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A gorgeously illustrated, first-ever graphic novel adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved American classic. First published in 1925, The Great Gatsby has been acclaimed by generations of readers and is now reimagined in stunning graphic novel form. Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Daisy Buchanan, and the rest of the cast are captured in vivid and evocative illustrations by a A gorgeously illustrated, first-ever graphic novel adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved American classic. First published in 1925, The Great Gatsby has been acclaimed by generations of readers and is now reimagined in stunning graphic novel form. Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Daisy Buchanan, and the rest of the cast are captured in vivid and evocative illustrations by artist Aya Morton. The iconic text has been artfully distilled by Fred Fordham, who also adapted the graphic novel edition of To Kill a Mockingbird. Blake Hazard, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great-granddaughter, contributes a personal introduction. This quintessential Jazz Age tale stands as the supreme achievement of Fitzgerald’s career and is a true classic of 20th-century literature. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy is exquisitely captured in this enchanting and unique edition.


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A gorgeously illustrated, first-ever graphic novel adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved American classic. First published in 1925, The Great Gatsby has been acclaimed by generations of readers and is now reimagined in stunning graphic novel form. Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Daisy Buchanan, and the rest of the cast are captured in vivid and evocative illustrations by a A gorgeously illustrated, first-ever graphic novel adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved American classic. First published in 1925, The Great Gatsby has been acclaimed by generations of readers and is now reimagined in stunning graphic novel form. Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Daisy Buchanan, and the rest of the cast are captured in vivid and evocative illustrations by artist Aya Morton. The iconic text has been artfully distilled by Fred Fordham, who also adapted the graphic novel edition of To Kill a Mockingbird. Blake Hazard, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great-granddaughter, contributes a personal introduction. This quintessential Jazz Age tale stands as the supreme achievement of Fitzgerald’s career and is a true classic of 20th-century literature. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy is exquisitely captured in this enchanting and unique edition.

30 review for The Great Gatsby: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    3.5. "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy----they smashed Up things and creatures and then retreated back to their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made------- I'm not a big graphic novel reader, in fact I've read so few I know this is only my fifth endeavor. I enjoyed it, the illustrations were gorgeous, soft pastels and I did get the feel of the time period. Of course, one doesn't get the depth of 3.5. "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy----they smashed Up things and creatures and then retreated back to their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made------- I'm not a big graphic novel reader, in fact I've read so few I know this is only my fifth endeavor. I enjoyed it, the illustrations were gorgeous, soft pastels and I did get the feel of the time period. Of course, one doesn't get the depth of the novel, but this rendering did a good job of condensing the story but giving enough so one receives the bones of the story. I was afraid the emotion would be lacking,and while not as intense, it was still there. Think this was well done. May try another graphic of a classic, much better than the cliff notes that we had to waddle through. ARC from Scribner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Artisan Geek

    6/7/20 Surprisingly, I feel rather indifferent to this one. The art fit the story perfectly and it held my attention long enough to finish the story. Now having seen the movie and read the graphic novel, I'm not too sure if I'd still be interested in reading the entire novel, but who knows? Perhaps if I try and read more of Fitzgerald's work. 5/7/20 Scribner was so kind to gift me a copy of the graphic novel :) I haven't read the novel, but I have watch the movie adaptation and read a chunk of lett 6/7/20 Surprisingly, I feel rather indifferent to this one. The art fit the story perfectly and it held my attention long enough to finish the story. Now having seen the movie and read the graphic novel, I'm not too sure if I'd still be interested in reading the entire novel, but who knows? Perhaps if I try and read more of Fitzgerald's work. 5/7/20 Scribner was so kind to gift me a copy of the graphic novel :) I haven't read the novel, but I have watch the movie adaptation and read a chunk of letters exchanged between Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website | The Storygraph

