Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carraway and he tells the story sometime after 1922. As the story begins, Nick has just moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune as a bond salesman. After his arrival, Nick travels across the Sound to the more fashionable East Egg to visit his cousin Daisy Buchanan and her husband, Tom. When Nick returns home that evening, he notices his neighbor, Gatsby, mysteriously standing in the dark. Gatsby is known for his outrages parties. Little does anyone know, Gatsby is in love with the lovely Daisy Buchanan and plans on being with her. 

I was not sure about the book at first; it looked like it was sappy, told over and over again, love story. I've read many books but none like The Great Gatsby. From beginning to end I was into the book 110%. Being able to immerse into a book like this one is truly amazing. Scott Fitzgerald has a way with his words and really knows how to capture the moment and put you in it. It is slow in the beginning but don't let the fool you. The Great Gatsby is about friendship, love, wealth, the past, mortality, lies, and deceit. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath isn't just an average fan of the popular series, Simon Snow. For Cath, being a fan is her life. Both her and her twin sister, Wren, spent hours reading and writing their own stories about Gemma T. Leslie's characters when they were little. They were at every book event and movie opening in costume and they spent the majority of their time in Simon Snow forums. Escaping into the world of mages helped them cope with their mother leaving. But now that Cat and Wren are older, it's time for them to move on and start their lives in college. Wren has moved on from their obsession, but Cath can't seem to let go. After Wren broke the news to Cath that she would not be her roommate, Cath is on her own for the first time. She is completely out of her comfort zone always being surrounded by her surly roommate and her too friendly, always smiling boyfriend. She is overwhelmed when her writing professor tells her that fan fiction is not writing but basically plagiarizing and with a handsome boy who only ever wants to talk about words. All the while she cannot stop worrying about her workaholic dad and how alone he is. Cath has to overcome many trials in order to grow up. She may have to learn to give her twin space, learn to finally live her life, and maybe even leave Simon Snow behind.
Being a person with an avid obsession with Harry Potter and multiple other series, I really related to this story. I think anyone who really loves something can look at this story and also relate to it. Cath embodies a girl who is scared to death of the real world and would rather live in a fiction world. This novel really does a great job showing what it feels like to be a "fangirl." The novel also addresses a very popular writing style that not too many people know about, fan fiction. Throughout the novel you see Cath grow through both her actions and her writing. There's so many twists and turns throughout the story and you will feel your emotions twist and turn with it. I truly fell in love with all the characters and flew through the pages of this book in one night. 

If You Liked This One Check Out: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales