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Great Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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I've always believed that one should never be wholly positive or negative when it comes to a review of a piece of writing. Here's something positive to start out with: the book is a true, close homage to the source. Benincasa did a great job of following the Gatsby plot and carrying it out to the end (even though I personally had some doubt about the Gatsby figure's story in this tale - I never doubted what Jay did for Daisy in the original). The idea to set the story in the Hamptons and use rich teenagers is pretty fantastic as well. The setting was portrayed very nicely.
As for what I did not like:
1) too much product placement (did Marc Jacobs fund this novel?)
2) too many pop culture references that absolutely will not age well - the author references CLUELESS, which is from 1995. It's from before most of the characters in this novel were born. Furthermore, while GOSSIP GIRL just ended in 2012 and was clearly an influence for Benincasa, it remains to be seen whether or not it will survive as a reference point for teenagers in years to come.Read more ›
Confession: I disliked the narrator, though I liked her hometown friend, Skags, who's beginning a romance of her own with one of popular girls she and Naomi have always mocked.Read more ›
The Great Gatsby is one of my all-time favorite stories and this book tremendously ties in the great novel while still keeping you guessing.
I really enjoyed the gender reversal of main characters since the original is male dominated and the character of Daisy was not a strong female character. That being said, I really like Naomi on her own, to me, she is somewhat reminiscent of some female pop culture characters that I enjoy, young women like Veronica Mars and Buffy. What I did not like was that her seduction by her rich companions, including Jacinta seemed to be sudden and without explanation. She had been visiting her mother for years with no interest in developing the relationships and it was not clear what the mystique was around Jacinta.
I also disagree with a previous reviewer that Benincasa made the story her own. It followed VERY closely to the original. It was not a reinterpretation. I personally enjoyed that, but this story was a cover band that has no experience writing music. They perform well, you love the new voice, but it is still the same song.
Overall, it was a good read. I would recommend it to someone else.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent retelling of The Great Gatsby. Would love to seed this version made into a movie. I will definitely be reading more by Ms. Benincasa.Published 4 months ago by LBryant71
LOVE. The essence of the story line may have had connections to Gatsby (a personal favorite of mine) but the lense, language, and perspective are so unique and special to this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Buterbaugh
I love the original The Great Gatsby so I was interested in this book. This book takes a modern-day twist on an old classic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by G. Hearn
I am not a Great Gatsy fan to begin with, but it IS a classic piece of fiction. I thought the synopsis for this story was interesting enough to read the book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Southern Mississippi
I had a hard time getting into this one. It seems like a really great concept and many of the characters were a lot of fun, but things just didn't flow from one place to another... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jasmyn9
If you think you'd enjoy the mood and setting of The Great Gatsby totally reenacted by teenagers, you have come to the right place. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Arena
It is absolutely fascinating sometimes to read stories infused with heavy drama and intense emotions, enveloped by a heady debate about the reality of it all. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
I'll be honest, I read the Great Gatsby, but I barely remember a word of it....it was 25 years ago and I didn't like it or I would have have come back to it as an adult. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dogs & Horses