The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Book Summary

The only authorized edition of the twentieth-century classic, featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final revisions, a foreword by his granddaughter, and a new introduction by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Book Reviews

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- bad :/1 star

Nicks perspective is the worst way to tell the story

- Objectively Flawed.2 star

Being familiar with storytelling myself, quite a few major if not fatal flaws stood out when reading this. I understand why this story has such cultural significance in the United States, but it doesn’t hide the fact many decisions Fitzgerald made plagued what could’ve been a great dramaztion of his own life. Telling the story from Nick’s perspective is by far one of the weakest ways of telling this story. Nick’s perspective only makes the intentions of every other character needlessly abscured. Imagine how tense and dramatic the story could be from the perspective of Daisy or Tom. Nick’s naive character doesn’t add much at all to the dynamics and themes of James Gatz, Tom, or Daisy. In addition, Gatsby’s mysterious aura is vastly overplayed. His inter-personal relations don’t shine with the same lush emotions that Scott possessed and could have implemented from his own life and his troubled marriage with Zelda. There were so many things the story could’ve done better for the sake of telling what could’ve been a heartbreaking yet sober battle of lust and materialism. Ultimately, The Great Gatsby is a disappointingly flat story.

- One of the best books that ever was and ever will be.5 star

Incredible characters & really a timeless classic!

- Good5 star

I loved it

- A very captivating story5 star

I probably put 5 stars on everything but this one really deserved it.

- Perfect for beginners5 star

Great book. Give it a try. At just a dollar the value can’t get any better.

- Awful and overrated.1 star

This book has no reason to have the status that is gained over the years. The Great Gatsby uses lazy plot elements to advance the story, and lacks character depth. The most obvious part is when they take each other’s car for the drive. Why did they do that? There is no rational reason to do that. They only did it so the mechanic would mistakenly kill Gatsby in the end. Why does Tom and Jay hang out if Tom hates him? Why would you invite someone to your house if you don’t like them, then sit them next to your wife? Even though it’s obvious that he likes her. None of the main characters are likable in anyway expect for Nick. They are just swallow people that you hope twist their ankles. I understand we’re aren’t suppose to relate to them because of their status, but you just don’t care for anyone of them. Why should we feel bad for J? Because he can’t be with the women he loves? Why does even deserve her in the first place? Also, why doesn’t she leave if Tom cheats on her? She is portrayed as a the spoiled woman archetype with no depth. The Great Gatsby is just awful. Unlike other books I don’t like, I can understand why they are famous, but the Great Gatsby is just awful. Half the book is plot holes with unbearable characters.

- One of the Very Best5 star


- I’m not going home ttomorrow was a good5 star

I’ll pick it all over the house and I’ll call him Tomorrow morning or later on that day I just want you guys and I’ll be happy for

- Classic5 star

Who doesn’t love The Great Gatsby? The language at first was a tad difficult to understand but once you get into the story you can’t put the book down. It fills you up with emotions.

- Boring1 star


- An American classic. Astounding book.5 star

You can not put this book down!! Really gives the reader a glimpse into the life of the mysterious, yet great Gatsby.

- LOVE IT!!5 star

I read the book for my English class, and then I discovered I loved the book and the movie. I don't like to read the book but this one I actually enjoyed while I was riding and then I saw the movie I had to buy one for myself as well, is a great story. it was the perfect story to read and one of my favourites book in High school ( funny thing i dont read books)

- Forced to read this in school5 star

One of my favorite books we read in high school English class. Highly recommend this classic.

- Excellent5 star

Beautiful story of love, life and New York

- The Great Gatsby5 star

This is one of the absolute best books I have ever read, I have read it six or seven times and it still thrills me every time I read it. Absolutely astonishing.

- Amazing5 star

I saw the movie

- High School Curriculum3 star

Read this for English and let me tell you, the language of the book was quite hard to understand at certain parts. I don't understand how this became a classic either, it's just meh. The story/plot is great. I absolutely love the idea. The fact of the matter is that it could have been executed much better. All in all, only read it if you absolutely have to. If you don't need to, I'm sure one of the movies will do a good enough job.

- A romantic read of a 20s drama5 star

I’m in love with this book. I’ve read it twice. The characters are unique and intriguing. The book inspires hope and lust for tomorrow by using the romances and cliches of the 20s. This is a good book for a gift or for travel. A must read.

