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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby takes place during the 1920's, or the Jazz Age. It is about the downfall of a man named Jay Gatsby that throws lavish parties in his Long Island Mansion every Saturday night, all through the perspective of Nick, his neighbor. Jay Gatsby throws parties every week in hopes of reuniting with his former lover, Daisy, who doubles as Nick's cousin. Through Nick, Daisy and Gatsby rekindle their love, which ultimately leads to a wild turn of events.

I really enjoyed this book. It is an amazing story due to its sad, yet beautiful plot. It is also very realistic and a true epitome of life in the roaring 20's.

I would recommend this book to others because it has a great message behind it. If you like realistic fiction, historical fiction or other authors of the time such as Hemingway, The Great Gatsby is the perfect book for you.

Bethany, 15


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Princess for Hire

by Lindsey Leavitt

This book follows the everyday life of a girl named Desi, She wishes that her life could turn extraordinary, and wishes for excitement. Her wishes do come true, but not in the ways that she thought they would. She becomes a filler princess; someone who would fill in for princesses in their break times.

This book was a decent book to read, because it had a very interesting plot line, and the story idea was fun to read. However, there wasn't much action in the book, which I found to be a little boring.

This book is a good fit for people who like girly books, and who enjoy a bit of a shorter read. The lack of action could; however, turn away readers who enjoy that in books.

Natalie, 14


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Tender is the Night

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender is the Night is a tragic romance novel about an 18 year old actress by the name of Rosemary Hoyt who goes on vacation to the French Riviera. There she meets the handsome Dick Diver, whom she falls in love with. Dick Diver is a psychiatrist who is the doctor and husband of Nicole Warren. The story depicts the life of Dick Diver, in which the wealth he has encountered provokes him into a different lifestyle other than his own.

This book was to a moderate extent, interesting, but it is very difficult to understand. Fitzgerald writes in a very complex and wordy way that actually makes it strenuous to know what is truly happening. This book also doesn't have the greatest plot in the world and it seems as if I was never really intrigued with what was happening.

I do recommend this book if you really admire a complex way of writing in an author, but if you don't, I don't think you will like this very much. I thought that after reading The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, I would like it a lot. The Great Gatsby has such an interesting and clear plot that the plot. However, Tender is the Night was mildly disappointing but a little disappointing. I know many people who have very much enjoyed this novel, so might as well give it a read. 

Analyss, 17


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Beauty Queens

by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens coverThe contestants for Miss Teen Dream, from Miss California to Miss Maine, are on a plane, heading to their destination when something unthinkable happens: their plane crash-lands on an unidentified island, out in the middle of nowhere. With the airplane crew, camera crew, and many of the pageant queens dead, the remaining must figure out a way to get rescued, and most importantly, survive.

This book touched on a lot of controversial aspects that I didn't support, but it did really make me realize how superficial and materialistic our society is. The way the characters reacted to things was also quite unrealistic, but there were some good aspects of the book as well. (I felt like it was an interesting portrayal of a modern "Lord of the Flies".) 

Only high schoolers should read this, definitely no one younger than 15. There are some topics discussed in this book that a lot of teenagers face that are more appropriate for older teens' eyes.

Erica, 16


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