How to Be Remy Cameron

How to Be Remy Cameron

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....

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Title:How to Be Remy Cameron
Author:Julian Winters
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How to Be Remy Cameron Reviews

  • kav (xreadingsolacex)

    Once again, I need Julian Winters to meet in the parking lot because he keeps! playing! with my emotions!!!

    is Winters' brilliant sophomore novel, following Remy Cameron, a junior in high school who feels he knows himself until his English teacher gives him an essay assignment that makes him question who he is. Rem/>How

    Once again, I need Julian Winters to meet in the parking lot because he keeps! playing! with my emotions!!!

    is Winters' brilliant sophomore novel, following Remy Cameron, a junior in high school who feels he knows himself until his English teacher gives him an essay assignment that makes him question who he is. Remy has been given tons of labels since he was a child - Black, gay, adopted, best friend, older brother - but none of these get to the core of his identity, so Remy then goes on an emotional journey to help him answer the question of

    Like Winters' debut,

    , Remy's story is the perfect blend of emotional, powerful, and heart-warming. With a diverse and incredible cast of characters, an adorable romance, and a beautiful journey, Winters impresses me again with his talent.

    First up, I want to talk about the cast of characters.

    Remy's friends and family are a huge part of his life, and I LOVED how present they were and how well-constructed the supporting cast.

    Remy has a relatively large group of friends, but he has his core group that make many appearances in the novel, and they're the ones who really give him the advice he needs to write that essay. I particularly loved Lucy and Brooks' characters, but all of Remy's friends brought a smile to my face. I loved the mix of their humor/light-hearted conversations with their strong emotional bond. The friendships in this novel are so beautiful; Remy has a different relationship with everyone in his friend group, and all of their relationships are well-constructed and heartwarming to read.

    And then, there's Remy's family. Again, I just loved how Winters handled the arc of Remy being adopted and how that played into his overall journey in the novel. But what I loved more was the bond between Remy and his family. I legitimately came close to crying multiple times while seeing Remy's relationship with his family, as it was just so purely supportive and loving. I adored Remy's mom and dad so much, but his little sister Willow brought the biggest smile to my face whenever she was on the page, and there was just something so lovely about the pure

    this family shares for each other.

    And while talking about relationships, I have to talk about the ADORABLE romance between Remy and the love interest (who is of Korean-Mexican descent). I firmly believe that both Remy and his love interest are baby, and they are the purest and most useless gays to ever exist. The chemistry between the two was so existent; I was actually

    at times while they were together. While this novel does have many emotional points, this romance was, most of the time, a light-hearted and wonderful break in between Remy's identity crisis.

    And now, we need to talk about Remy.

    is 100%, without a doubt a character-driven novel. This novel is the epitome of quiet YA, the story is so, so human.

    So, Remy's character is really the driving point of this novel. And I'm so glad that it was.

    Remy is a

    story-teller. He is such a pure and kind soul, and he is truly a

    character. I couldn't help but root for him throughout this novel.

    His character arc is one that is really dedicated to the idea of 'finding yourself.' This novel really seeks to analyze and answer the question of

    Remy was the perfect character to employ that arc, and his journey contained powerful messages, beautiful emotions, and a heartwarming conclusion.

    by Julian Winters is a book that I cannot rave about enough, and it is a must-read for teen readers.

  • Shaun Hutchinson

    10 stars. This book is everything.

  • Adriana

    Julian Winters does it again in this stellar follow-up to

    ! This book made me smile, laugh, ache, and most importantly, think about how we define our place in the world.

    Remy's emotional journey in this story is spurred on by confusion, but ultimately that confusion leads him to question what he believes about himself and to discover his own truth. This story makes powerful statements about intersectionality, agency, and wearing the labels we own as a badge of honor that w

    Julian Winters does it again in this stellar follow-up to

    ! This book made me smile, laugh, ache, and most importantly, think about how we define our place in the world.

    Remy's emotional journey in this story is spurred on by confusion, but ultimately that confusion leads him to question what he believes about himself and to discover his own truth. This story makes powerful statements about intersectionality, agency, and wearing the labels we own as a badge of honor that we define on our own terms.

    And I think, at its heart, it's truly about a wonderful boy who deserves to be loved and known in every sense. There were times when I couldn't put this book down, and I just can't wait for everyone else to experience that feeling!

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    Absolutely fantastic. Longer review to come later.

    Update on 9/25/19:

    is a delightful and insightful book about identity and romance and that push you often get when you're in your late teens to figure out the rest of your life right that second. Julian's first book

    was a delightful, if simplistic, book with an enemies-to-lovers m/m romance that also explored sports and male friendship without toxic masculinity. This sophomore novel truly sho/>How

    Absolutely fantastic. Longer review to come later.

