Book Review: The Great Gatsby

Apparently, The Great Gatsby was one of those books that everyone read in high school. Well, everyone except me that is. At my high school, The Great Gatsby was one of the books assigned to the Honors English classes, which I was most certainly not in. And to be honest, it never bothered me that I hadn’t read the book…until all the movie hype began. Every trailer I saw made the movie looks so amazing that I knew it would be something I would want to see, but I’m a big believer in reading the book before seeing it in movie form, so I decided to rustle up a Gatsby book and get to reading.

The Great Gatsby is one of those classic, American books, written in 1925 by author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story revolves around a group of people who live in the fictional town of West Egg in Long Island, NY in the early 1920s. Told from the perspective of Gatsby’s neighbor, Nick Carraway, the book focuses on his introduction to the mysterious Jay Gatsby, and his welome into Gatsby’s world of decadent parties, alluring tales, endless mystery. The story gets pretty intricate, but I don’t want to give too much away for those other stragglers that have yet to read the book or seen the movie.

The Great Gatsby is an extremely short read, but I can totally see why the book became required reading in high school curriculums across America (a funny thing considering that it was initially received poorly when first published)  – it provides a unique take on the Jazz Age, focusing on themes like extreme decadence, mystery, idealism and social upheaval.

The Great Gatsby

When I began seeing previews for The Great Gatsby movie, I was determined to read the book quickly so that I could get my butt into the theater with the rest of the Great Gatsby lovers. I wanted to be part of the bandwagon and understand what all the drama was about. And once I read the book, I totally did understand what the drama was about – Gatsby is an incredibly unique character, and one that definitely creates a lot of intrigue for readers (I couldn’t wait to see his story put into visual). Sadly, despite my excitement, it’s been nearly a month since the movie arrived in theaters and I still haven’t seen it! I can’t help it – I got busy…too busy for movies. Now that I have time, theaters are already starting to phase the movie out because of the huge amount of summer blockbusters (seriously, WHO GOES TO SEE A MOVIE AT 10 PM?!). Don’t worry, the movie will NOT leave theaters without me seeing it. I’ll make it happen.

One thing I know: the movie soundtrack is killer. If you’re like me and still haven’t seen the movie (or even if you have), you should totally take some time to listen to the music – it will make you feel like dancing and wish you lived in 1922. Take a listen to the song “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock for a quick taste of what the soundtrack is like, or just go crazy and download the whole thing from iTunes.

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