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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Scribner, 1925
Audience: Older Teens

Source: My Own Bookshelf

I'm not including a synopsis for this one because it's just one spoiler after another.

I first read this book as a junior in high school. I loved it. It was one of the best required reading books EVER.

Here is what I remembered from the book before I sat down to re-read it:

1. The eyes in the advertisement are God's.
2. The green light is Daisy.

That's it. Seriously.

Those were probably two questions on the test that I got wrong.

I forgot how dramatic and juicy and soap operatic everything was, and I remembered why I liked this story so much as a high school student. Things sour at the end, but it starts off as a love story. Yes, a majority of the characters are shallow, but they have interesting lives. They come from money and think that they are entitled to do whatever they want and not deal with the consequences. Everything is so messed up and everyone's lives are intertwined, and it doesn't end well for them, but it makes for an interesting story.

Check it out before you see the movie!