    Update on 9/25/19:

    is a delightful and insightful book about identity and romance and that push you often get when you're in your late teens to figure out the rest of your life right that second. Julian's first book

    was a delightful, if simplistic, book with an enemies-to-lovers m/m romance that also explored sports and male friendship without toxic masculinity. This sophomore novel truly shows how much Julian has already grown as an author.

    The voice is remarkable and earnest, and rings so true as a kid just trying to figure out who he is while also clearly crushing on a guy. There were so many moments where the writing took me off guard with its insightfulness and just with the lovely descriptions. Every single character is fascinating and fully captured, creating this tapestry of diverse teens of today that made my heart glow just a little bit.

    Remy, in particular, is an awkward kid. He's gay, he's black, he's adopted, he has no idea how to describe himself beyond these labels that he worries might define him. He's also a passionate writer, a music lover, a good friend, and a great older brother.

    This is a contemporary that manages, somehow, to fully balance so many aspects of Remy's journey. His crush on a guy is interspersed perfectly, the sort of underlying anxiety about his upcoming essay due date pops up every time you almost forget about it, the balance of different friendships is excellent, and even Remy's family is fully realized and characterized, leaving space for his younger sister and both of his parents to be their own people. And that still isn't everything that this book manages to do.

    It's rare to see an author grow so incredibly much from one book to the next, but with the leaps and bounds of complexity that this added to Julian's previous work I cannot wait to see what he writes next.

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    this was so cute and fun and real, i loved it so much 😭😩❤

    RTC!!

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    3.75 stars

    This book follows Remy, an out and proud gay teen, in his quest to find out who he is. I feel like the question "who am I really?" is something that everybody has asked themselves before, and this can be especially hard to answer when you are a marginalized person and you need to understand how your marginalizations intersect.

    Personally I felt

    3.75 stars

    This book follows Remy, an out and proud gay teen, in his quest to find out who he is. I feel like the question "who am I really?" is something that everybody has asked themselves before, and this can be especially hard to answer when you are a marginalized person and you need to understand how your marginalizations intersect.

    Personally I felt like the writing improved from the author's debut and the book's themes were also stronger. It was still a little awkward at times but I could overlook that in favor of the characters and the themes.

    Overall I feel like this is an important book for all teens and I would highly recommend it if "who am I?" has ever crossed your mind.

    TWs (taken from the end of the book): discussions of racism, homophobia, past minor characters' death, and alcoholism, as well as depictions of homophobic bullying, and a scene involving brief sexual harassment/racial fetishism

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    julian winters, becky albertalli, and adam silvera are all battling to see who can reference harry potter the most in a single book and we're just letting them

    rtc

  • Toni

    A heartfelt, emotional book on authenticity, expectations, and courage to be yourself.

    The protagonist, 17-year-old Remy Cameron, is in his junior year of high school. He would like to go to Emory College, so that he can be closer to his family -his wonderful, supportive parents and his seven year old sister Willow. Remy might look different from his parents and Willow, but he is very much a part of his family. He is also lots of other things: honest and brave (he came out at 14 and i

    A heartfelt, emotional book on authenticity, expectations, and courage to be yourself.

    The protagonist, 17-year-old Remy Cameron, is in his junior year of high school. He would like to go to Emory College, so that he can be closer to his family -his wonderful, supportive parents and his seven year old sister Willow. Remy might look different from his parents and Willow, but he is very much a part of his family. He is also lots of other things: honest and brave (he came out at 14 and is the President of Maplewood school Gay Straight Alliance Club), confident and popular. When his AP Lit teacher, who he really looks up to, sets an essay on the topic of Identity, Remy is torn. He would like to do his best to write a great essay, but he is afraid he might fail, because he doesn't really know what he is.

    This is not a plot-driven book, it is very introspective, despite its light and upbeat tone. The main issue is of course that of labels (you can call them statuses we assign ourselves or get assigned by other people). You can of course see yourself as a family member- Remy's is the firstborn of his family, which comes with privileges and responsibilities. His Dad also chose a University closer to his home, so that he could help his younger brother. Remy is a doting brother. He adores Willow- how can you not? her fashion choices are beyond charming. He also thinks a lot about his parents' marriage, and is probably subconsciously trying to work out a model for his future relationships. Remy's family understand and support him. I loved the scene when he accidentally meets his ex and his mom senses Remy's feelings straightaway and difuses the situation. The fact that he is adopted means he has a whole new set of questions to ask himself.

    Being a friend (best friend, good friend, loyal friend, absent friend)or a student of a particular school is also a label of a kind. Remy's friends are a very diverse group. I must admit I thought that perhaps there were too many secondary characters, but then again, we meet so many people in our lives, some of which are going to stay on the periphery, helping us to define our core group of support.

