ombre)
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