Parman Teen Book Review: “The Great Gatsby”

great gatsbyI have just finished reading this novel in English, and it is definitely one of the best works I have read in school. The Great Gatsby is a tragedy that tells the story of a man named Jay Gatsby who is at first mysterious and admirably; girls swoon over him, guys and girls alike look forward to his extravagant weekend parties, and our narrator, Nick Carraway, admires him deeply. However, as the story unfolds, readers soon find out that Gatsby is not at all the man we thought he was, and that he surrounds himself with lies to recapture the love of his former girlfriend, Daisy Buchanan. The novel contains many despicable characters, including Gatsby; however, I felt sympathetic towards Gatsby by the end of the novel (so did Nick Carraway), because although he was a desperately dishonest man, the poor guy was innocently unable to face reality. The diction in the novel is beautiful. My favorite part of the entire story was definitely the last several pages, where Fitzgerald does a phenomenal job at connecting every symbol, color, and minute detail together, or as he concludes, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past.” These are by far my favorite closing lines of all time because they are a perfect combination of denial, fear, and truth. Overall, this is a really fantastic novel, and I encourage every teen to read it!              Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC

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