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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,388 ratings  ·  363 reviews
In Sara Benincasa's contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle, only to be implicated in a tragedy that shakes the summer community.

Everyone loves a good scandal.

Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother in East Hampton. This year is no different. She sticks out like a s
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Hardcover, 263 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
To be honest, Great...wasn't. If you loved The Great Gatsby, you're going to hate this book. If you hated The Great Gatsby, you're going to hate this book. If you have no idea what The Great Gatsby is, you're probably going to hate this book, too, because it's about a bunch of spoiled brat "summering" in the East Hamptons. And absolutely nothing happens in in it.

But if you read The Great Gatsby, you might have already predicted that.



The teens in this book are fucking dumb. At least the character
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
I've read The Great Gatsby quite a few times, so I'm coming at this knowing a lot about the source material. Because of that, this review is kind of different, and I'm breaking it down to the good, in-between, and not-so-good parts of this novel.


The Good: 

The writing, the setting, the mood: All of these things felt so much like the feeling of The Great Gatsby. The lavish parties. The lustre of the Hamptons, always with a dark current of tension and not quite right-ness. Benincasa nailed the
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Meg
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
How you feel about Great is going to depend heavily on how you feel about The Great Gatsby. If you dislike the original, this is unlikely to change your mind. If you haven’t read the original, I can’t really help you because it’s impossible for me to separate this book from the source material, so I’m going to go with it’s a good story, you should check it out. If you love the original (the camp I hail from) then Great is pretty damn great.

Cuddlebuggery.
(I had to and I'm not sorry)

Read the full review on Cud
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BookChic Club
Jul 10, 2013 marked it as to-read
Sounds good. But what is up with the low reviews/ratings already? Some Russian guy and then one with no review? WTF? Half-tempted to just do a 5 star now to make the overall rating better.
Dahlia
I went into this book without any specific expectations, and ended up enjoying it quite a bit. I do think its strength is in its execution as a retelling rather than its own story, and I'm not sure I'd recommend it to someone who isn't familiar with the source material. That said, having read THE GREAT GATSBY several times, I thought Benincasa did a clever and compelling job bringing it into the modern age, and I particularly loved that only some of the characters were gender-swapped, turning th ...more
Journey
so it wasn't bad, but it also wasn't.... great. i feel like this is a decent ya retelling of gatsby, and i liked jacinta. however, two main problems for me (these aren't really spoilers if you're familiar with gatsby and can draw some conclusions about what happens, but just in case): (view spoiler) ...more
Debbie Narh
As a person who's read the Great Gatsby just a fee months ago, I honestly didn't have very high hopes for this one. Its not that I completely hated that novel but it just didn't wow me. This one did nothing but make me want to take a long ass nap. think about the worst teenagers you can. think about them partying and getting made at each other. that is all this book is. there's not hing deep about it, there's nothing even remotely moving and its all told in the most boring way (fucking info-dump ...more
hayden
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More excited for this than I thought possible.

You guys,

THIS IS INSPIRED BY THE GREAT GATSBY.

I will read this.
Giselle
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Naomi Rye has a famous baker mother and when she ends up spending her summer vacation in East Hampton with the rest of the wealthy affluent children, she realizes that a wealthy lifestyle truly doesn’t make a great person.

This is a wonderful retelling of one of my favourite classic books The Great Gatsby with a modern and LGBT twist. I really
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Katherine
“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.” - The Great Gatsby

I’m so glad F. Scott Fitzgerald isn’t around to read this, because I don’t think he’d like it one little bit. When an author retells a classic, particularly a classic I love and cherish, I’m going to be hard on it. And unfortunately, this book was far from the bees knees.

It's an annual tradition for Naomi Rye; every summer she is forced to spend
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Juhina
Jul 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-review, edelweiss
I don't know how to start with this book because I seriously have no feelings towards it. Great was such a weird book.. with the way the story progressed and the actual plot line. It is only 270 pages and almost 200 of those pages felt like a total filler for me. I was waiting for the actual point of the novel but I only really got there towards the end of the book when all hell and psychos broke loose. They are saying Great is a retelling of The Great Gatsby.. I was initially interested in chec ...more
Jolene
I expected to be very annoyed by this retelling of The Great Gatsby, but I found it quite charming. I think the characterization--especially of Delilah (Daisy) and Jeff (Jordan)--could actually be clarifying for a high school student reading Gatsby.

The main flaw is that some of the narrator's voice a bit tryhard, which pulls you out from the story, but the parallels to Gatsby's plot and Fitzgerald's writing style are subtle enough to surprise--and delight--you. I looked forward to finding them.
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Jenni Arndt
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-ebook
What a weird book this was. I have to be honest and preface everything I am about to say by letting you know that I have never read The Great Gatsby. I know nothing of what it is about, all I know is that Leonardo DiCaprio recently starred in a movie version about it that I have not seen. Naturally I won’t be able to compare GREAT to the source material at all but I can talk about the book for what it is. So what was it? Well, it was a contemporary tale about richie rich Hamptons kids who use “s ...more
Krys

Great is a 2014 Young Adult release by Sara Benincasa. It is a contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. While I am far from an ardent fan of the original story I was curious to see what could be done with it in a modern setting. I’m very pleased with this adaptation. It was a fantastic one-sitting read.

17-year-old Naomi Rye is the daughter of a baked goods mogul Anne Rye(!). Normally she lives with her father in Chicago but she is spending her summer with her mother in
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Molly
Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this. I'm writing this honest review to say thank you!

