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The Duke of Bannerman Prep

The Duke of Bannerman Prep Words are weapons Facts can be manipulated And nothing is absolute especially right and wrong Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason the elite school recruited him after he brought his

  • Title: The Duke of Bannerman Prep
  • Author: Katie A. Nelson
  • ISBN: 9781510710405
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Words are weapons Facts can be manipulated And nothing is absolute especially right and wrong.Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason the elite school recruited him after he brought his public school s debate team to victory last year Bannerman wants a championship win Debate is Tanner s life his ticket out of his poor as dirt life and family drama, straWords are weapons Facts can be manipulated And nothing is absolute especially right and wrong.Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason the elite school recruited him after he brought his public school s debate team to victory last year Bannerman wants a championship win Debate is Tanner s life his ticket out of his poor as dirt life and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and the start of a new, better future.But when he s paired with the Duke, his plans for an easy ride seem as if they ve hit the rails The Duke is the quintessential playboy, beloved by everyone for his laissez faire attitude, crazy parties, and seemingly effortless favors.And a total no show when it comes to putting in the work to win.But as Tanner gets sucked into the Duke s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of existing on the edge becomes addictive A small favor here and there seems like nothing in exchange for getting everything he ever dreamed of.But the Duke s castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple down.A contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, Katie Nelson s taut debut is perfect for fans of John Green s Looking for Alaska, Kate Brian s Private series, and anyone who s encountered the cut throat world of competitive high school.

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    1. Katie A. Nelson

      Katie Nelson has always loved words and stories Formerly a high school English and Debate teacher, she now lives in Northern California with her husband, four children, and hyperactive dog.

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    1. See 5 reasons why you need The Duke in your life, from author Katie A. Nelson: youtu/-pVlGjDKRn8This book has entered the #1 spot for this year. What an incredibly story that keeps the heart of Gatsby but sets it in today's mechanics.Sometimes you just know. I'm talking about that special book that you read and know it's going to be your favorite of the year (and maybe a favorite of all time).The Duke of Bannerman Prep is that book for me.It all started with the Caraval launch, where Katie intro [...]


    2. I read this book in one sitting and didn’t want it to end! I was immediately enamored by the setting: a private boarding school where the debate team serves as a way for the main character, scholarship recipient Tanner McKay, to prove he belongs among the wealthy elite. Heading this circle is the Duke, a school legend. The intrigue behind the Duke and the increasingly tough decisions Tanner’s forced to make as he’s drawn into the Duke’s orbit make this book a page-turner. But this is a f [...]


    3. In Katie A. Nelson’s deft, modern-day retelling of The Great Gatsby, we meet Tanner McKay, a gifted high school orator who has been recruited by the elite California boarding school, Bannerman Prep, to help the school’s debate team win—and win big. Tanner, who does not come from a background of privilege, finds his new surroundings confounding at best. Even more confounding? The behavior of his debate partner, Andrew “The Duke” Tate, a charming, well-connected party boy. On the surface [...]


    4. 2.5 stars. This is technically a really good retelling of The Great Gatsby! It captures the whole air of mystery around the Duke (the Gatsby figure) and the narrator's outsider fascination & horror at the world of excess he's swept into. A lot of the story focuses around Tanner's competitive debate team at the private boarding school, which was realllllly not that interesting to me. He starts out thinking he needs that world to succeed, but then grows throughout the story. I guess I didn't r [...]


    5. I loved this retelling of THE GREAT GATSBY. I stayed up until the early morning hours reading because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. The mystery of the Duke—who he is and what he’s up to—pulled me through chapter after chapter. Katie Nelson does a terrific job of staying true to the themes Fitzgerald explores in GATSBY, while keeping her own story unique enough that the plot is fresh and unpredictable. And the characters—oh, I just loved them. The pressure Tanner felt to su [...]


    6. Listen, you tell me that there is a retelling of The Great Gatsby, and I'm already there. But I was hooked from the first chapter. This is exactly the kind of retelling I like best. It stays true to the emotional stakes and tone of the original while still feeling unique, original, and (best of all) page-turning. A level of intensity simmered beneath the surface of each page, almost like there was a timer counting down, and I was just waiting for it to go off. And when it did, I felt it.Tanner M [...]


    7. A Gatsby retelling is no small undertaking, but Katie Nelson pulls it off beautifully in her YA debut.I loved every word of this book. I stayed up late to finish it and I'd catch myself thinking about it days later. The story pulls you in from the first chapter - with Tanner's uncertainty about Bannerman Prep and his need to succeed - then keeps you engaged with the mystery of The Duke and his effect on Tanner's life. Smart. Original. Compelling. A must read.


    8. I was immediately captured by the idea of a GREAT GATSBY retelling - and this book delivers! I loved the pacing and the prep-school setting and how whip-smart it is. This is the type of novel that you can easily race through in one sitting. Add it to your TBR pile now!


    9. I loved this book so much I blurbed it! Official blurb: "A thrilling page-turner and a sparkling debut. Prepare to be drawn into the dazzling escape of lavish parties and riveted by Bannerman's infamous Duke."Unofficial: The best re-tellings for me stay true to the source material and also offer something new, interesting, and unexpected. Nelson delivers on all fronts! This book drew me in immediately, from Tanner's first experiences at Bannerman to meeting the Duke. At the heart of this story i [...]


    10. Words are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute—especially right and wrong.Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason: the elite school recruited him after he brought his public school’s debate team to victory last year. Bannerman wants a championship win. Debate is Tanner’s life—his ticket out of his poor-as-dirt life and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and the start of a new, better future.But when he's paired with the Duke, his plans [...]


