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Great

by Sara Benincasa

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Great by Sara Benincasa

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062222695
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 495,024
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sara Benincasa is a comedian and author of Real Artists Have Day Jobs (William Morrow 2016) as well as the books DC Trip (Adaptive Books 2015), Great (2014), and Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom (William Morrow 2012), a book based on her critically acclaimed solo show about panic attacks and agoraphobia. She is currently adapting DC Trip as a film with producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (Little Miss Sunshine, Nebraska, Election), Van Toffler, and Adaptive Studios. She is currently adapting Agorafabulous! as a TV pilot with executive producers Diablo Cody (Juno, The United States of Tara), and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour. She was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Warren Wilson College and Columbia University Teachers College. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Great 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) 17-year-old Naomi is off to spend the summer in the Hamptons with her desperate-to-be-famous Mother, but is about to get more than she bargained for. Jacinta is the author of a popular fashion blog called ‘The Wanted’, and is renting the house next door to Naomi’s mother’s summer house. She’s nice, and asks to be introduced to Delilah – the daughter of one of Naomi’s mother friends, and also an up-and-coming model. Jacinta and Delilah seem to be becoming more than friends though, and Naomi isn’t sure how Delilah’s boyfriend is going to feel about that when he finds out. What secrets is Jacinta hiding though? What is going on between Jacinta and Delilah? And what happens when everything is revealed? This was an interesting YA tale of one girl’s summer in the Hamptons, and the ending was really surprising. Naomi was a simple girl, who cared about the things she cared about, and didn’t spend ages obsessing over trends, or trying to make people like her. Even though she didn’t really want to spend the summer in the Hamptons, or wear designer clothes, or make posh friends, she did it to make her mom happy, but didn’t lose her own morals and ideas in the process. I liked the storyline in this book. Initially I did wonder what the point was, but it was interesting to see the goings on of a group of teens in the Hamptons. When the big things started happening though, boy did they happen! The last 30% of this book was really surprising and good! And I really couldn’t wait to find out what happened. I felt really sorry for certain parties by the end of this book, and in a way it was really unfair that things ended the way they did. It was also a little disappointing that we didn’t have some kind of epilogue clearing up what happened legally, but I suppose the point was supposed to be about how things turned out socially rather than legally. Overall I enjoyed this book, and found it quite surprising compared to other contemporary YA stories. 7 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this novel. THE GREAT GATSBY is not my favorite book by any means, but I do enjoy it and the various film interpretations that have been released. I was fascinated by this book from the time I first heard of it and finally decided to purchase it after reading the sample and falling in love. The sample was misleading. I've always believed that one should never be wholly positive or negative when it comes to a review of a piece of writing. Here's something positive to start out with: the book is a true, close homage to the source. Benincasa did a great job of following the Gatsby plot and carrying it out to the end (even though I personally had some doubt about the Gatsby figure's story in this tale - I never doubted what Jay did for Daisy in the original). The idea to set the story in the Hamptons and use rich teenagers is pretty fantastic as well. The setting was portrayed very nicely. As for what I did not like: 1) too much product placement (did Marc Jacobs fund this novel?) 2) too many pop culture references that absolutely will not age well - the author references CLUELESS, which is from 1995. It's from before most of the characters in this novel were born. Furthermore, while GOSSIP GIRL just ended in 2012 and was clearly an influence for Benincasa, it remains to be seen whether or not it will survive as a reference point for teenagers in years to come. (And, as a side note, I do not know a single 16/17 year old girl who would be interested in BOARDWALK EMPIRE, except for the one character who is, and referencing it did not make sense to me) 3) the best friend at home in Chicago is a ridiculous butch-lesbian caricature that should have either been left out entirely or fleshed out a little better - I would actually have rather read about her story at home than about Naomi's. It was borderline offensive. 4) I get the title, but I'm an adult with a literature degree. The title has absolutely nothing to do with the story on its own, which is a shame. It tells you right away that the novel's intending to ride happily along on Fitzgerald's coattails. Overall, I think that this could have been an excellent novel if the writer had put a bit more effort into making it her own and a little less effort into trying to point out how absolutely witty and connected she is. Instead of a modern retelling, we get a self-indulgent remix that succeeds in retelling the Gatsby story, but fails on its own as a standalone novel.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
*MY THOUGHTS*<br /> <br />     Here's a little known fact about me.... I'm not a huge fan of classics. But there are some that I do like, which are The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby. So of course when I saw this was a re-telling of Gatsby, I KNEW I had to read it. If not fr anything else, just because it was like Gatsby. <br /> <br /> &quot;Fitting in is overrated&quot;<br /> pg. 149 (ARC)<br /> <br />     With that being said, this was a very solid re-telling. It followed the story almost to a tee. But in this one, it's modernized and there is something very different in this one as well. I think this is what I liked the most. Not only is it close enough to the original story to be a good modernized version, but it was also different enough to be a good re-telling and give Benincasa her own voice. <br /> <br /> &quot;I guess love, or whatever they were in, changes a person. Or maybe it just brings out their true nature.&quot;<br /> pg. 169 (ARC)<br /> <br />     Which bring me to my next point. Yes it was distinct enough to give Benincasa her own voice, but to be honest, it wasn't 100% great. Really what kept me reading was the fact that I knew how Gatsby ended and I wanted to see how much she would keep the same. I think I would've liked it better had she made it a little more modernized. I know I was just praising her for making it a modern story, but really its the setting that's more modern. The actual writing stil felt like I was in the 20's/ Maybe it was supposed to be that was to help with the re-telling, but because it was in that type of setting, it just didn't work for me. <br /> <br /> &quot;My father told me once that people don't change- they just reveal more of who they really are.&quot;<br /> pg. 201 (ARC)<br />     As I said, I'm a huge fan of Gatsby, and I'm very happy to see that this version of the story is almost just as good. It has definitely made me want to re-read it. I really praise Benincasa on re-telling a timeless classic, something that so many people already love. <br />  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in and sits down as i say hey to them and staying quiet...