Yes, it’s the end of August already, and it’s time for Road Trip Wednesday‘s Book of the Month. Road Trip Wednesday is a meme hosted by YA Highway. They set the topic, we blog our answer, and then link to our answers on the YA Highway blog article. People can then travel around to each blog to see how each person responded, and leave a comment (or not, but you know it’s the friendly thing to do!).
I didn’t get as much reading accomplished this month as I’d planned, so my pool of books to choose from is a little shallow. I usually pick a “shout-out” but I really don’t have one this month. None of the books I read were of the shout-from-the-rooftops-how-great-this-book-is quality, at least for me. The best of the bunch was probably…
THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This classic novel tells the story of millionaire Jay Gatsby, and his obsession for lavish parties–and Daisy Buchannan. It’s told from the first person perspective of Gatsby’s neighbor, Nick Carroway, whom he befriends, and eventually enlists to help him reconnect with his old flame. The novel gives an interesting snapshot of high society in the 1920s, and while it’s fictionalized, Fitzgerald does a good job of giving the 21st century reader a sense of the period. It’s a relatively short novel, and I could probably have read it in a day. However, I didn’t really have much reading time this month, so it took me longer to get through as I would have to put it down and pick it up again later. One of the things I came to appreciate is the fact that the novel has a fairly simple and straight-forward story line, along with a limited cast of characters to keep track of. This meant that I rarely lost track of what had happened in between readings. I found Fitzgerald’s style quite readable, and his descriptions made sense to my imagination. And there were moments when his observations, or a turn of phrase, would make me smile. It was certainly an enjoyable read.
As I mentioned in my Goodreads review, I would give this book a PG, perhaps PG-13, rating for some mild language, but would probably recommend it to upper YA and older simply because I don’t think the subject matter would appeal to a younger audience.
What are your thoughts on THE GREAT GATSBY? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? Read it in school and you don’t want to relive the painful memory? Read it in school and couldn’t get enough of it? Let me know in the comments. And if you have a book of the month to share, hop over to YA Highway and join the Road Trip Wednesday fun!