New kid Jake Garrett seems to have it all figured out. He's a star athlete, he hosts the best parties, and every girl in school wants to date him. But who is Jake Garrett, really? And why has he gone to all the trouble to reinvent himself?
Gordon Korman's brilliant and intense writing and cutting edge dialogue quickly draw listeners into the adolescent struggle of popularity and acceptance.
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The book is okay. It is high interest and low level reading for high school kids.
Well, it's a poor redo of The Great Gatsby. I would just have left it alone. The Great Gatsby is iconic American literature. Why dumb it down for teens? If they read the original they're better off.
I don't know but this reading is rather flat. I generally do a better job myself when reading aloud... more emotion, reading to the punctuation, etc.
I suppose. I mean, sure, I could have found more productive ways to spend the four hours...
I cannot emphasis enough how much better off a person would be just reading the original story, The Great Gatsby. It's the same ideas... but Fitzgerald was just a better writer. Here the characters are so flat, unlovable. These teens are empty shells not real people. Tom and Daisy are just more believable, you can actually feel for them. I found myself rolling my eyes quite a bit with this reinvented story.
- Happy Momma