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The Great Gatenby

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  244 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
"Australia's king of young adult fiction" The Australian

"A very funny, very Australian book" West Australian

Maybe deep down every kid knows his parents want him to be the Pride of the School, the Captain of Cricket and Tennis and Rowing and Darts and Knitting and anything else that's going down.

They don't want to know about the fact that you've had more detentions than any
Paperback, 155 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Pan Australia (first published December 31st 1989)
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Found on bookshelf in a hostel in Australia where pickings were Slim. Had to read til nearly the last page to confirm that yes, the title similarity to the much more famous book is totally intentional, if kind of random (a half-hearted marketing attempt?).

I always enjoy reading boarding school fiction, whatever decade. Semi-reminiscent of The Lawrenceville Stories in its schoolkid hijinx, but set in the '80s this time and with some teen sexual awakening. Especially fun to read a quick novel set
This was my first John Marsden book ever and I must have loved it because I couldn't get enough of his books afterwards. Funny thing is the only thing I can remeber about this book was them falling through a roof oh and the fact that when I got it off the shelves at the school library one of my male classmates told me I probably shouldn't borrow it as it wasn't really suitable for me.
The fact that, that is all I can remeber probably really isn't a recomendation for the book considering Letters
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Feb 27, 2012 Kindred Spirit rated it liked it
I liked this book more than I expected to. John Marsden was my favourite author until I was about 15, so I've read a lot of his books - just not many of his ones with male protagonists. It took me a while to adjust to Erle's style of narration, but once I did I found it intriguing and I grew quite attached to Erle.

Which started to pose a problem later in the book. Like I said, I've read a lot of Marsden's books, so I know what happens! I know how happy endings sometimes allude the main character
Nov 01, 2014 Miffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can clearly remember reading this book and thinking it was funny. There's a scene with a window (I think) where I laughed out loud. But other than the fact that it is set in a school boarding house, and the main character's name is Gatenby, I recall nothing else. Getting old.
This is one of the books in the school's literature circle collection. Pretty dated now, especially the language used and references the main character makes. Slightly humorous, light on plot, a fairly detailed first sexual encounter.
Rosemary Reilly
So I reread this, remembering how much I liked it when I was about 12/13/14 years old. Sadly I was kind of underwhelmed, I had better memories of it. But perspective, age, blah blah blah. In summary; it's like a less complex, slightly younger/less serious, Australian Looking For Alaska.
Oct 10, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great teenage boy story. Was teaching at a boys' school when I read this so there were plenty of character types like this around! Very funny and highly enjoyable.
Oct 18, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read this last night, after first having read it about fifteen eyars ago. Still made me laugh. I think one of Marsden's finest examples of his work.
Nov 19, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite John Marsden book, most of his others are very serious but this is just silly and funny. It makes me laugh so much.
Apr 23, 2012 Shannon rated it it was ok
Wasn't a very good book. I was disappointed.
Jul 28, 2008 Kezia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fantastic book.
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