Honestly, until the movie came out I wasn't in a hurry to read it. A couple years ago I made the decision to broaden my horizons and branch out from the usual authors to read the classics I should have read years ago. I much prefer to read the books before I see the movies so I grabbed it up (for a great deal I might add) and read it.
Reading it didn't take me long. Figuring out what I felt about it took a whole lot longer. I felt like I was on the outside, being forced to watch something, and having no idea what to feel about it. There was so little to the story, but so much all at once that I didn't know what to focus on. It felt like everyone was talking about a party they went to around me and I just had to sit there and wait till they talked about something I could be a part of.
I didn't dislike it. I honestly didn't know what to say about it at first, but I know I didn't hate it. I was pretty sure I liked it, but I was still having mixed feelings.
With the movie coming out around this time there were articles online full of bits and pieces of the life and motivation of F. Scott Fitzgerald to write this book. The more I learned the more I started to appreciate this story and what it meant to him. It's like the pieces were clicking into place.
I have the movie and I've watched it many times. I think that the movie might do a better job of telling the story then the book does, but that's just me. Besides, Leonardo DiCaprio is just.... yeah.
Recommendation: You are doing yourself a disservice by not having read this book yourself. Classics are meant to be experienced. Plus, it's pretty darn good!
Thank you for reading!