  3. 4 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    I always love seeing different renditions of The Great Gatsby, one of my favorite classic novels ever. I love revisiting the story and seeing how people interpret a story I’m so familiar with. This graphic novel was very similar to the 2013 adaptation in terms of aesthetic and the way the story is structured in a swift way that feels as though the story is full of jump-cute between scenes, moving quickly from one setting to the next. The art style is beautifully colored with pastels and has a qu I always love seeing different renditions of The Great Gatsby, one of my favorite classic novels ever. I love revisiting the story and seeing how people interpret a story I’m so familiar with. This graphic novel was very similar to the 2013 adaptation in terms of aesthetic and the way the story is structured in a swift way that feels as though the story is full of jump-cute between scenes, moving quickly from one setting to the next. The art style is beautifully colored with pastels and has a quintessential 20s art style that encompassed the mood of the story very well— although I do wish the characters’ facial expressions were more pronounced and there was more diversity in skin tones and facial structures because Tom, Gatsby, and Nick looked too similar to one another. I would say, if one hasn’t read The Great Gatsby, they wouldn’t get the full effect and appeal of the story from this graphic novel because it is choppy and sometimes the dialogue didn’t flow as well as it did as a full-fledged novel, but I enjoyed returning back to the storyline in a different medium because I am so familiar with it. There are pros and cons to this adaptation. I enjoyed it simply for the ability to see a favorite story of mine through another lens.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Fred Fordham does a good job of distilling an American classic to the drawn page. I still would suggest reading the original first but this is a good followup for fans of the source material. Aya Morton's art has a look reminiscent of the 1920's. The pale colors and simple faces remind me of advertisements or movie posters of the time. Received a review copy from Scribner and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. It was very nice to see this great and famous American classic turned into a graphic novel. I appreciated how faithful this book was to the original material and also how some quotes of the book were actually included here. I expected a little more from the art, even though it was all drawn very nicely I would have preferred to see more vibrant colors instead of the ones that were chosen, but that The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. It was very nice to see this great and famous American classic turned into a graphic novel. I appreciated how faithful this book was to the original material and also how some quotes of the book were actually included here. I expected a little more from the art, even though it was all drawn very nicely I would have preferred to see more vibrant colors instead of the ones that were chosen, but that's just a personal preference.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gerardine Betancourt

    Thank you so much to edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for received this beautiful and gorgeous Arc I'm so happy and blessed right now. This novel never gets old. The artist's illustrations were beautiful. If you are new to this story or if you already know everything about Gatsby, I recommend that you grab this beauty because i know I'll will. Thank you so much to edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for received this beautiful and gorgeous Arc I'm so happy and blessed right now. This novel never gets old. The artist's illustrations were beautiful. If you are new to this story or if you already know everything about Gatsby, I recommend that you grab this beauty because i know I'll will.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    I love THE GREAT GATSBY and when I saw Scribner was releasing this one on June 30th, I had to have it. I’ll get my preorder in here shortly, but until then all I have to say is that if you’re a lover of Gatsby you’re going to want this. The art style and coloring is so tasteful and beautiful. The attention to detail is incredible (minus the characters faces… don’t ask me what it is but I was not a fan of it.) Everything else, yes. What I really loved was how true to the original it was without b I love THE GREAT GATSBY and when I saw Scribner was releasing this one on June 30th, I had to have it. I’ll get my preorder in here shortly, but until then all I have to say is that if you’re a lover of Gatsby you’re going to want this. The art style and coloring is so tasteful and beautiful. The attention to detail is incredible (minus the characters faces… don’t ask me what it is but I was not a fan of it.) Everything else, yes. What I really loved was how true to the original it was without being an exact replica. Included within the new text are some of the original lines too and the lines chosen were perfect. They made my heart flutter and reignited my love for this novel. It’s by no means a replacement, but it held its own. I’ll be happy to have this gem on my shelf. I think the finished product will be even more stunning.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I teach "The Great Gatsby" every year I teach juniors. I find the language rich, the story and setting engaging, and the themes/social commentary particularly useful in the classroom. The text can be challenging for a small group of students, so I've been dying to get my hands on a decent graphic novel version. And 2020 has blessed us with two! Where this graphic novel differs from others is its inclusion of a decent chunk of the text from the original novel As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I teach "The Great Gatsby" every year I teach juniors. I find the language rich, the story and setting engaging, and the themes/social commentary particularly useful in the classroom. The text can be challenging for a small group of students, so I've been dying to get my hands on a decent graphic novel version. And 2020 has blessed us with two! Where this graphic novel differs from others is its inclusion of a decent chunk of the text from the original novel. I was surprised to see what made the cut, and shocked to see not much didn't. This is particularly helpful in a classroom setting when teaching graphic novels; too often I find myself having to sacrifice too much of the original text to make it worthwhile teaching it in this format. I think this version balances what teachers (and lovers of the original text) need and want with the genre format well. Where this book didn't work for me was the art. With exception of a few beautiful splash pages, I found the art didn't intrigue me or enhance the story in any way. There were a lot of missed opportunities from the textual imagery to the visual imagery, and some missteps (eyes of T.J. Eckleberg were pretty bizarre). The character faces were flat (perhaps reflecting their characters, but I'm guessing not), and I couldn't stop seeing Daisy's character as an exact replica of Princess Di. I think this would work well for students who struggle with understanding the text of the novel form in a clear way. I can foresee many English teachers being happy with this compromise and willing to adapt it for their curriculum

