McLemore, Anna-Marie - Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix

McLemore, Anna-Marie - Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix

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In this fresh and imaginative remix of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, The Great Gatsby, two misfits find love, self-acceptance, and a sense of belonging in the vibrant world of cosplay and the Japanese pop culture convention, Otakuthon. 


For fans of Heartstopper and The Love Interest, Anna-Marie McLemore reimagines The Great Gatsby in a contemporary setting, exploring the challenges and triumphs of being a young LGBTQ+ person.

Elijah, an aspiring cosplayer, is drawn to the extravagant world of Otakuthon, where he's captivated by the flamboyant costumes, the passionate fanbase, and the opportunity to escape his mundane reality. However, he also struggles with shyness and self-doubt, feeling like an outsider in his own community.

One fateful night, Elijah meets Alex, a talented cosplay designer whose confidence and passion inspire Elijah to embrace his own creative talents. As they deepen their bond, Elijah and Alex embark on a journey of self-discovery, questioning societal expectations and forging their own paths in life.

LGBT Themes:

  • Explores the challenges and triumphs of being a young LGBTQ+ person
  • Delves into themes of self-acceptance, identity, and community
  • Positive portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters
  • Remixes the classic novel The Great Gatsby for a modern audience

Relevant Tags:

  • Young adult contemporary, LGBTQ+ representation, Coming-of-age, Cosplay, Friendship, Self-discovery, Retelling, Great Gatsby, Queer, Alternate history, LGBTQ+, Japanese pop culture, Convention

Title Tags:

  • Self-Made Boys, Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQ+


  • Self-Made Boys: A reimagined Great Gatsby remix that explores love, self-discovery, and the power of cosplay.
  • Self-Made Boys: Follow Elijah as he finds love, acceptance, and his place in the world amidst the vibrant world of cosplay.
  • Self-Made Boys: A poignant novel that will resonate with readers of all ages and celebrates the power of friendship and acceptance.
  • Immerse yourself in the captivating world of cosplay and experience a fresh take on the classic novel The Great Gatsby.


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Title: Self-Made Boys

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Pages: 352

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: July 12, 2023

Weight: 410 grams (approximately)

Size: 14 x 21.5 x 3 cm (approximately)

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