    Does being black define him? Remy doesn't know anything about his biological parents- not that it has been a problem so far, although we see in the book that he is very much aware of what it means to be one out of the five black students in his school. When Remy meets his biological half-sister, some of his questions get answered. She also tells him that although he needs to know his history, the struggles and the victories, these things do not define who he is. They are just a part of him.

    Although Remy's sexuality is a big part of him, it isn't all. When the school counselor keeps suggesting universities with a strong LGBTQIA presence, Remy knows she isn't even trying to see him as a whole, but only as somebody who can be pigeonholed and fast-tracked to success, defined by other people.

    When we meet Remy, he is already pretty much over the break up of his first serious relationship. As we all know, being in or out of a relationship can also be a powerful label/ status. Some students at his school will only see or recognise him as an ex-boyfriend of another popular student. I really liked the slow-burn romance in this book, and the way the author discusses the importance of consent in a subtle way. It isn't just in Ian's asking 'Can I hold your hand?'- yes, you should be aware that not everybody is comfortable with being touched, and not everybody is comfortable with sharing personal space, to say nothing of taking a relationship to a new level. It is also in Remy's sensitivity towards a friend who might or might not want to join GSA club. He is very careful not to impose his help or support, or make assumptions about people needing them.

    I found Remy's reflections on his coming out very perceptive:

    This is it. You reveal yourself, who you think you are, to people around you. Every day. To people who love and know and support you. To new people. With some of them, it is going to be easy, with others - awkward. Yet another group of people will not accept you or care or even acknowledge that you exist and are a unique human being. You will always remain invisible or pigeonholed to them. We also change as we go through our lives and some of the facets of our identity, personality and experience become more prominent, while others fade away or become a distant history. We reveal ourselves to people around us, this is our right and our privilege to be what we think we are, not what somebody else expects us to be.

    Thank you to Edelweiss and Duet Books for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • anna (readingpeaches)

    Black gay mc, Korean-American gay li

    So many good concepts went into this book. It’s a patchwork of beautiful ideas, a warm & cozy blanket. It’s also made of wool, though, so I can’t touch it for too long.

    Things I absolutely loved include: supportive parents who joke around with their kids and talk them through difficult situations; a gay character whose arc didn’t revolve around coming out; a whole pleiad of gay characters, actually, more or les

    Black gay mc, Korean-American gay li

    So many good concepts went into this book. It’s a patchwork of beautiful ideas, a warm & cozy blanket. It’s also made of wool, though, so I can’t touch it for too long.

    Things I absolutely loved include: supportive parents who joke around with their kids and talk them through difficult situations; a gay character whose arc didn’t revolve around coming out; a whole pleiad of gay characters, actually, more or less secondary, but never stereotypical; that trope I adore and want to see more of where a person doesn’t forgive their parent just because of the (imagined) blood-tie, and more.

    Like I said, all the ideas that this book is build of, are amazing. It’s full of positive energy, of love for the world & for people in it, of joy. It wants to share that joy with you, as you read on.

    It’s just that while I can appreciate all that, I’m not the right kind of person to appreciate the writing itself, I’m afraid. I found it dry and a little bit boring at times, and cringy when it comes to dialogues. And let’s not even mention all those

    references… (I counted nine and I’m not sure if I didn’t miss a few.)

    There were also those two instances of talking about homosexuality as if it’s all about a person’s sex life and the romantic attraction doesn’t play any role in it. I mean, come on! You’re gay even if you don’t have a sex life at all. Let’s not bring the split attraction model into books for teens (or any books, period).

    In the end,

    is a pretty cool book tackling a bunch of important issues in a respectful way. I just wish I could like the style of its prose more.

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  • Emma

    3.25 Stars

    Full review

    This book is an introspective journey that Remy, the main character, embarks on. He's trying to figure out who he really is and what the labels, that have been assigned to him throughout all his life, truly mean. I think it's an important read if the question "who am I" has ever crossed your mind, this book definitely puts things into perspective and make

    3.25 Stars

    Full review

    This book is an introspective journey that Remy, the main character, embarks on. He's trying to figure out who he really is and what the labels, that have been assigned to him throughout all his life, truly mean. I think it's an important read if the question "who am I" has ever crossed your mind, this book definitely puts things into perspective and makes you think, that's for sure.

    I would have liked to see more things happening also outside of Remy's journey of self-discovery, but this is only my personal preference.

    (as seen at the end of the book): discussions of racism, homophobia, past minor characters' death, and alcoholism, as well as depictions of homophobic bullying, and a scene involving brief sexual harassment/racial fetishism

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