"The easy life is sometimes the hardest life of all." The words rang false to seventeen-year-old Charlie Middle when he first heard his cousin Maisey utter them, between sips of her gold-flaked martini. But by the end of his summer in California, they were among the truest words he had ever heard.
Such Great Heightsis a retelling of The Great Gatsby, by way of Social Network and Less Than Zero. Author, Chris Cole, puts a millennial wardrobe on the Jazz Age classic, mashing up the styles and imagery of Brett Easton Ellis, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Green into a new and timely voice.
Such Great Heights is a retelling of The Great Gatsby, by way of Social Network and Less Than Zero. Author, Chris Cole, puts a millennial wardrobe on the Jazz Age classic, mashing up the styles and imagery of Brett Easton Ellis, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Green into a new and timely voice.
We are offered a ringside seat for the impossible love story of kid billionaire Joss Stember and heiress Maisey Landing. Told in heartbreaking detail through the eyes of Charlie, we watch these young lovers as they fight against the ceaseless waves of the past in a passionate attempt to make their way toward the shores of the present. Battling their own demons, and the demons that seem to prey upon them at every turn.
Through the lens of recently graduated Midwest teen, Charlie Middle, we are afforded a rarefied glimpse into a lifestyle that is usually kept under lock and key. Charlie's innocent summer internship in Silicon Valley quickly morphs into a crucible of excess and intrigue amidst the one percent of the one percent--fraught with star-crossed lovers, million dollar cars, 24-hour parties, high-tech billionaires and a pageantry of excess that would have put Sodom and Gomorrah to shame, let alone East and West Egg.
Such Great Heights is a novel for the Instagram generation, a generation for whom nostalgia is a stylish accessory and instant messages are sacred texts.
"in this gatsby-in-silicon-valley story, chris cole writes with elegance and urgency, with a nod to the past, a glance toward the future, and insight into the timeless."
- Frances Lefkowitz, Award-winning author of To Have Not (MacAdam/Cage)
"I hope millions of people read your writing, it's so damn good."
- Lana Del Rey, Multi-platinum recording artist (Interscope)
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In this story we follow Charlie middle cousin to Maisey, Joss Stember. Joss and Maisey meet in there teens at a party. After 6 weeks together she goes off to Europe and leaves Joss Behind. Joss is heartbroken and never gets over losing Maisey. Until years later when they meet again when Joss is super successful. I really, really struggled with this story in every aspect. I never got the code at the beginning of every chapter. For me it was a rewrite of The Great Gatsby but set in modern day. The characters were ok, and for me the story would of been better if the setting of the story was different, not set along the same lines as the film the great Gatsby. When I was reading it that's all I could picture. I didn't like the cover, I don't get where that fitted in with the story.
When Joss meets Maisey, they irrevocably fall in love. But life won't allow those two to stay together, so Joss tries everything, that isn't beyond his power, to make their love possible. Actually I don't know what to think about this story. I just recently watched the movie "The Great Gatsby", but wanted to treat this like a new story. In my opinion "Such Great Heights" is a simple "The Great Gatsby" copy without the charm the original had.So I kind of enjoyed seeing how Joss gets his money, but I don't see any real connection between him and Maisey. And to Charlie Joss didn't seem like an important person at all. So all the relationship's depth is gone. At first I thought I'd simply give it 3 stars, since it was a nice and light read, but since I can't help to compare it to the "The Great Gatsby" movie, which I think is simply fabulous and totally gorgeous, I'll only give 2.
Such Great Heights was a decent book up until the end. And then the ending made it so much better. There were bits of it that I had a bit of an issue with at first. Maisey's speech was unnatural and didn't flow well at all considering the age she lives in and her own age. She was supposed to be what, 20? 21? And she spoke as if she was Daisy in the roaring 20's. Which was fine, if everyone else spoke the same way. And with the exception of Reed taking on Gatsby's "Old Sport," everyone spoke as if they were in modern times. So Maisey being the only one to speak with inflections and phrases from another time period didn't fit, especially as a 20-year-old from Malibu. Speculation would determine that she was probably doing it as a way to still have some freedom for herself, through speech, despite her father and Reed controlling her life. I loved the updates to the story; Joss being involved with apps, a new revolutionary drug with no side-effects setting up the climax of the story. Reed's rants about the differences between the classes were offensive and biting and perfectly done; I only wish Joss had had the wit and more importantly the desire to say something just as smart back. I noticed that Lana Del Rey was mentioned in the novel a couple times and she also was quoted as saying this book was worth reading; I think it's safe to say she probably had something to do with it. Which didn't bother me at all, only something that I noticed. I loved the views into Joss's life on the way to making his billions. It was a good addition that brought more to the story rather than detracting from it. It was nice to have that glimpse into his mindset, something we didn't get with the original Gatsby. The ending was great. I was curious to see if the author would choose to keep the same plot, but was pleasantly surprised to find that he changed it and it worked. It was very different from the original work, and it still followed logically from the plot. I think there was a kind of poetic justice in the original story; and that isn't lost in this updated version. Different circumstances, same undeniable ending. And I just want to say, I love the title and how it came to be, and I love the repeated line "It couldn't be helped." It obviously came to mean quite a bit in the end.