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Estelle: Great by Sara Benincasa

Great by Sara Benincasa ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 8, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 272 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: classic retelling, Hamptons, high society, being the outsider, friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Naomi is off to spend the summer with her mother in the Hamptons. As […]

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May 27, 2014 - 8:01 am

Review: Great by Sara Benincasa | wrapped up in books - […] Estelle at Rather Be Reading: “Her voice was so vividly judgy — I was immediately wrapped up in her story and the indignation she felt about her annual summer plans: the Hamptons to visit her mom where quality time meant hearing her mom complain about her clothes and push her to socialize with the well-connected kids her age.”  […]

April 5, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Katy - This sounds good! I haven’t read Gatsby in a long time either, but this sounds like it does a good job hitting the same points. The internet maven aspect definitely sounds intriguing! I might have to check this one out at some point!

March 28, 2014 - 4:30 am

The Bookish Manicurist - I’m so glad you enjoyed this, and Naomi, so much! I’ve been to keen read this because Sara’s writing is so clever and I enjoy her columns.

March 28, 2014 - 1:02 am

Alexa S. - I liked Great! It was a lot more compelling than I remember The Great Gatsby being, probably because the details (though outlandish) were relatable too (especially the fashion blog part). I do feel like the emotions I felt when reading this and watching the latest version of The Great Gatsby (where Leo was excellent) were similar in intensity and thoughtfulness, and I loved that!

March 27, 2014 - 11:23 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This is very, very interesting…I normally agree with you on almost all your picks, Estelle, but I didn’t connect to the protag like you did. Maybe because I’m too close to The Great Gatsby as a book? I don’t know…I did love Jacinta, and I felt more for her than I did for Jay Gatsby in the original. And yet, something was missing for me.

I must commend you, though, on your description of Naomi’s voice as “vividly judgy”! That’s EXACTLY what it was, haha!

March 26, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Cassie G - This cover immediately drew me in, and I knew it was going to be one I wanted for my shelf. Love that you loved it, and I’m definitely putting it on my to-watch list so I remember to get it!

March 26, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Rachel - This sounds soooooo good. I downloaded from EW a while back and kind of wrote it off because of the cover, but I’m totally reading it.

March 26, 2014 - 10:10 am

Stormy - I really enjoyed this one too! It made a lot of the same societal commentary that the original Gatsby did(though I don’t think it went to the same lengths as the original). It was fascinating, albeit disheartening, to watch a group of people think they could get away with anything and the silent condemnation. It would be really interesting to read this one and re-read The Great Gatsby.