DISCLAIMER. I have not seen or read The Great Gatsby in any form so don't hate me or think I'm lame or ~uneducated~ or whatever. It was just never something that was forced upon me in school and never something that I felt the need to read on my own. THAT SAID I cannot compare this to the original so I have NO IDEA how it holds up as a remake. This review will be about th
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Stellan
May 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Started out really enjoying this one - loved that Benincasa included homages to Fitzgerald such as starting the novel with advice from the narrator's father and of course the use of the name Trimalchio. In terms of characters, Teddy especially stood out to me as EXACTLY what Tom Buchanan would be like as a contemporary, douchebag teen boy. Jacinta and Delilah, on the other hand, nowhere near captivated me as much as they are intended to - at least, to the extent that they represent Daisy and Gat ...more
Jen Ryland
It takes guts to do a retelling of a book that just about defines "Great American novel." While Great does have its strengths -- the gender-switching of many of the characters and the LGBT romance -- I'm one of those people who adores The Great Gatsby. For me, teen angst can never replace the exquisite blend of hope, melancholy and despair that runs through the original story.

I always like checking out choices made in a retelling. At first, I was worried about things like Nick Carraway becoming
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Meghan
Unapologetic Kickstarter Promoting: Get Sara on tour for this book to a city near you! Her kickstarter is here and you should donate a billion dollars to it. Or 5. Try 5 first and see how it feels. This tour is SO gay!

Sara's retelling of The Great Gatsby achieves in its faithfulness to the original source material, while making it her own—in many ways, it's a commentary on Fitzgerald's work, on why we are all cheering for Jay Gatsby/Jacinta Trimalchio (which, by the way, very nice name choice—T
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Erica Alyson
It was okay it wasn't great.. I knew it was a story about Great Gatsby but it really was a retelling with a little modern twist. It wasn't enough for me. It is hard to redo a classic, and I may be picky because that is one of my favorite books, but I wish it didn't stick so much to the story line and became more of its own book.

There was no air of mystery or suspense because you know what is going to happen. I didn't find much symbolism like I did in the first book.

I don't want to compare them
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Andrew Shaffer
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great.
.Louise.☽
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt, young-adult
My Review available here: https://alittlefoolreads.wordpress.co...
Alexa
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
FIRST THOUGHTS:

You know that terrible things will happen, but you just cannot turn away. Great twist on The Great Gatsby.

REVIEW:

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. Great, a contemporary YA retelling of The Great Gatsby, delivered on all three fronts. I was riveted to the page, even though I knew what was bound to happen by the end of the novel. Sara Benincasa has succeeded
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Jennifer
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Folks, this right here is how you re-tell great literature.

My favorite classic that I ever read was the Great Gatsby. Admittedly the last time I read it was in high school, which was a long time ago, and the specific details escape me now, but the general tone of the novel stuck with me. Sara Benincasa did a fabulous job drawing great parallels between the classic novel and her re-telling of Great Gatsby.

Naomi has been sent to the Hamptons to “summer” once more with her mother, who is on the cus
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Collin
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Even as I was reading the last few pages, I struggled with how I was going to rate this book. As I do ratings, it wasn't quite bad enough for the "ugh" factor usually implied with a two-star rating, but it's not quite high enough on the "could potentially read again" scale to go for a three-star.

So I opted for Goodreads's definition of a two-star rating: "it was ok."

And I guess it was okay. But it wasn't good.

After being really excited for a retelling of The Great Gatsby, I was let down by Gre
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Liviania
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok


Confession: I don't really like THE GREAT GATSBY. I find Scott Fitzgerald's prose overly self-conscious and I found the love story off putting. But when I heard about a lesbian YA retelling, I couldn't resist. GREAT transplants the original Jazz Age novel to the modern Hamptons and keeps the plot almost wholesale while eliding or confusing some of the themes.

I didn't expect the original themes to be kept intact; I expected the modern, lesbian update to play around and perhaps comment on them. I
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Sarah
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very early review! Click here - (view spoiler) ...more
Rebecca (Unbound Pages)
This review is also on my blog, The Library Canary

***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

Confession time: I haven’t read Great Gatsby nor have I seen the movie (any of them). But if it’s anything like this book, I will totally be reading it soon. So I’m just going to tell you how I felt about this book, not how it compares to Great Gatsby.

I lo
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Paula  Phillips
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received from Eidelweiss Books I was so happy that I got to read Great as I am a huge huge fan of renditions- whether it be mythology , fairytales or classics re-imagined. Great was perfect , as I had recently watched the movie "The Great Gatsby" starring Leonardo DiCaprio I was able as I read the book relate it to the movie and go - oh, that's the part where Tobey Maguire's character did this or that's the part where Leonardo sent out the invitations to the party etc.
In Great - the Tobey Magui
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Jana
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just absolutely loved it! This is a retelling of the Great Gatsby, with a girl taking Gatsby's place and an LGBT+ element. I really loved it for those reasons, but also because it was a retelling in the way that it was obvious what it was inspired by and if you've read the original work you can predict some major plot points, but in the end Sara Benincasa took Gatsby as an inspiration and formed her own story, and despite knowing what was to come, it made me emotional nonetheless and I ended up ...more
Catfairy Books
Loved it! A Great Gatsby story with a resolution! Amazing twist!
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