Okay, don't kill me, but I've never read The Great Gatsby. I don't know how it relates to this book. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It was easy to read and flowed nicely. The only thing that bothered me was how shallow these people were. I know it's part of the book but it still irked me. I live on Long Island and have seen the shallowness of the people that "summer" in the Hamptons. I do really like when an author drops names and brand names. It gives me a sense of familiarity. Like I said before though, I haven't read The Great Gatsby, so I don't know how it ends. I would have liked to see a little more in the ending of this book, but it was good enough. I'm not sure if a younger teen would totally "get" the story, but there is very little strong language and sexual situations. Overall, a great read!