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How to Be Remy Cameron

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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.
Shaun Hutchinson
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
10 stars. This book is everything.
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
anna (readingpeaches)
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
⚔ Silvia ⚓
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 im
mahana (moved accounts. i’m not active 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


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
kav (xreadingsolacex)
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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 who he i
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
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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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
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic writing, seamlessly weaving between heavier and lighter subjects, with characters I absolutely want to befriend.
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
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
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,
Jun 14, 2019 added it
that cover is STUNNING



Having loved Running With Lions, Julian Winters' debut novel, How to Be Remy Cameron was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. So I was HYPED when I was approved to review an eARC of this novel through Netgalley.

My fate in life, it seems, is to read Julian Winters' books in one sitting, and I'm okay with that. They're just perfect books to read on a rainy (or sunny, because when isn't a great time to read) Saturday afternoon.

Because Remy is different from his peers in a lot of ways, h
Feb 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: coming-soon-19
I really, really enjoyed Running With Lions (it was like The Foxhole Court but with Good queer rep), and also love Julian Winters' writing style and sense of humor, so hopefully, this book will live up to my expectations.
Samantha (WLABB)
Remy began suffering from an identity crisis following an AP Lit assignment. The assignment plus the emergence of a piece of his past plus a new love interest had Remy tied up in knots, but with the support of his family and friends, he came out on the other side a bit wiser and with some clarity.

Let's just get this out of the way - I LOVED Remy! Maybe it was his penchant for putting together the perfect outfit, or how much affection had for his little sister. It could have been the devotion he
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really 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
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reads-of-2019, arcs
review to come when I have words to describe this perfect, precious novel
Flora ❀
Jun 15, 2019 marked it as wish-list
me *crawling out of the abyss* did i hear that right??? ... a new julian winters book ??
Megan Manzano
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that is going to help so many teens as it dives deep into labels, defining yourself, and understanding that blood doesn't always mean family. Remy is a full hearted narrator that lets us into his life and experiences and leaves you wanting to protect him no matter what.

There's so much discussed in this book - adoption, being gay, being black, being a sibling, being a best friend - that anyone can find a piece of themselves here.

Julian has easily written a book that will grab your
May 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
"... labels that people have attached to him."

I have the feeling this book will be a must in this world made of "labels".
Eliza Rapsodia
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Edelweiss for the advanced copy!

After the intensity of There Will Come a Darkness, the powerful sweetness of How to Be Remy Cameron was just what I needed. It was the right book at the right time. Reading it felt almost natural, and even though it follows the simple premise of a high-school junior tackling a pesky essay, it dives into challenging depths.

Indeed, this book isn’t afraid to discuss important and heavy topics such as adoption, race, sexuality, and the big unknown future. T
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The publisher, Interlude Press, kindly offered me an advanced reader copy (ARC) of How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters via NetGalley. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my humble opinion.

How to Be Remy Cameron is a modern classic that should be at every school library. In fact, it should be included in the curriculum. Just thinking how many teens this book will heal and soothe makes me cry.

The author manages to weave nuances regarding race, sexuality, and identity effortl
Kevs Negrón
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come:..
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Joyfully Jay review

Before being assigned an essay that asked the question: “Who am I?” (aka The Essay of Doom), Rembrandt “Remy” Cameron thought he had himself all figured out. He considered himself a pretty chill guy, with great taste in fashion and indie music, and with a kick-ass family, an awesome dog, two amazing BFFs, and a pretty cool group of friends. He is also, unfortunately, a guy dealing with the pain of a break-up and wise enough to swear off boys and focus on himself. However, al
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I noticed when I opened this book was the pages upon pages of praise from every author that has written a bestseller about gay teenagers. I was not prepared for such a hype when I had never seen this cover before. I’m telling you that just to justify my early assumptions. If I could time travel and meet the person I was when I was starting this book I would slap her and tell her to be respectful because I was in the presence of greatness.

Initially, the story reminded me of a bad
Quionna (theblacklitqueen)
TW: homophobic comments, stereotyping, sexual assault, fetishism

"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"

Ahhhhh! Julian Winters has done it again. He's easily becoming one of my favorite authors. This isn't necessarily a big "plot-based" book like "Running for Lions" but his loveable, memorable, relatable and passionate characters and the inspiring writing really makes up for that. It's more about a teenager discov
Carrie G
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
***I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of this book.***

Oops! I did it again! I read a coming-of-age book when I know I don’t really like that kind of book. To be clear, it is rarely, if ever, the author’s fault. I just need a book with much more tension and conflict in it – conflict beyond “how am I going to write this essay about who I am?!?”

BUT… that being said, this book had some things about it that I really liked/appreciated. First and foremost is the pos
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