Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: Great - Sara Benincasa

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 2 stars  
Cover Rating: 3 stars (Meh.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 263 p.
Add it: Goodreads

Naomi doesn't enjoy spending her summers in the Hamptons with her mother. She'd much rather stay home and study for the SATs. Everyone else is mega rich and while Naomi's mother embraces that lifestyle, Naomi herself shuns it. Then she meets the girl next door, who is anything but the typical girl next door. Jacinta invites Naomi to hang out with her, and even though it's to get closer to Delilah (someone who Naomi's mother forces her together with) Naomi finds herself fascinated with the mystery of Jacinta. But most mysteries don't stay mysteries for too long and worlds can crumble will secrets escape.

I was so excited for this one and was quite disappointed with what I got. I suppose if you haven't read The Great Gatsby you might enjoy this because it will be a while new story for you. I just felt like this was far too close of a re-telling to actually hold my interest. I just guess I wanted the author to do more with this. I wanted this story to be larger than life and it was just regular sized.

There weren't really any characters that I found myself liking and that makes it hard to really enjoy a book.

All in all I just found this title to be a bit lackluster. I enjoyed the big changes that were made, but there were not nearly enough for me to be super excited about this one.

First Line:
"My dad, who did all the heavy lifting when it came to child rearing and was far better suited to the job than my mother, gave me some good wisdom after my first summer away in East Hampton."

Favorite Line:
"She didn't look like the type who could generate scorn, but if she was anything like every other girl I'd met during my East Hampton summers, scorn was her second-favorite feeling, after boredom."

1 comment:

  1. Oh no, what a shame :( I like Sara's writing online, so I've been wanting to check this out, but I have read mixed reviews so far

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist


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