The Great Gatsby

From  Alexus  Haddad

Title:  The Great Gatsby

Author:  F. Scott Fitzgerald

 A 1920s era setting in Long Island, NY. This is an amazing novel that tells of the corruption and looseness of the Roaring Twenties. Jay Gatsby wants to fall back in love with his one true love, Daisy Buchanan. However, Daisy is married to a Yale polo player. As time goes on, we find out about Daisy’s and Gatsby’s “adventures” together when they were young.

Great Expectations

From Terry DelBalso

Title:  Great Expectations

Author:  Charles Dickens

This was such a beautiful coming of age book about relationships and a young boy named Pip growing up and experiencing the beauties and challenges of life. Throughout the entire book I could almost feel his emotions and became close with those he loved and disliked those characters I thought were bad. It truly felt as though I was in the moment with him watching him grow.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

From Grace Segers 
Title:  Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Author:  Eugene O’Neill
 This play, which spans the day in the life of a dysfunctional family, just might be one of the most ridiculously depressing things that I have ever read. It’s an easy read, nicely written, but it is extremely heart wrenching and personal. The play is, in fact, semi-autobiographical, which serves the purpose of making the reader feel extremely, extremely bad for the author. It is very good, but it is not feel-good.

The Diary of a Young Girl

From Catherine Costanzo
author: Frank, Anne
 The Diary of a Young Girl
A true story as you know — but a classic tale of a young girl and her family as they are “hidden” during world war II.  Anne keeps a diary about their day to day trials and events, and one can see the young girl that she is, as well as sometimes an adult insight into what is happening to the family.

The Great Gatsby

From Julie Rosslee
author: Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby
I haven’t read this text in years and it was such a thrill to be able to pick it up and fall in love with Fitzerald’s story once again.  Reading this as a teenager, I may have been naive about several of the characters’ identity crisis and transformations, but now, seeing it through the eyes of adult, I truly appreciate the full essence of each of the characters, especially Gatsby.