“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald


The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald, depicts the culture and atmosphere of the 1920s in the most accurate way, according to some historians. The classic tale of Nick Caraway, his neighbors Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom Buchanan encompasses the careless nature of the wealthy at that time, which led to the economic bubble of the Great Depression in the 1930s. The story’s centers around Nick Caraway and his point of view on the love between Gatsby and Daisy who both knew each other before World War 1. For five years after the war, Gatsby pursued the American dream, which included gaining wealth and maintaining his love for Daisy. Fast forward to the time when Nick moves to New York and he soon discovers that Gatsby is in love with his cousin, Daisy. Gatsby and Daisy eventually meet again and fall back in love although Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan, who is cheating on Daisy. The drama expressed in these characters makeup the style and prestige of the 1920’s. The themes of class status, the American Dream, and the carelessness of that era. I recommend The Great Gatsby for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and is curious about the culture of the 1920’s.

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-Tyler M.


“Blythewood” by Carol Goodman


Aveline Hall’s adventure begins with the death of her beloved mother. From there, things go from bad to worse. She is involved in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, hunted by a man who breathes smoke, and escapes from an insane asylum. Next, she journeys to Blythewood Academy, a boarding school that her mother once attended. As she begins to discover the secrets of Blythewood, and of the dashing young man who saved her from the fire, she may find that the most dangerous secrets regard her family history.

Why I picked it up: To be honest, at first I wanted to read this because I saw she had been through so very much. Could the author pull this off without the character becoming a “Mary Sue”? I think she did a great job on this.

Why I finished it: I think the author has wonderful world building skills. I liked this concept of weaving old world ideas with her own special brand of magic.

I’d give it to: Teens who don’t mind more historical settings, teens who enjoy paranormal romance or teens who enjoy paranormal action novels.

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-Natalie Martinez