- One Of The Classics5 star

Loved it

- A bit overrated, I think.3 star

I haven't read many "American classics" so this might be affecting my opinion here, but I have read much better and older books that cover the same topics 'The Great Gatsby' does whilst doing a better job at arresting my attention. I guess if you are entirely ignorant to the era in which this novel takes place it may be an enlightening read, but if you are already somewhat familiar beforehand (like myself) then this book has little to offer. 'The Great Gatsby' does NOT do a notable job of showing the dichotomy between the upper and lower class of this period; it only offers a narrow insight into the lives of some well-to-do citizens (and lets be honest; spoiled, rich people act the same regardless of the decade, or century). The nouveau riche gentleman that this book focuses on is interesting—though at times made boring by the narrator's own fickle disinterest. To describe this title in one word, I choose the word staid. 3 Stars. I don't normally do reviews but I was planning to spend my apple credit on a purchase today, only to be told I had insufficient funds. It was then that I was reminded of this purchase—which I had already completely forgotten about within 3 days apparently. I wish I could have my ten dollars back.

- Greatest Book I have ever read. Pure frickin greatness1 star


- The Great Gatsby5 star

I love the language used by F. Scott Fitzgerald to describe anything and everything. Great read, the characters must be looked at with unjudgemental eyes.

- Classic5 star

Greatest character and symbolism work ever

- Great5 star

Amazing book

- The Truth About James Gatz5 star

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... and one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - Nick Carraway (Narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby") An amazing story about money, power, obsession, and tragedy. Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby, or James Gatz, teaches us about the craziness in love and light—that having hope is something worth dying for.

- Forced to read5 star

School major grade hate the book but it's not all bad

- Truly magnificent5 star

You can almost smell, hear and feel the narrator's dwellings. My feelings were all over the place

- One Of The Truly Great Books5 star

It is impossible to capture in this short space what The Great Gatsby really means. It is, always has been, and will remain, one of the truly great books ever written. Along with To Kill A Mockingbird, it is the defining American novel. It captures the constant allure and often tainted reward of our ambition and exploration. Our discovery of this continent and its vast expanse pushed us westward to civilize and inhabit new, unspoiled and innocent places. But then brave and naive souls among us, like Gatsby, and even Nick, came back East to capture the original allure. Gatsby came seeking to remake himself in the image of the young continent's unbridled success. He yearned for the light at the end of Daisy's dock just as the explorers of old had coveted the promise of the new land they had found. But when he captured it -- briefly realized his dream -- it killed him. In death, he discovered the true loneliness and brutality of it all. Reading this book will stay with you forever -- as I can see that it will with my teenage daughter who just read it for the first time. It remains our great story.

- Boring1 star

I hated it. It was extremely boring to me.

- Unsatisfying4 star

I'm not at all happy with the ending. Nevertheless, a beautiful piece of American literature. ❤️

- Great book5 star

Great book

- Gatsby gets shot by George Wilson and dies!!!!!5 star

Spoiler alert

- Amazing5 star

This is one of the greatest books I've ever read

- Ok book5 star

Was a good read till myrtle died 😥😥😥😥😥

- Errors4 star

There were many grammatical errors and mistakes that made it a little confusing.

- The Great Gatsby3 star

it was aight, write a version with gucci in it

- Ace4 star

The Great Gatsy is a story told by Nick, of his observations of the upper class, and specifically of Gatsby’s undying and unrequited love for Daisy. This book was very good, although hard to read at times. I felt it was very poignant and definitely a worthwhile read. I would recommend this book for high school ages and up, and just to anyone who is curious about this story.

- Awesome!!5 star

Best book ever! I really recommend this novel to everyone. It's a one of a kind tragic love story that you'll never forget.

- The green light5 star

I was 12 when I first read it and I fell in love with it though I couldn't fully understand it. After reading it once more and seeing a beautifully designed visual from Baz Luhrmann I was able to full digest every word that Fitzgerald was trying to say. And though it may have been written way before our time I still feel some of the themes can relate to our society. Absolutely a classic for the past present and future ages!

- One of My Favorites5 star

Why had I not read this before? It’s a great story. It’s easy to read. It moves along at a jaunty pace. And it has great interplay between its characters. I can see why it’s a classic.

- A Gripping Story for all Audiences5 star

This book is amazing. Period.

- Very good.4 star

A great read. Enjoyable enough to read more than once.

- The great gatsby5 star

I really enjoyed reading this book although it confused me quite a bit in the very beginning trying to put together what was going on towards the middle the storyline and the events kept pushing me to keep reading it I love this book I would read it more than once if I had the time to. I recommend you read it

- Tragic love5 star

Better than the movie

- The Great Gatsby5 star

Greatest book ever written.

