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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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Update

Hey guys! I am so sorry for the appalling lack of reviews lately! I’ve been so busy for the past week getting ready for exams, which start Friday for me. It has been crazy, but if you are friends with me on Goodreads you will have noticed I have been going through about a book a day! Not much different than before, except that I haven’t been keeping up with reviews and these are all books I want to review! So many good books! The point is, I’ll be very very exhausted until June 6th, the day of my last exam, and probably won’t be able to do any reviews for at least a week! I hate this, my friends. And I know by the time I get to reviewing these books I’ll have doubled the number! That is quite the mountain to climb, let me tell you. I’ve decided to narrow a few of these down. As always I would love to hear your thoughts! Some of these I refuse to sacrifice on (i.e. The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Great Gatsby) and are going to get full, thorough reviews. Others, well, I’m going to have to make concessions somewhere (either by not reviewing or making lots of mini-reviews, both of which stink) It is finally time for you to get an actual active role in what I review! Below are the books I haven’t reviewed yet. Some of which I would like you to post a comment telling me which book you would rather see reviewed. Thanks!

These are the two I am positive I am reviewing individually!

I know it will be tough, but I can’t decide! Keep in mind that each of these will be reviewed at some point, you are just choosing the book which you prefer to have a full length review of!

I hope I get a little bit of response, but if I don’t I’ll choose randomly! Once again, I’m sorry for my lack of posts lately and I’ll do as many reviews as I can during exams!

I appreciate your input 🙂

Olivia

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Library Awesomeness Haul- No. 6!

Wow! Number 6 already! I can’t believe it… but anyway, I have just a few books today, but I am VERY super excited about all of these.

Half the book blogger world seems to worship this book, but I haven’t read it yet! And the awesome trailer of the new movie (directed by Baz Luhrman with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the part of Gatsby. You can view it here) came out last week and totally blew my mind. And what better time than the present to read this book? Also, my aunt Alice (same Alice as The First Page Rule aunt Alice, if you remember that far back) adores this book, and she has great taste. 😉

This is the sequel to Birthmarked, which I reviewed here and absolutely loved. Can’t wait to read it!

A book about sisters who love books. Word.

Another Goodreads recommendation! This one is about a girl who wakes up from a mysterious car accident (why is it always a car accident?!) that killed her friends but left her unhurt. There is more to the ‘car accident’ than that. Oh, and she falls in love. Hopefully this is different from the hordes of YA conspiracy theory books. Who knows, I’m trying to be optimistic!

I have read the Kindle sample of this (i.e.- the first 2 chapters or so) so I am already mega hooked! This is about a girl who moves to London for a year of high school. When she arrives, she finds out that there is a serial killer on the loose, whose killings strangely match the methods and places of Jack the Ripper’s. This is a genius idea for a book, and so far I am impressed with the writing style and plot!

I finished The Picture of Dorian Gray last night *mega creepy book alert!* and I’m reviewing it soon!:)

Olivia

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