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    For those who like pictures with their stories, this retelling of the Great Gatsby will deftly bring readers into Gatsby's world. The characters and the feel of the time period come to life with beautiful illustrations and a compelling, well written story. Highly recommend this for classic and graphic novel lovers. – Jennifer K.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    The artwork was stunning and didn’t overshadow the beauty of the language Fitzgerald has written. Staying true to the original novel, this graphic adaptation is extremely well done. The colors used were very muted which made it feel very classic and not too modern or comic book-esque.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I'm not a fan of the original novel, but I thought I'd give this a go since it turned up at the local library. I shouldn't have bothered. Even in graphic novel format this book is filled with one of the most unlikable cast of characters I've come across. What a bunch of losers. Art, color palette, fonts -- none of them were particularly appealing either, though that could just be my mind souring on them due to their relation to this story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate Crabtree

    3.5. It’s not perfect, but it’s a lovey rendition of The Great Gatsby and simplifies the plot quite nicely while including most of the memorable phrases we all remember from the novel. The artwork is stunning.

  13. 5 out of 5

    R.

    Uncanny Valley of Ashes There was something flat, uninspired about the otherwise prettily colored illustrations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I always love the story of Gatsby, and this was a quick way to revisit that. I had trouble telling the male characters apart. They all looked so similar and I found that frustrating.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Great Gatsby is one of my all-time favorites. So, to read an adaptation? Well, I was reluctant. But I won a copy in a Shelf Awareness/Library Journal giveaway (that I don’t ever remember entering!). And, my reading slump feels so overwhelming at this point, a graphic novel was a good way to at least jump-start some kind of reading. Despite the “pared down” bit that is necessary in a graphic novel format, I still felt like I was reading Fitzgerald’s work. Text adaptor Fred Fordham did a master The Great Gatsby is one of my all-time favorites. So, to read an adaptation? Well, I was reluctant. But I won a copy in a Shelf Awareness/Library Journal giveaway (that I don’t ever remember entering!). And, my reading slump feels so overwhelming at this point, a graphic novel was a good way to at least jump-start some kind of reading. Despite the “pared down” bit that is necessary in a graphic novel format, I still felt like I was reading Fitzgerald’s work. Text adaptor Fred Fordham did a masterful job using just-the-right-bits of Fitzgerald’s gorgeous, lyrical prose. I knew this was an A#1 work when I had the same emotions, tingles, love that I do when reading the original work. My only qualm was the artwork. While I loved the muted coloring, I was increasingly frustrated with the way-too-similar male characters. During the scene in the Plaza, I actually had to reread and really look to see who was who. Not good. It took me out of the story. And, I have read the source material. Can you imagine the struggle for someone who is reading the story for the first time? Then, after looking at Fred Fordham’s website and seeing he did the complete adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, I wonder why he did not do this one as well. The foreword by Fitzgerald’s great-great-granddaughter offered an explanation: a long, exhaustive search for the artist. But did the exhaustive search include Fordham’s work? I’m just puzzled. So, despite the artwork hiccup, I would highly recommend this graphic novel. I thank Mr. Fordham for giving me a beautiful work to, hopefully, ease myself out of a reading slump.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    It's hard to rate this one. I've always thought Gatsby was a well written novel and I've actually read it multiple times. The graphics, however, were quite dull. I expected more. So 5 stars for the story and 3 for the illustrations!