Review The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Saturday, August 07, 2021

 Immigrant. Socialite. Magician.

Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer, Asian, adopted, and treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.

But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how.

Nghi Vo’s debut novel The Chosen and the Beautiful reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice. 


 "there was a monstrous want there, remorseless and relentless, and it made my stomach turn that it thought itself love."

This was an emotional,intense and atmospheric story!I really enjoyed the writing . The Chosen and The Beautiful is a retelling of The Great Gatsby told from the perspective of Jordan Baker, I'm ashamed to say that haven't read or watched The Great Gatsby so it was all new for me.

In this story you'll find important themes like identify , and that their voices matters.

"I wondered if that was what love was, making someone forget the pain that gnawed at them and would not stop."


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