Friday, April 11, 2014

Review: Great By: Sara Benincasa

GreatGreat by Sara Benincasa
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Naomi Rye plays "Carraway" character in an updated retelling of the tale of The Great Gatsby. Sent for the summer to her mother's in the Hamptons, she rekindles her acquaintances with the likes of the whose who of the trust fund generation. The mysterious newcomer that has rented the property next door, is the famous fashion blogger Jacinta Trimalchio, who has a past, dark and secret and links to the people that she covers.

I love F Scott Fitzgerald and I love The Great Gatsby, I thought I would give this book a try and found - something, well, okay. It might appeal to to an eighth grader, but I would think it was glorified fanfiction that one could find on Wattpad. The plot virtually stolen from Fitzgerald brick by brick, updated by blogs, technology, girl crushes. Why mess with a good thing, be inspired, make your own road - unfortunately, you won't find it here. The redeeming quality is that it might get a generation to pick pick up the real thing and enjoy the true work of a great writer, Fitzgerald.

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