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Everyone loves a good scandal.

Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother at her East Hampton home. And this year is no different. Naomi sticks out like a sore thumb with her Chicago accent and her Doc Martens, and she has no patience for the snooty sons and daughters of the mega rich.

But despite her reluctance to join the lavish social circle, Naomi is captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. The extravagant parties Jacinta throws are the social events of the summer, and loner Naomi suddenly finds herself with not only a new best friend but a possibly-could-be-probably boyfriend. But Jacinta has her own reasons for drawing close to Naomi, and they include the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather, a family friend of Naomi's and Upper East Side royalty.

As the summer days slip by, Naomi discovers that Jacinta's carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape.

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"Adult author and comedian Benincasa (Agorafabulous!) gives The Great Gatsby a biting, genderbent twist in her first book for teens. Standing in for narrator Nick Carraway is Naomi Rye (get it?), a quick-witted 17-year-old who is begrudgingly spending another summer in the Hamptons with her social-climbing, Food Network star mother. Naomi is more comfortable in combat boots than Ferragamo, but she's quickly drawn into a glamorous world of parties and drama when she's befriended by neighbor Jacinta Trimalchio, the enigmatic teenage founder of TheWanted.com, the fashion blog every girl wants to be seen on. While Naomi learns to enjoy the newfound attention, it becomes clear that Jacinta needs her to get to up-and-coming model Delilah Fairweather, the novel's Daisy stand-in. In many ways, this is a very faithful retelling, and any readers who have completed ninth-grade English (or caught the recent Baz Luhrmann film) will have as much fun picking out the parallels and allusions as Benincasa clearly did creating them. And, yes, there's even a green light on a dock — the charging dock for Jacinta's laptop. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Scott Mendel, Mendel Media Group." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In this contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, by comedian Sara Benincasa, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the romance and drama of a Hamptons social circle and is implicated in a scandal that shakes the summer community.

When Naomi Rye arrives in the Hamptons to spend the summer with her socialite mother, she fully expects to be miserable mingling with the sons and daughters of her mother's mega-rich friends. Yet Naomi finds herself unexpectedly drawn to her mysterious and beautiful next-door neighbor, Jacinta, a Hamptons "It" girl who throws wild, lavish parties that are the talk of the town. But Jacinta is hiding something big, and events unfold with tragic consequences.

About the Author

Sara Benincasa is a popular comedian, writer, and blogger as well as the creator of the one-woman show Agorafabulous! She frequently contributes opinion pieces to XOJane.com, CNN.com, and Wonkette.com. She hosts the Web series Gettin' Wet with Sara Benincasa and travels the country to speakabout mental illness at universities and conferences. She lives in Los Angeles.

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The Lost Entwife, March 12, 2014 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
The Great Gatsby is one of my all-time favorite "classic" reads. I know it's totally cliche, but such a small book packs such a punch, every time I read it I get something new and fresh and different from the story. It embodies everything about the 20's that I love and tacks on some other scintillating topics as well: lust, secrets, murder, lavishness, drama...you name it, it's in the story. That's why, when I saw that Sara Benincasa was doing a 21st century retelling of the story of Gatsby with Great, I jumped at the opportunity to read it. I've had some luck recently with classic re-tellings and figured this might just continue my streak.

I'm happy to report that I was completely obsessed with Great. It's not that it was a perfect re-telling ... it's hard to write something as perfect as the original, but it definitely grabbed my attention in a very Gossip Girl/Pretty Little Liars way. I couldn't put it down. I was completely caught up in the story of Naomi Rye - child of divorced parents, her father a blue-collar worker in Chicago and her mother a self-made millionaire through her own line of recipes and a cooking show. Naomi starts the story on her way out to visit her mother in the Hamptons and, of course, hooks up with the elite set, helicopters and all. She settles in for yet another boring summer but notices something happening next door...and from there the story takes over.

Benincasa uses all of the tools of the 21st century to bring the story to life. From blogging to self-made millionaires, fashion to mixing of the classes (in a modern day setting), and even throwing in a twist on the sexuality of one of the primary characters, it all works. My only big gripe is Naomi's best friend back in Chicago. Benincasa really puts her in a box, giving her all the stereotypical characteristics of a lesbian teenager. I was disappointed by the portrayal and wish that Benincasa would have treated the friend back in Chicago (for the life of me, I cannot remember her name right now but I remember hating it too) much like she treated some of the other characters in the book.

Still, Great is a worthy retelling of a classic. It'll be interesting to go back and re-read The Great Gatsby now that I've seen it through another set of eyes.
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ISBN:
9780062222695
Author:
Benincasa, Sara
Publisher:
Harper Teen
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Adult author and comedian Benincasa (Agorafabulous!) gives The Great Gatsby a biting, genderbent twist in her first book for teens. Standing in for narrator Nick Carraway is Naomi Rye (get it?), a quick-witted 17-year-old who is begrudgingly spending another summer in the Hamptons with her social-climbing, Food Network star mother. Naomi is more comfortable in combat boots than Ferragamo, but she's quickly drawn into a glamorous world of parties and drama when she's befriended by neighbor Jacinta Trimalchio, the enigmatic teenage founder of TheWanted.com, the fashion blog every girl wants to be seen on. While Naomi learns to enjoy the newfound attention, it becomes clear that Jacinta needs her to get to up-and-coming model Delilah Fairweather, the novel's Daisy stand-in. In many ways, this is a very faithful retelling, and any readers who have completed ninth-grade English (or caught the recent Baz Luhrmann film) will have as much fun picking out the parallels and allusions as Benincasa clearly did creating them. And, yes, there's even a green light on a dock — the charging dock for Jacinta's laptop. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Scott Mendel, Mendel Media Group." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , In this contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, by comedian Sara Benincasa, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the romance and drama of a Hamptons social circle and is implicated in a scandal that shakes the summer community.

When Naomi Rye arrives in the Hamptons to spend the summer with her socialite mother, she fully expects to be miserable mingling with the sons and daughters of her mother's mega-rich friends. Yet Naomi finds herself unexpectedly drawn to her mysterious and beautiful next-door neighbor, Jacinta, a Hamptons "It" girl who throws wild, lavish parties that are the talk of the town. But Jacinta is hiding something big, and events unfold with tragic consequences.

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