While many people are rich in the West Egg, a part of the world that is mostly opposite from the East Egg, the richest is an immigrant from the East Egg named Jay Gatsby who throws the absolute best parties. For school, I read a short biography about F. Scott Fitzgerald and how he threw parties too after striking it rich with some of his books, and I can see why he's want to write a story like this. The main character and narrator is Gatsby's neighbour, Nick Carraway, and Gatsby ends up calling him "old sport" for short and really gets to know him during a party. He then asks for Nick to ask Gatsby's other neighbour, Daisy Buchanan, out for tea, and later more and more, we learn from Nick's lover Jordan that Daisy is a giant part of Gatsby's life, even though she's already married to a man named Tom. I won't spoil the whole concept of the book, but I didn't really buy this because out of all the people Gatsby could fall in love with, it had to be a girl who never showed up to any of his drive-by-and-you're-welcomed-in parties and one he knows nothing about?
There is also an element of failure in it, which is very symbolic to the American Dream, how some people are all yap and no zap (pun from Happily N'ever After.), even after picking out everything perfectly. My only question is: why would you write that? I like books that have happy endings or at least have a reason to be told, as the villain gets his comeuppance. This book has none of that, except the reason to be told, but you get my drift. The nine chapters were long and hard to get through, as hardly anything was intriguing or coherent enough for me to get a perfect picture. Maybe this book had to be written to explain not everything can go your way, but I'd avoid this book if I were you. Alas, you may not have a choice later on in high school.
But you may enjoy it more than me. Several of my classmates said they like this book more than their general English read. If you want to hear a more positive feedback, ask one of them. But if I could time travel back in time and talk to myself before picking up this book, my brief synopsis would be "Any terrific idea - such as Gatsby being a great main character and a few nice discussions - have a cage of vomit from the party barring your accessing it.