The Great Gatsby: A Student Review

By: Alex Miller

“The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about the uprising of the mysterious Jay Gatsby. This story is set around the 1920s Jazz era. The book is narrated by the honest Nick Carraway who shares his point of view of the emotions and interactions with the different characters in the story. One of the main plot lines in the story is Gatsby trying to get back with his old love, Daisy Bucannan, Nick’s cousin. This book centers around the possibility of achieving the American dream. The novel challenges the reader to decide if Gatsby truly loves Daisy or just the idea of her. There are plenty of details in the story to make up your own opinion about Gatsby’s feelings. 

When I was reading the book, I loved how it was very descriptive and helped me get a clear visualization of each of the characters. The vivid description helped me stay interested in what was happening. My favorite part of the book was deciding if Gatsby loved Daisy. I do believe he loved her, not the idea of her. This was his way of achieving the American Dream.

After I read the book, I was able to watch the movie, the 2013 version. This has started to become my favorite movie. I loved it so much! It portrayed all of the descriptive parts of the book right into the movies’ use of color, jazzy music, and amazing acting skills. The movie brought my imagination to life, and more! Even though I knew what was going to happen, I felt like it was my first time seeing the drama and suspense. I was mesmerized by the entire movie; it felt like magic. My favorite moments were all of the parts where Gatsby and Daisy were together and it looked like Daisy felt safe and happy.

I love Fitzgerald’s story; it captures engaging topics. His story allows the reader to have their own opinion on a situation. I personally think it is a great story and between the book and the movie, watching the movie was my favorite version. You should definitely read this book if you like drama and plot twists. I rate this story a 4 ½ out of 5 falcons.