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Chris Bellows is just trying to get through high school and survive being the only stepchild in the social-climbing Fontaine family, whose recently diminished fortune hasn’t dimmed their desire to mingle with Upper East Side society. Chris sometimes feels more like a maid than part of the family. But when Chris’s stepsister Kimberly begins dating golden boy J. J. Kennerly, heir to a political dynasty, everything changes. Because Chris and J. J. fall in love . . . with each other.
With the help of a new friend, Coco Chanel Jones, Chris learns to be comfortable in his own skin, let himself fall in love and be loved, and discovers that maybe he was wrong about his step-family all along. All it takes is one fairy godmother dressed as Diana Ross to change the course of his life.
My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen is a Cinderella retelling for the modern reader. The novel expertly balances issues like sexuality, family and financial troubles, and self-discovery with more lighthearted moments like how one rogue shoe can launch a secret, whirlwind romance and a chance meeting with a drag queen can spark magic and light in a once dark reality.
In a contemporary gay riff on Cinderella, 17-year-old Manhattanite Chris Bellows attends a high-society ball with the help of a drag queen, Ms. Coco Chanel Jones. Soon after, Chris begins a secret romance with a young political hopeful, J.J. Kennerly, even though J.J. is dating Chris's stepsister Kimberly. First-time novelist Clawson touches on topics of class, sexuality, and politics, but the story's pacing and characterizations leave much to be desired. Chris and J.J.'s romance is kept so hidden that their chemistry is nearly nonexistent, and while Chris's complicated relationship with his stepfamily could be discussion worthy, the secondary characters are largely one-dimensional. Chris's relationship with Coco is more interesting, but the language surrounding their interactions reads as stereotypical and off-putting (Chris's first impression of Coco when she's not in drag is of a "slightly thuggish-looking black guy in oversized hip-hop clothes... dressed in a way that would have made me wonder if I was being racist or just reasonably cautious if I tried to avoid crossing his path too closely"), even if it's intended to reflect Chris's naivet . Ages 14 up.