Here is an essay I wrote on Gatsby just over three years ago, in high school. I am publishing it for comparison purposes- it’s interesting to see how my style has changed over the years. I think I’ve gotten a lot better since then. (: But if you’re curious how I wrote essays about the book when I hated it, read on.
Here is an essay I wrote for an English class in college. It basically explains how I saw Gatsby and Daisy and why their relationship would not have worked. The assignment limited me to chapter 3, but obviously I had to use more than just that.
This review has been updated and re-published! I used to think of it as one-star, and now I rate it five. Find out why I changed my mind!
Main points This book was a trip. I’ve read the author before, and liked her work, but this was something quite different. The story was, anyway. It’s difficult to describe as anything other than a trippy experience, because it felt like everyone was literally crazy or just full of secrets and lying about everything. Sometimes a mixture of both. And it felt that way because that’s exactly what was happening. I kept waiting for someone to be perfectly innocent and forthcoming, but it seemed that that didn’t happen. I don’t know how everyone who wasn’t […]
Main points I SUPER LOVED this book. It was everything I was looking for in a period drama. It was such a great blend of romance, mystery, and historical quotidian. It’s one of those books that reminds me just how much I want to live in this era. The language took some getting used to but I loved it all the same. I wish we all spoke like that. I do sometimes, but it’s easy to forget when no one else does. I did learn several new (archaic) words as well. Really, though, it’s probably […]
Main points I particularly enjoyed this one. Action romance indeed. I usually enjoy these kinds of stories, especially the hate-to-love sort of thing. I think it’s hard for most people to resist that. I guess that’s as good a place to start as any. The important thing to note is that it wasn’t too fast. Too often, authors know that we really just want them to get into it already, so maybe by around halfway (if not sooner) things start changing. But not here. No, things didn’t really pick up until well into the three-quarter […]
Main points This book was REALLY good. Oh man, I have so much to say. I hope I remember it all. Okay, the story was excellent. It wasn’t entirely without plot holes (some of which I could fill in myself using logic, but not all) but it was mostly just really cool. Some of the smaller details really added to the story. In fact, I think all of them did. The fact that the Jessas shared memories when they Traveled, some things that Danny said that were strangely poignant or important, the subtle differences between […]
Main points This book was super good. I’d say it didn’t suffer from Second Book Syndrome at all. To be fair, I didn’t remember too much of the first one, but bits and pieces came back to me as I read this one. I had forgotten just how character-driven it was. Seriously, the dynamic between them was almost more intriguing than the plot. It was just all over the place. Trust was mixed with distrust so frequently, and even when people made up it didn’t feel genuine. A lot of the “steamy scenes” didn’t feel […]
Main points I really liked this book. The writing was good, and the story was interesting. In a short time I grew to be very invested in the families, all of them. I think it was how they were described as people, because it wasn’t long enough to get to know them truly or see any development, but they were described as very loving, strong, family-oriented people. It was easy to believe because of their actions. They were so emotional but still rational in the face of all the tragedy. I loved how the Indian […]
Main point This book was pretty all right. It was informative. I liked the presentation. The first section is short summaries of news articles throughout the decade. The middle section is all about Frank Capra. The last section is about Shirley Temple. I recognized some names, but didn’t know most. Still, it inspired me to check out a few old movies. I had already been familiar with Shirley Temple (I basically idolize her) so it was cool to read about how she became so famous. And reading about Capra’s movies made me want to watch […]