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    There’s something about this graphic rendition that achieves the underlying pathos of the original classic. The balance of illustrations to text is incredibly effective, drawing the reader further and further into the story and leaving haunting impressions along the way. Newcomers to Fitzgerald’s account of Nick, Daisy, Tom, and Gatsby as well as veteran readers will find a rich interpretation here to consider alongside their own. Ultimately, it is a unique and beautiful work of art. Thank you to There’s something about this graphic rendition that achieves the underlying pathos of the original classic. The balance of illustrations to text is incredibly effective, drawing the reader further and further into the story and leaving haunting impressions along the way. Newcomers to Fitzgerald’s account of Nick, Daisy, Tom, and Gatsby as well as veteran readers will find a rich interpretation here to consider alongside their own. Ultimately, it is a unique and beautiful work of art. Thank you to NetGalley and Scribner Press for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    A fun adaptation of one of my all time favorite novels. I enjoy seeing the classics adapted into graphic novels, and this one was no exception. Fordham did well adapting the text, preserving the spirit of the original novel while distilling it down to what fits with telling the story via this form of media. It’s not a substitute for reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great novel (I’d recommend doing so before reading this if you haven’t already), but it’s a fun and fresh take for those who hold the b A fun adaptation of one of my all time favorite novels. I enjoy seeing the classics adapted into graphic novels, and this one was no exception. Fordham did well adapting the text, preserving the spirit of the original novel while distilling it down to what fits with telling the story via this form of media. It’s not a substitute for reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great novel (I’d recommend doing so before reading this if you haven’t already), but it’s a fun and fresh take for those who hold the book dear. The feel and spirit of the art is good—The color palette, deco-esque style, and small details are evocative of the world of the original novel. The facial renderings, however, are cringily bad. Morton did alright with hair, bodies, eyes, but the mouths and noses and facial structure of the characters are terribly homogenous and childish in a way that doesn’t feel appropriately intentional or charming. In other words, that component of the art is just poorly done, and it distracts from the more positive elements of the art and as a result from the graphic novel as a whole. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'The Great Gatsby: The Graphic Novel' by F. Scott Fitzgerald with adaptation by Fred Fordham and art by Aya Morton is based on the classic novel. Nick Carraway moves to a new house, near his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and becomes involved in intrigue surrounding his wealthy new neighbor, Jay Gatsby. There are lots of sparkling parties, and even a few tragedies, but it all hides some secrets that go back years. I've not read an adaptation of this novel before, but I know there is at least one. This on 'The Great Gatsby: The Graphic Novel' by F. Scott Fitzgerald with adaptation by Fred Fordham and art by Aya Morton is based on the classic novel. Nick Carraway moves to a new house, near his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and becomes involved in intrigue surrounding his wealthy new neighbor, Jay Gatsby. There are lots of sparkling parties, and even a few tragedies, but it all hides some secrets that go back years. I've not read an adaptation of this novel before, but I know there is at least one. This one seems to distill the novel pretty well. The art wasn't my favorite at first, but I realized the author was doing a jazz age kind of style and I liked it better. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Scribner and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    This was a great recreation of the original classic! Thanks again to NetGalley and Scribner for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for feedback. This graphic novel provided a great illustrated version of the classic that I’ve both read and watched. I know of Fred Fordham’s other work with another great take on a classic, so I was excited to see what his take on Gatsby would look like. I was taken back in time with Gatsby, Nick, Daisy, and everyone else and was reintroduced to the famous li This was a great recreation of the original classic! Thanks again to NetGalley and Scribner for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for feedback. This graphic novel provided a great illustrated version of the classic that I’ve both read and watched. I know of Fred Fordham’s other work with another great take on a classic, so I was excited to see what his take on Gatsby would look like. I was taken back in time with Gatsby, Nick, Daisy, and everyone else and was reintroduced to the famous lines that we all know and love. If you haven’t read the original book, you should give it a try and then check this one out! I know what was going to happen, but this graphic novel made it interesting for me the entire way through ☺️

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (aka WW)