- Absolutely amazing 😬5 star

This is phenomenal book, especially because it's written during the 1920s

- The Great Gatsby4 star

Great book. Well written. It's a classic for a reason. Pick it up if you weren't required to back in grade school. Or read it again - It's a good one.

- Stunning Book5 star

I'd been meaning to read The Great Gatsby for a while now, and I'd never gotten around to it until I had to read it for school (I was ecstatic when I was it was assigned). I cannot even begin to cover how amazing this book is. Fitzgerald paints such a vivid picture of the Roaring 20's; the glitz and glamour, the jealousy and greed. The attention to detail is great. Simply perfect. Definitely in my top three favorite books.

- A classic in a beautiful and great ebook format5 star

This is the closest thing to a perfect story and I think the most beautiful ebook I have ever seen. I highly recommend it.

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HennaaS - Great gatsby3 star

Decent book. Dialogue was a bit complex and too many details expressed

ShushImReading - Galore5 star

Unbelievable book Studying it thoroughly was the most enjoyable experience Brilliant symbolism and a fantastic group of characters

Dale Hamilton - Unreal5 star

Really amazing book, if you're on the fence about reading it, do it :)

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Mac-Chick - Great Read - Stick with it5 star

This book might be a bit frustrating to read in the beginning since we are not used to the tone and speech and characters of this timeframe. But stick with it! This is a great book, still relevant today. The book begins beautifully and after awhile I grew frustrated by the actions of some of the characters. This is as it was written to be. The behavior and lack of humanness from the Elite was a bit much to take, although quite realistic at times. The book really examines our choices in life and how some of us stick to them and other change with the wind, looking out for only their best interest. It really does an excellent job in defining the moral character of people, our desires, wishes and beliefs. Still a great book after all these years.

cgould1627 - Wonderful book!4 star

I loved this book from beginning to end. Never it bored.

finncouncil7 - Good4 star

This Book is worth the $4

W h i tney - Loved this book5 star

This book has been my fave since I read it in high school. Gatsby #sigh I feel for u.

O'long Johnson - Word5 star

It was aight

PurplishFroggles - Wonderful.5 star

A great book. My favorite! Some of the concepts are confusing though.

darleen1001 - The Great Gatsby5 star

It is such a great book. With great imagery and everything

Sweet tea is so good - An Absolute Astonishing Book5 star

This book was recommended to me by a friend and I loved it. I could not put it down until I had finished it the same night I got it. You will fall in love with this book the first time your eyes meet the page. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good read.

Pedro Jacobo - Not so interesting2 star

The book was interesting with all of its implications about wealth, race, and American culture but it's not a book I would recommend. I didn't find it inspiring and it didn't keep me wanting to read chapter to chapter. It's interesting to see American ethnicity in the 1920's and how white supremacy is instilled throughout the characters. Tom is afraid that the white race will be taken over by people of 'color' and that is exactly what contemporary ethnic America has become. I can go on and on about what I liked, what I found interesting, or not so interesting but my overall rating for this book is a little below average.

Titus Pulo - Great is The Great Gatsby5 star

A perfect study of the Jazz age blended with colorful characters and story lines. There is a reason it's a Classic!

Unamused cat - Read for English class5 star

Although it was difficult to understand the first couple chapters as the story progresses you find yourself in the 20's era accompanying Gatsby until the very end.

Mr. Mark R - Snooze fest1 star

Read it years ago. It came highly regarded and recommended. I found it boring. I care very little about the problems of the wealthy.

mrslautner101 - Excellent!5 star

The Great Gatsby is a fantastic book written by a magnificent author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in the Jazz Age, this book tells a story of a group of young, wealthy New Yorkers engulfed in multiple love triangles. Fitzgerald does a wonderful job describing and drawing out the characters as he keeps the reader engaged in the never-boring plot of the story. Although an advanced read with a moderate level of confusion at times, The Great Gatsby is a compelling, thought-provoking piece of literature. Capturing one of the novels main themes, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past,” this quote embodies the idea of not being able to recreate the past, no matter how hard we try (page 180). The novel is centered on Jay Gatsby and his five year pursuit for his past lover, Daisy’s, current affection. Amidst fancy parties, high wealth, and gossip central, Gatsby’s life was still an empty one without Daisy. Tom, Daisy’s husband, Nick, Daisy’s cousin, and Jordan are all also big characters with big roles. The way that Fitzgerald illustrates each of them pulls the reader in even more. The Great Gatsby is a skillfully crafted work of art that portrays American life in the late 1920s in such a way that the reader simply cannot put the book down. The detailed insight of the greed-driven, unfulfilled lives of the wealthy during this era is intricately woven into an evocative plot containing a not so typical love triangle. Personally, I give it a 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this wonderful piece of famous literature.

