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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.
340 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Duet
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Absolutely fantastic. Longer review to come later.

Update on 9/25/19:

How to Be Remy Cameron 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 Running With Lions 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
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Toni
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, ya
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 Presid
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Larry H
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Why didn’t books like How to Be Remy Cameron exist when I was a teenager?

“We have no control over what labels others give us, but we can define who we are by the ones we choose to give ourselves.”

Remy Cameron is a pretty likable guy. He’s a good son (even when his parents get embarrassing), he loves being a big brother, he’s a great friend, and most people admire his courage for coming out at 14.

Remy is a lot of things—he’s a teenager, he’s adopted (he’s African American while his
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Shaun Hutchinson
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
10 stars. This book is everything.
may ➹
the amount of times Remy is h*rny in this...... I can’t do it

2.5 stars
Emma
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.25 Stars

Full review here

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
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anna (½ of readsrainbow)
ARC provided by the publisher.

rep: 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,
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. (not active on this account stop adding me)
3.5 stars


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

content warnings (taken word-for-word from the back of the book): discussions of racism, homophobia, past minor characters' death, and alcoholism & depictions of homophobic bullying, and a scene involving brief sexual harassment/racial fetishism
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kav (xreadingsolacex)
"And don't let others take pride in who you are - your race, sexuality, whatever - away from you. They didn't give it to you; they have no right to snatch it away."


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

How to Be Remy Cameron 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
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faith ✨
You'd think that me, a queer black teen living in Georgia would come to love a book about a queer black teen living in Georgia by a queer black person living in Georgia. Unfortunately, that was not the case. What are the odds.

How to Be Remy Cameron was just a really dry book, to the extent I couldn't remember its title as I was writing the draft for this. Along with what I mentioned at this start of this review, it's about a boy who I guess you would say, is at the height of the teenage struggl
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Silvia
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

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
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Fadwa (Word Wonders)
CW: mention of recreational drug use, underage drinking, talk of depression and alcoholism.

I’ve been excited to read How to Be Remy Cameron since it was announced because of how much I loved Julian’s debut, Running with Lions. He just has such a natural way of crafting characters that feel real, genuine and relatable. And this book didn’t disappoint, not only did it have everything I wanted from it but it also held a few delightful surprises in the folds of its pages.

Remy is the kind of dorky a
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Adri
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julian Winters does it again in this stellar follow-up to Running with Lions! 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 defi
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Linda
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my highlights of the year for many, many reasons. 😭💛 It's sweet and funny, but at the same time really emotional and discusses a lot of important topics. But from the beginning...

1. The characters. I fell head over heels for all the characters, every single one of them is written so clearly and thoughtfully. I loved all of them. Remy, Remys family, his friends, the loveinterest... I even cried over a conversation with the neighbour, because I immediatly cared so much. 😅

2. T
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TJ
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This book mainly consists of the phrase “Essay of Doom”, Remy describing his boners, and teenagers giving each other the middle finger throughout their constant banter. Exploring the identity of a black, gay, adopted teen has tons of potential, but those themes were bogged down by the characters’ overcompensatingly “coolness”. For example, Remy would have pointed out that overcompensatingly is an “SAT word”. He points that out often because it’s one of his many quirks that make him ~witty~ and * ...more
M
THIS IS COMING OUT ON MY BIRTHDAY! WOW! Woooow!
Read August 6th.

Alriiiiighto!!! Review time, friendos. I say, to the no people at all watching out for my reviews!!!

Let's start with: This book gave me intense feelings. it deals with being labelled against one's own wishes. and i'm not talking about misgendering or anything, but like, being forced to acknowledge you're different from people. like, when someone told five year old remy he was "different" because he is "adopted" that hit hard because
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Caleb Roehrig
This book is sweet, funny, romantic, moving, and charming af. Julian Winters is truly giving us everything we need in 2019 HASHTAG BLESSED
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
There are some people who leave our lives and it’s not our job to hold on. To ask, ‘what if,’ even if we want to. We’re supposed to let them leave.


On my blog.

