Sunday, December 27, 2015

Teen review: A classic

Editor's note: We don't usually feature books on this blog that teens are required to read for school, because we want this to be about books you read for fun! But "Anonymous, grade 12" swears that he picked up this book on his own, and he was quite enthusiastic about it, so we are publishing his review. Maybe it will inspire enjoyment in some of you who have to read it!

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is an American classic fiction novel at the high school reading level. This 193-page book dates back to the Roaring '20s, and follows the life of bonds salesman Nick Carraway. He decides to visit his cousin Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom Buchanan. He later meets Jay Gatsby, a self-made billionaire and World War I veteran who happens to be his next-door neighbor. Gatsby is known for throwing crazy parties at his mansion, to which he invites thousands of people, to a point where it can be compared to a bunch of kids running around at a fair. As Nick begins to know Gatsby, he begins to be exposed to the lush lifestyle of the rich and the stories of Gatsby. Nick falls in love with the way Gatsby lives and his views on life. He finds out that Gatsby and Daisy have been together before, and suggests to Gatsby that they get back together since Tom is already cheating on Daisy. Once they meet, their love for each other is reignited. The plot starts to thicken once Tom finds out about this affair. It leads to people yelling, arguing, and soon enough to a fight.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this book because of the time period. Everybody who can afford it is having a good time and not worrying about anything. Nick is a very modest man who actually realizes the corruption in the lifestyle and is smart enough to get out of it. What I don’t like about this book are some of the characters like the Buchanans. They’re a reckless couple who, once they screw things up, just move away as far as possible from the situation. The thing about the rich people and especially Daisy is that they like all the nice things and think their lives are nothing without them. It mainly brought out feelings of happiness whenever I read this because of what Gatsby thought of Daisy and how he is so deeply in love with her. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 because reading this was such a great experience breaking down the book and finding the little details in it. I would recommend this book to all my friends because it’s definitely something that you can’t go without reading.

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