    11. This is basically the Great Gatsby-boarding school mashup of my dreams. Compulsively readable with vivid characters and a complex, well-paced plot.


    12. 3.5 maybe? This was pretty faithful to the feel of the source material, and I found it compelling. Tanner is a likeable Nick Carraway, and I think the retelling in a private school setting really worked well. I personally could have used a bit more resolution, but that's also my problem with Gatsby, so maybe I'm just meant to feel unsatisfied. Overall, this was a solid read.


    13. I loved this!! I wasn't sure if I'd be able to appreciate it, not being a big Great Gatsby fan myself, but I felt drawn into the story, characters, and the setting (I especially loved the bay area references!). I was drawn in and couldn't put it down.


    14. I've been so excited about The Duke of Bannerman Prep ever since I learned that this is a YA retelling of The Great Gatsby, and I was certainly not disappointed. This book stayed true to many of the themes from the original work, but is very much its own, captivating story. Be sure to check out this post over on Girl in the Pages to see some fantastic comparisons between the two.Many of the Gatsby characters have been brilliantly reimagined in this story, yet at the same time, they're much more [...]



    15. A moving contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby. Exceptionally crafted and provoking, though I did wish to know more about the Duke.


    16. I loved this, I really did, even though I didn't really expect to. I have only the vaguest memory of The Great Gatsby. My 11th grade English teacher literally read the book out loud to us every day and if you wanna kill a 16yo's interest in literature, you should definitely read out loud to them so they fall asleep on their desk. Anyway. I remember eyes and the metaphor of the doors or something? I remember thinking Daisy was a fool and that's about it. This retelling stands on its own. I love c [...]



    17. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I don't know about you but I'm such a sucker for boarding schools and drama of any sort. It doesn't have a TON of drama, but the drama is does have is just wonderful. The Duke of Bannerman Prep is a quick, easy read that will be sure to have you hooked. You can find my full review at Gabriella M Reads.


    18. I live at a fancy boarding school where my husband is the speech and debate coach. This book was basically written for him. And his students. And me. So of course I had to read it.I was a bit disappointed that so much of the debating was skipped over: e.g. "The judge came in and the debate started. We won." (FYI, this is not an actual quote from the book, but it happened several times.)I recognize that it is hard to present an engrossing play-by-play of a debate match for the general public, but [...]


    19. As an English teacher, I'm always curious with retellings/reimaginings of the classics. It's one of my standard "creative" projects I give at the end of a book or unit. (I usually give one traditional essay and one creative writing project.) I even drove a co-teacher crazy as we did the whole "rewrite Romeo and Juliet" assignment. Every year it feels like these reimaginings go through cycles: Shakespeare, American lit then Victorian age then myths then back to Shakes. Gatsby was inevitable after [...]


    20. It's been a while since I read The Great Gatsby and I haven't seen any of the more current movies of it to help refresh my gmemory of the plot and characters so I read The Duke of Bannerman Prep just hoping for a good entertaining story, something that would keep my interest. I got that and more. As I read, I wanted to know what was going to happen with the characters and their relationships with one another and then how their issues would all get resolved. I like that I'm still wondering how ch [...]


    21. I read this novel in one day because I couldn’t put it down, but now I wish it wasn’t over. Nelson has a talent for not wasting words. There was never a point where I wanted to skim, there were never moments where words became redundant, and my mind never wondered to other places while reading this novel. I found the debate aspect to be particularly interesting as I just completed an argumentation class this semester and was thrilled that I had a clear understanding of debate terminology. I [...]


    22. I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This is my first Gatsby retelling, and I’m not really disappointed. I didn’t like The Great Gatsby when I read it for school, so I was cautiously optimistic for this book. I can say that I liked this more than Gatsby. I thought both the high school setting and the debate team both helped create an authentic Gatsby feeling, and made perfect sense for the characters. But I didn't care for the characters, and found myself a li [...]


    23. It was a good Gatsby retelling in a modern school life. I feel like it captured the original novel's essence and mixed it up with her own style. The only dislike, well the major dislike from me would be the debate story line. I couldn't connect with it because I just have no interest in that area of extracurricular. Other than that, it was lovely.Full review to come.


    24. I really really liked this book. The author wrote in such a way that I found that I did care about the characters and wanted to know what happened to them. The plot kept me reading. The debate references in the story were so real. A very believable book. I recommend this!


    25. Best book I've read in a long time. It was believable for me. I want senior year. I wanna see changes and new mistakes and more learning. And I wanna know what happened to The Duke. Maybe just some hints?


    26. Katie Nelson did such a great job on this retelling of the Great Gatsby! I loved it! Tanner was such a fun character to get to know and I loved the relationship with the Duke that caused so much inner turmoil for Tanner. Great characters and well thought out plot. Overall just an awesome, entertaining read.


    27. This Gatsby retelling did an excellent job staying faithful to the tone and spirit of the original, though the circumstances of the story are different. The writing was clear and powerful, the characters (especially the Duke) vividly drawn, and the story itself was gripping.


    28. "The thing about debate was that you never really knew." Preach, Katie A. Nelson, preach.Months before this book came out, two people had already recommended it to me because a) The Great Gatsby is my favorite piece of capital L Literature (I miss teaching Junior English just for this book) and b) coaching speech and debate owns my soul for 11 months a year.The speech and debate side of this book is phenomenal. I was super skeptical at first because no YA book has done the actual world of high s [...]


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