Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Great by Sara Benincasa

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In Sara Benincasa's contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle, only to be implicated in a tragedy that shakes the summer community.

Everyone loves a good scandal.

Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother in East Hampton. This year is no different. She sticks out like a sore thumb among the teenagers who have been summering (a verb only the very rich use) together for years. But Naomi finds herself captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. Jacinta has her own reason for drawing close to Naomi-to meet the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather. But 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.

Based on a beloved classic and steeped in Sara Benincasa's darkly comic voice, Great has all the drama, glitz, and romance with a terrific modern (and scandalous) twist to enthrall readers.

Great by Sara Benincasa

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Great(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Naomi is off to spend the summer in the Hamptons with her desperate-to-be-famous Mother, but is about to get more than she bargained for.

Jacinta is the author of a popular fashion blog called ‘The Wanted’, and is renting the house next door to Naomi’s mother’s summer house. She’s nice, and asks to be introduced to Delilah – the daughter of one of Naomi’s mother friends, and also an up-and-coming model.

Jacinta and Delilah seem to be becoming more than friends though, and Naomi isn’t sure how Delilah’s boyfriend is going to feel about that when he finds out.
What secrets is Jacinta hiding though? What is going on between Jacinta and Delilah? And what happens when everything is revealed?

This was an interesting YA tale of one girl’s summer in the Hamptons, and the ending was really surprising.

Naomi was a simple girl, who cared about the things she cared about, and didn’t spend ages obsessing over trends, or trying to make people like her. Even though she didn’t really want to spend the summer in the Hamptons, or wear designer clothes, or make posh friends, she did it to make her mom happy, but didn’t lose her own morals and ideas in the process.

I liked the storyline in this book. Initially I did wonder what the point was, but it was interesting to see the goings on of a group of teens in the Hamptons. When the big things started happening though, boy did they happen! The last 30% of this book was really surprising and good! And I really couldn’t wait to find out what happened.
I felt really sorry for certain parties by the end of this book, and in a way it was really unfair that things ended the way they did. It was also a little disappointing that we didn’t have some kind of epilogue clearing up what happened legally, but I suppose the point was supposed to be about how things turned out socially rather than legally.
Overall I enjoyed this book, and found it quite surprising compared to other contemporary YA stories.
7 out of 10.


  1. I agree that this one started a little slow but got going in the end. I'd read The Great Gatsby, so I thought I might know what would happen, but I wasn't sure.
    Jen @ YA Romantics