Rep: black gay mc, Korean-American gay li, various other LGB & non-white side characters

Galley provided by publisher

No one is more disappointed by this turn of events than me. I really liked Running with Lions, so was eagerly anticipating this book. It just turned out not to be for me.

How to be Remy Cameron is a coming of age story,
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Enne (they/them)
5 stars

“We have no control over what labels others give us, but we can define who we are by the ones we choose to give ourselves.”


How to Be Remy Cameron was an absolutely delightful read and I really didn't expect anything less from Julian Winters. Winters' sophomore novel follows Remy, a boy who is assigned an essay to write about who he is, which causes him to question everything he thought he knew about himself. (Which sounded like the most relatable thing ever and,,, it was). Remy has be
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Kathy
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic writing, seamlessly weaving between heavier and lighter subjects, with characters I absolutely want to befriend.
❀ wambui ❀
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5

“Hi, my name is Gay and my sexuality is Remy Cameron.”

This book explores labels - how to define yourself despite the labels.
I liked the writing style, I found it easy to flow with. Rio I found annoying, I am still trying to figure out why out of the blue she got angry at Remy. Free was fun though and in my opinion, wise.
Cai
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet coming-of-age story about an openly gay, Black, adopted teenager who’s struggling to define who he is for himself in the face of others’ assumptions. It’s also a romance. In fact, this is one of the few romance plots I’ve seen in YA where A) it’s an interracial romance that doesn’t involve white people, and B) it’s a gay relationship where one of the partners is closeted and the out partner respects and supports them and doesn’t pressure them to come out. It’s almost like...this ...more
Amelia
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow. In his second novel, Julian Winters paints a beautiful and necessary picture of what it means to be yourself and how we define who we are in a world that is determined to label you. While I loved Running With Lions beyond all words, I found that How to Be Remy Cameron was somehow even better. Remy Cameron is a gay, black, adopted student in high school who experiences a crisis when his AP Literature teacher gives his class an assignment: to write about who they are. Not only is this book be ...more
Theresa
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
It's this secret that's all yours for so long. Then you suddenly have to share it for whatever reason and hope people are okay with it, or not. You suddeny have to prepare for the good, the bad, and the zombie apocalypse. Coming out is freeing. It's terrifying. It's monumental and amazing and draining. But it's yours.


Loved the message the book sends as well as the main plot line! But the writing style really wasnt for me and some parts were really cringy imo. And at times there were too many
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Kristel
So cute and adorable, it explores important topics while staying fluffy and unputdownable.
The perfect book to start the new year.
R
Jul 07, 2020 added it
Currently trying to figure out how to put my thoughts into words but know that I loved this book!
ikram
Read full review on my blog here!

TRIGGER WARNING:
- Discussions of racism
- Homophobia
- Past minor characters’ death
- Alcoholism
- Bullying
- Racial fetishism


How to be Remy Cameron is an emotional, heartwarming book about figuring yourself out. This book is about rebelling against all labels that people put you into. This is a book everyone need to read; not just senior high school students who are trying to figure themselves out after graduate.

How to be Remy Cameron follows Remy’s journey of self-d
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Chase Connor
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply put, I really loved this book. The themes of finding out where one belongs in the world--especially as a child adopted into a family of a different race--and learning that defining oneself is a life long journey really resonated with me. On these two things, I think the author was perfect.

Additionally, I felt that Winters handled the discussions of being other (race/ethnicity and sexuality) with aplomb. He also perfectly captured what it's like to be a teenage boy, learning about one's s
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sol
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 🌟————————————-
let’s just be frank
this was super gay
and I loved it

So, what’s this book about?
Remy Cameron is struggling with his identity. Adopted, Black and Gay are some labels that define parts of him but he is struggling to truly understand who he is.

My Thoughts
This book was enjoyable. It was a fast paced easy contemporary to read The writing style was very accessible and simple.

It was fun and I had a great time
🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
sol
Jun 14, 2019 added it
that cover is STUNNING

update: GUESS WHO GOT APPROVED FOR AN ARC??


ME MOTHERF**KERS

YEEEHAAAAA
LETS GET THIS GAY BREAD
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