The_Lion_ - It is about People.4 star

True people are hard to find.

shroomadore - Must Read! An amazing classic5 star

Wow. F. Scott Fitzgerald is a maestro of words. I loved this book because the style in which the author writes is extraordinary, yet it is not a laborious read. It was also a captivating story. The ending was relatable given that all of the characters are from the Midwest. I am trying to read 100 classic literature pieces. The Great Gatsby was book #8 of my mission and definitely one of my favorites so far. Loved it!

the_garvers - Better than ever!5 star

Much better read now than in 10th-grade AP English. Understood many more of the nuances than was possible 30 years ago. A tragic (love?) story.

crew12510 - Great story!5 star

Can't wait to watch movie now!

Azbridges - At least I finished it...2 star

The basic story is about people who aren't very nice behaving very badly, told by a somewhat detached bystander/participant. The author's main goal seemed to be to stretch a short-story into a short novel with as many extra words as possible. At the beginning, I really didn't think I would even finish this, but ultimately, my curiosity got the better of me, and I had to find out what happened to all of the characters. Additionally, this was on my literary bucket list and I wasn't going to give up. I wish I could say that I loved it, but I can't. Perhaps this book is better suited to the movies. I haven't seen it, so I'll leave that to you. I'll just say, "Thank you," to Mrs. Gunther for choosing Dickens over Fitzgerald in high school English class all of those years ago.

Britt LaShae - The Great Gatsby3 star

Wasn't that great...wasn't this hugely mysterious, exciting adventure of a tale it's boasted to be! I was utterly disappointed, after anxiously waiting at the end of every chapter to be met with more than just this hapless bunch of rich, boring, pretentious, dull, purposeless, lazy, upper-class alcoholic snobs with seemingly nothing to do at all with their meaningless lives except gossip and scandal. I give it 3 stars for the writing...barely. :(

brianmichaelflanagan - Good MN memories5 star

As a native Minnesotan now living in Brooklyn, this made me smile as I reminisced at both the stories of and in the Midwest, as well as the stories in East and West Egg, the Yale club, and Madison Avenue. A warm, comfy read.

Vinegurl - The Great Gatsby5 star

This book was required reading in high school, unfortunately this fact alone helped me avoid reading it for twenty years. What a mistake! The language and prose in this story are some of the best ever written. The story although removed from common experience by its wealthy class-conscious subject matter, is essentially very human.

Pancho15 - It's a Classic4 star

A great and timeless novel. An American Classic.

Swagarishi - Impressive5 star

Captivating in its storytelling and the humanity of its characters. Paints a portrait of the landscape of early 20th century bourgeois society with all it's grandeur and glam yet is really able to generate empathy for its characters and justifies their characteristics and traits.

TARYN WILLIAMS - Great gatsby5 star

Greatest novel ever written. I have read this book a hundred times and it never fails to give me chills. I think we all have a little Gatsby in us.

Sbjaljfjfj - Phenomenal5 star

Glad I bought this book. Very interesting, makes you think a lot.

loopandwave - So much more than a love story5 star

I enjoyed Baz Lurman's movie—the expected eye-candy spectacle. But it cheapens the book and its grand themes. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, blah blah blah. The Great Gatsby is a great American novel about ambition, power, class in the era of American ascendancy—erected on the scaffolding of a love story. With Lurman you just get the scaffolding.

Tommckin - The Great Gatsby5 star

Colorful writing and hidden meaning. I have wanted to read this book for over 40 years and am glad that I did. Lop one from the bucket list.

LGDnTX - A different view on a second reading5 star

I remember the fascination with the lifestyle when, as a teenager, I read this novel. Decades later I see the characters as chasing the wind.

Calmangel123 - A great classic5 star

I loved this book!!

D.C. Prime - Sad5 star

Love how morons just read the book in 2013 only because they seen the trailer and 100th remake of the movie, rather than searching through history with our infinite tools to do so. This had like 2 comments and star ratings from the time it came out on iBooks up until the release of this despicable movie(Jake Gyllenhaal, really?) Name another book by Fitz? One of the GREATEST writers you've barely acknowledged. #knowyourworld Sad bandwagon hype riding civilization we are. Ante up.

