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 sore thumb among the teenagers who have been summering (a verb only the very rich use) together for years. But Naomi finds herself captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. Jacinta has her own reason for drawing close to Naomi-to meet the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather. But Jacinta's carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape.
Based on a beloved classic and steeped in Sara Benincasa's darkly comic voice, Great has all the drama, glitz, and romance with a terrific modern (and scandalous) twist to enthrall readers.
- I really liked Naomi. I thought she was an interesting character, especially with the background between her mother and father.
- Naomi’s mother was out-of-control, I loved her character and her desire to be famous and loved. She pushed herself so hard and was at the beck and call to the rich and famous.
- Jacinta (the Gatsby) character was well done, she was similar but different enough that the story was redundant. There was also a diverse romance that helps modernize the book and give a young adult story that some would feel is lacking (trying not to spoil the whole story).
- I liked all the side characters, Teddy, Giovanni, Misti, Delilah, ect. The characters really brought the story to life.
- The Hamptons always fascinate me. I love Revenge and Gossip Girl and the whole concept of the Hamptons. The rich and beautiful fleeing the city to go to the beach and their huge lake houses.
- The story was good, but not great. Sometimes the writing seems cliche but it was definitely enjoyable and readable, but it won’t be a classic.
- There were only really two big parties! I wanted more glitz and glamor.