This book is not for children.
F. Scott Fitzgerald decided to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." And thus, The Great Gatsby was created.
This novel has been coined his 'finest' work by some critics, and has become the most well-known novel ever by Fitzgerald. The decadence of the Jazz age and the superfluous nature of money has given this novel a permanent place in American literature. Self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby is the embodiment of the desired American culture: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings.
""Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
Gatsby's success and gruesome demise gives caution to readers who easily feel drawn to fleeting treasures of this world. Please keep in mind that themes in this book are very adult and this book should be read by students no younger than high school.
Grade Level: 7.3