The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Tonight is book club night at Towne Book Center & Cafe, aka, my job.  As book club enabler, I hafta find something to say about this book.

The Great Gatsby

To be sure, I always try to find something positive to say about a title, even if I didnt care for it.  Here’s what I liked about the Great Gatsby:

  1. I’m finished
  2. there was a child named Pammy

There are times when we need to reconsider what makes a classic book a classic.  I know many children have had to read this title for required reading.  I was not one of them.  So you can imagine with great DISDAIN when I discovered that the book is racist, misogynistic, and anti Semitic.  I know that Fitzgerald’s thinking was historically accurate, because there were plenty of people who were not. I also found the story shiftless and a glorification of excess and a lifestyle I can not begin to comprehend.  I thought that the main character, Nick, tried too hard to speak as though he were well educated and it felt forced.  Blah.  And I hated the ending. double blah.

So, while I did not like it, I would love to hear your thoughts on it and if you enjoyed it, tell me why.  I’m not too hopeful that the movie coming out next month starring former Spiderman star Tobey Maguire is going to be a flop.  But I’ve been wrong before. I’m guessing Spiderman will play the enigmatic Gatsby a part for which he’s all wrong for.

Skip The Great Gatsby and read The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty instead.

My rating, is unfortunately, ick.


Do tell me what you think.

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.


  • Jennifer Young

    I have never read Gatsby, and now I’ll skip it for sure. Loved The Chaperone!

  • Emma

    I read it in high school and didn’t like it. I’ve never understood why people make such a big deal about it’s greatness!

  • Janeane Davis

    I am one of the people who have not read Gatsby. I am reading it this weekend because my teenie bopper just read it in school. I respect your opinion a great deal and now I am not looking foward to keeping my word to the teenie bopper and reading this book this weekend. I am learning that many of the classics are just not books I will enjoy. I will share my Moby Dick Saga with you later.

    • Pammy Pam

      many in our group discussion tonight did not like it. but not for the race reasons that i had.

  • Arelis Cintron

    I have not read the Great Gatsby, but I have added on my to do list a lot of the “Classics” to read as an adult that I did not read in my youth. I’ll have to read this though and see if I have the same outlook on it.

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