I am studying The Great Gatsby for AS level and my first read through I was not very impressed, as this book has high expectations. However, this definitely deserves a second read. The book is thin but action packed, evocative and very well written.
The use of language is incredible, the commentary on the "American" dream and consumerism is interesting, and characters are so purposefully frustrating when really they accurately reflect the darker sides of human nature and our own aspirations. I don't like the way women are portrayed but I guess it goes with the time and Fitzgerald's own experiences (a lot of parallels between Daisy's character and his wife Zelda, and the forward is brilliantly biting). I particularly love Gatsby's character.
Definite must-read for teenagers and adults, although I found the language a little complex and it takes some time to really appreciate. A bit of violence, only really implied sexual activity, nothing very graphic at all.