Though his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, takes residence in the East with polo player Tom Buchanan, Carraway is a neighbor to the mysterious and enigmatic millionaire Jay Gatsby, and hosts many lavish galas that he himself does not attend. As the story unfolds and Carraway begins to traverse the city with Tom Buchanan and Gatsby, various truths are revealed and others kept quiet, leading to an enlightening ending for our narrator, concluding that he, and the rest of the characters, are unsuited for the Eastern life they were attempting to live.

The Great Gatsby, an American classic, is a quick read with a riveting storyline. Written in the Jazz Age, Fitzgerald perfectly captures the eccentricity of New York City, bringing out the truths of each character in this dazzling setting. As a result, the character development, or lack thereof, in each person is what makes The Great Gatsby the sensational novel it is. Each chapter contains a new truth or realization that Nick Carraway comes to, all culminating in the surprising events at the end that leaves readers shocked. Overall, the fast pacing of the book and perspective of the narrator, someone completely new to the lives of West and East Egg, make this book a riveting read that many should be able to enjoy.

I would recommend this book to any reader that is a fan of classics but does not often enjoy the length and slowness of some books in that category. Although this book may not have the thrill and excitability that more modern books have, it provides interesting twists and a new perspective into lives that many people currently reading this book may not be aware of.