Book Review- The Great Gatsby

I read this book about a week ago, and for several reasons.

1. I’m going to read it for school in a little bit, and I like to have read the books before we analyze them in class. It gives me a chance to get used to the language and form and opinion!

2. My fabulous Aunt Alice (depending on how long you’ve been a reader, you may recognize her. She’s awesome.) is probably the worlds biggest fan of this book. She has great taste in books and I have always enjoyed her suggestions! While I was talking to her about the possibility of me reading this, she assured me I would love it and read it many times! How could I resist?

3. I seemed to be the only book blogger who has not read this yet. I hate to feel obligated, but I do believe that the classics laid the foundations for good modern literature and should be read just as often (if not more often) than modern books.

A very convincing case.

Right around now I would usually give a summary of this book. But even though I am trying as hard as I can, I can’t do it justice. The plot is the most twisted it can be without having a significant event in it. All I can come up with is that it is about a man who moves to New York. His neighbor is Jay Gatsby. Many things follow that, if slowed down and filled with poorly paid, terrible actors, could resemble a soap opera. But this book is about so much more than a man who moves! It is about love, a mysterious pair of eyes that watch over a town, and human nature. How can all of this fit in such a little book?

To be honest, when I was first reading this book (chapter 1 or so) I was very, very confused. The book changes up the chapters quite frequently, talking as looking back on that period of time, to first person in that time at the moment. It took several chapters for me to get a grip on who the narrator was! I think this was my only problem with it…. the beginning is confusing. All that follows is pure genius! I was captured by the language and the fascinating time period. It was interesting to watch relationships change and make the connections that were supposed to be made. By the end, it all fit together unbelievably well! It felt well organized, yet totally unpredictable! I felt my jaw falling farther towards the floor with every juicy detail, and found myself saying things like:

“She did WHAT?!”

and

“But what does that mean?”

and

“Awwww!”

The length of this book is totally do-able for the average Joe! I don’t remember exactly, but it wasn’t more than 200 pages. I read very fast, it only took me about a day of on and off reading. It was almost a little too short for me! I do go through books at the speed of light, but I didn’t want this to end.

I re-watched the new movie trailer after I finished the book. I can’t imagine anyone but Leonardo DiCaprio being cast as Gatsby! He is perfect! I noticed things in it I didn’t see the first time, too. Like the yellow car! If you’ve read the book, you’ll know why that gave me goosebumps. I can’t wait to see it, and I anticipate going to the midnight premiere!!

This book is on my Favorite’s list now, and is a must-read for everyone! I wouldn’t put an age limit on this, but I recommend it most to those in high school or older. No strongly inappropriate content, but this book takes a certain amount of maturity and interest to read some people (heck, even some adults!) lack.

Hope everyone is enjoying their week!:D

Olivia

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12 responses to “Book Review- The Great Gatsby

  1. mollyspring

    I am going to have to reread this before the movie comes out. I haven’t read it since high school! Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. A wonderful story, and a wonderful review, Olivia. I read this book in high school, saw the original movie with Robert Redford, and am excitedly awaiting its premiere with Mr. Leo Dicaprio! I might have to read this again. You’ve enticed me!

    Blessings,
    ~ C

  3. I’m actually not sure Leonardo will be a good Gatsby. I always pictured Tom as the muscular big guy and Gatsby as a little scrawny but really persuasive and with an excellent voice, and I don’t think Leonardo really fits the bill.
    But then, I guess we all imagine characters differently

    • I think Leonardo would be good because he is the way I saw Gatsby when I was reading the book! While I was reading, I thought a lot about how his voice seemed smooth and sexy…. to me Leonardo DiCaprio embodies that.

  4. Alice

    Well aren’t you just the most amazing niece?!! How very kind of you to say such lovely things. I am thrilled that you are now a Gadsby fan. Agreed; it’s a tough novel. There’s a heck of a lot going on, and it take multiple reads to get even close…at least for me. You’ll probably read it again in college. I think it was required reading multiple times for me along the way. At some point, it became my ‘go to’ book when I needed to write an essay. Ahhhh…so long ago. Glad you liked it. Great blog. Thanks for sending the link.

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