Clpart - Sometimes hard to follow3 star

I picked this back up years after reading it in high school. I had hoped and assumed that my distaste back then was more so about my lack of interest in homework overall. Well, unfortunately, I still found it to be difficult to read. Definitely not a page turner in my eyes. Hard to follow in many areas. It might just be me, but its not on my list of books I'd like to read again.... And I had hoped it would be.

CartoonLover272727 - Great Gatsby, Indeed5 star

A beautiful written novel that will make you laugh, cry, smile, and be filled with rage. It perfectly captures the 20's era of jazz and romance and is easily the greatest novel of all time. A must read!

Maytte loves to read - The Great Gatsby4 star

It doesn't matter how many times you read this book, you will always fall in love with it all over again!

Klowe568 - Cheaper in the collection.4 star

Great book, but you can get 9 books, including The Great Gatsby in the F. Scott Fitzgerald collection on here for .99. Just some info.

almore1 - The Great Gatsby5 star

Great story!

Dakota VII - It's always a party at Gatsby's5 star

My all-time favorite book. It's a MUST READ.

KDog5953 - Amazing Book5 star

This is one American Classic that I actually enjoyed reading. Ill admit, in the middle of the book, I was indifferent about it but after I finished it, I came to realize what a good book it was. Fantastically written, this book portrays perfectly a man who is helpless without the woman he loves. I am keeping this book and I plan to read it again in the future. I am truly amazed at how good this book was and I hope you can all enjoy it as much as me

BIGMAC92 - No1 star

This book blows. Total waste of time

miamibeachmatt - The Great Gatsby5 star

An American masterpiece. As relevant today as it was 80 years ago if not more so. Literature at its absolute best.

Mainstreamjazz - Great Read!5 star

Just an absolute great read as always. I have read this more than 10 times from Junior High School through now. It never gets old. A must have on the iPad or home library....

Sarah_Smile32 - Love, love, love it!5 star

Just saw the movie and it reminded me why I love the book so much. I read the Great Gatsby in high school and I remember how much I loved it! The enigmatic Jay Gatsby will intrigue you and make you want to know more. I also loved the romantic aspect of Gatsby reinventing himself solely for the woman he loved, Daisy. The tragic and undeserving ending reminds you just what money and greed does to people. Everything about this book is amazing. I agree that you shouldn't read the book just because of the movie. Although, if you have read it, the movie will make you appreciate it more.

Laura M. G. - Perfect5 star

The great gatsby is a literary classic for obvious reasons. I hate to see what the movie does to the book. It's probably going to over do the parties when that's not what the books about. The book is so subtle and so rich and it's not about what happens at the parties but why gatsby has the parties and who he sees there and who talks to and overall what does gatsby need. Because what he needs is daisy and I refuse to see the movie for fear it will ruin the book

heyysweetthang - Awesome5 star

It starts a little slow, but after a few chapters I couldn't put it down. 'Old sport' is definately stuck in my head now.

WeirdsBestFriend - Must Read5 star

You begin a little slow paced, but once you've read through the first two chapters, you're hooked and time flies. You'll want to read it over and over again. My favorite of all time.

Shannon Follwell - Book5 star

I love everything about this book. Amazing ending. Could not set this book down! Finished it in a week!

Ctr45675335 - Amazing5 star

Must read

SPZ113 - Classic4 star

Loved it! Hoped there would be a happy ending, but he was destined for heartache!

Ninni V. - Best Classic5 star

It's one of the best books I've ever read & it's seriously a classic. Despite that the movie is coming out I think people should read the book first, because you'll understand and appreciate it more as a film instead of saying it sucked just because you didn't understand. Otherly than that it's worth the money and time!

Bailee_K - The Great Gatsby5 star

This book is actually great. I read this in the short amount of three days. I could not put this book down at all. I'm glad I read this as a teen, the book really opens your eyes to how times were and how short life can be. My favorite book so far!

Aure19 - I love this book!5 star

It's sad that people have to read it now before the remake comes out in a week. I read it ten years ago in my honors english class and read it almost every year. It's one of my favorite books besides Pride and Prejudice. By the way, the first Great Gatsby movie was with Robert Redford. People should check that one out and read a book because they want to read. Not because of Leonardo DiCaprio is in the movie. Smh. Don't say your reading it because of the movie. Read because you want to. You know the movie is never the same as the book.

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About F. Scott Fitzgerald Wiki

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and short story writer. He was best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age—a term which he popularized. During his lifetime, he published four novels, four collections of short stories, and 164 short stories. Although he temporarily achieved popular success and fortune in the 1920s, Fitzgerald only received wide critical and popular acclaim after his death. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald was born into an upper middle-class family in St. Paul, Minnesota, but was primarily r...

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