    (4.5 stars) I wouldn’t call myself a fan of The Great Gatsby. I find the novel depressing. But I love graphic adaptations of famous books and this one is from the same team that recently produced a graphic version of To Kill a Mockingbird, which I really liked. I have to say that I liked graphic Gatsby better than the original. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful and capture the mood of the story quite well. I still found it depressing, but I felt more connected to the story in graphic fo (4.5 stars) I wouldn’t call myself a fan of The Great Gatsby. I find the novel depressing. But I love graphic adaptations of famous books and this one is from the same team that recently produced a graphic version of To Kill a Mockingbird, which I really liked. I have to say that I liked graphic Gatsby better than the original. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful and capture the mood of the story quite well. I still found it depressing, but I felt more connected to the story in graphic form. This would make for a good introduction to Gatsby, as well as a different way of experiencing the book for those already familiar with it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    I should preface this by saying that I don’t particularly like “The Great Gatsby” and I never quite understood how it was dubbed the great American novel. With that said, I thought I’d give this graphic novel a chance since it can always visually aid in a reader’s understanding of the plot. While I liked the art style, my biggest gripe in the art is that every male character looked the same and it was difficult to decipher who Nick, Gatsby, and Tom were when they were all in the same frame. I st I should preface this by saying that I don’t particularly like “The Great Gatsby” and I never quite understood how it was dubbed the great American novel. With that said, I thought I’d give this graphic novel a chance since it can always visually aid in a reader’s understanding of the plot. While I liked the art style, my biggest gripe in the art is that every male character looked the same and it was difficult to decipher who Nick, Gatsby, and Tom were when they were all in the same frame. I still don’t like TGG as a whole (vapid socialites who ruin everything they touch without any remorse...exhausting) but I can appreciate this graphic novel.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Evans

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an arc for review. It was nice to see this classic adapted into a graphic novel. It is not a substitute for the original, but rather a good addition for those who are looking for a fresh take on a story that they love and appreciate. Although the art style is not my favorite or my personal preference, I think it captured the style and essence of the time period well. I think this would be a very useful tool in the classroom as supplemental material for Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an arc for review. It was nice to see this classic adapted into a graphic novel. It is not a substitute for the original, but rather a good addition for those who are looking for a fresh take on a story that they love and appreciate. Although the art style is not my favorite or my personal preference, I think it captured the style and essence of the time period well. I think this would be a very useful tool in the classroom as supplemental material for students who are learning The Great Gatsby or for long-time fans of the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Wood

    I enjoyed seeing a favorite novel put into graphic format. Since this was an ebook format the spots where the dialogue should have gone were blank and they were on a separate page. It made it super hard to follow along. The illustrations were so beautiful. I love the era this book was set in and the illustrator did an amazing job.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Richie

    I’ve read The Great Gatsby a lot and this adaptation is done well enough. All the elements of the story are there, enough text to get the gist even if you haven’t read it. But the magic really lies in Fitzgerald’s words and pacing. The art is pretty, but as others complained, the homogenous faces make this rendition a little bland. Some characters that are described more specifically, or even ugly (thinking of Wolfshiem), are very sleek and pretty in this. That’s a little boring. But overall fun I’ve read The Great Gatsby a lot and this adaptation is done well enough. All the elements of the story are there, enough text to get the gist even if you haven’t read it. But the magic really lies in Fitzgerald’s words and pacing. The art is pretty, but as others complained, the homogenous faces make this rendition a little bland. Some characters that are described more specifically, or even ugly (thinking of Wolfshiem), are very sleek and pretty in this. That’s a little boring. But overall fun for a Gatsby fan.

  26. 4 out of 5

    MeganRuth - Alohamora Open a Book

    I’ve never been a fan of this classic read, but felt I should have a refresher. The muted colors definitely fit the right vibe of The Great Gatsby. It’s a well done graphic novel adaptation. The lower rating is mostly bc I don’t love the story. “I’m thirty. I’m five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor.” Pg197 I’ve never been a fan of this classic read, but felt I should have a refresher. The muted colors definitely fit the right vibe of The Great Gatsby<\i>. It’s a well done graphic novel adaptation. The lower rating is mostly bc I don’t love the story. “I’m thirty. I’m five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor.” Pg197

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Ball

    This is a beautiful graphic novel adaptation of Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” This is a longer form adaptation, and it cannot be all that the novel is, but it is unexpectedly thorough, and a great way to revisit this story and Jay and Daisy and Nick and Tom. The artwork is was unsure of at first, but when it finds its stride, it’s a brilliant way to look at this story; with art that seems as if it could have walked out of the world of the novel’s original iconic cover. Very worth reading!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Smith

    Didn’t like it at all! Very confusing and hard to follow. Nobody is like able and it’s depressing. (Did like the art work.)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kricket

    A lovely adaptation with perfect artwork.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Krianna

    3.5 stars

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