Great by Sara BenincasaGreat by Sara Benincasa

Great

bySara Benincasa

Hardcover | April 8, 2014

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In this contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, by comedian Sara Benincasa, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the romance and drama of a Hamptons social circle and is implicated in a scandal that shakes the summer community.

When Naomi Rye arrives in the Hamptons to spend the summer with her socialite mother, she fully expects to be miserable mingling with the sons and daughters of her mother's mega-rich friends. Yet Naomi finds herself unexpectedly drawn to her mysterious and beautiful next-door neighbor, Jacinta, a Hamptons "It" girl who throws wild, lavish parties that are the talk of the town. But Jacinta is hiding something big, and events unfold with tragic consequences.

Sara Benincasa is the author of the recently published Morrow title,Agorafabulous!(which was based on her one-woman show). Sara has received much acclaim as a comedian and memoirist and is now turning to YA fiction.
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Title:GreatFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.93 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062222694

ISBN - 13:9780062222695

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Retelling fail Naomi Rye never looks forward to spending the summer with her mother out in East Hampton. She's the new girl in a group of teenagers who have grown up rich and spending their summers in the Hamptons. She soon learns that this summer will be different, this summer has Jacinta. Jacinta is her next door neighbor and seems taken in by Noami's my-mother-makes-me-hang-out-with-her friend Delilah Fairweather. Jacinta has secrets and Noami has to decide how far she's willing to be sucked into this world. This is a retelling of The Great Gatsby with teenage characters. I enjoyed The Great Gatsby so I was excited to read this one but it came nowhere near to giving me the same feelings as the original. I think the author tried to put her own spin on it but I never forgot that this was a retelling the way I have with other books. The descriptions in the book are pretty amazing. The parties, the clothes, the decorations, it all gives major feelings of 'I want to be there!'. Just not with these characters. There wasn't a whole lot of depth to any of them. Maybe it was because the story was so similar to the original that it lacked surprising moments and even when the plot did deviate a bit, it still didn't end up shocking me. I had a really hard time with the characters, especially the main, Noami. She was supposed to be the everyday girl who got thrown into this world and took the reader with her but I never felt a connection with her. She came across just as spoiled and self-centered as the kids she judged. The connection between Jacinta and Delilah felt forced and shallow, more like a mutual obsession than any real feelings. Maybe it's because we saw it all through someone else's eyes and it was repeating numerous times about their connection but without showing it. The plot was a bit slow but it did really pick up in the last thirty pages or so. It did feel like a missed opportunity to take the modernization and do more with it, especially considering the LGBT twist to the characters. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Review from MajiBookshelf 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 checking out The Great Gatsby but I'm not sure I will right now because the storyline was seriously screwed up.. in a bad way. The main protagonist, Naomi is a child of divorced parents. Her mom lives in East Hampton ($$) while her dad is a high school coach. Every summer she spends it with her mom and this summer is no exception. She goes to East Hampton, meets Delilah and starts hanging out with her and Jeff, a guy who is interested in her. Then we've got Naomi's neighbor who seems to be creepily obsessed with Delilah, but for some reason everyone doesn't seem to notice it. We've also got Naomi's stereotypical homosexual friend, and literally every time she enters the picture we are reminded of that. Do we really need a reminder? I don't know why she didn't point out every time Jeff entered the picture that he is straight. I just don't get that. Also, I was not a fan of how everything went down the last 30 pages. There are 270 pages in this book.. why would the author do that? And Naomi.. Naomi was so annoyingly trustworthy and naive.. I disliked how she kept horrible secrets of people and wanted the bad person to redeem him/herself by confessing when we know that won't happen. Grr.. I really really disliked how everything was forced in this book.. from the 90210 luxurious life that we are always reminded of like "OOH this costs 5,000$, they are RICH" yes.. we get that.. the first 10 times it was mentioned to how all the characters seemed fake and stereotypical. I do not recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2014-05-01