Quotes from Bannerman Prep & Things Every Gatsby Lover Should Have

I’m assuming because you’re on my blog, then you have made it to day four of The Duke of Bannerman Prep Blog Tour! Written by debut author Katie A. Nelson, The Duke of Bannerman Prep is a modern retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby set in sunny California!

About the book!

dukeBy Katie Nelson
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published: May 9th 2017

Words are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute—especially right and wrong.

Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for one reason: to win. The elite school recruited him after he argued his public school’s debate team to victory last year, and now Bannerman wants that championship trophy. Debate is Tanner’s life—his ticket out of scrimping and saving and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and a new, better future. When he’s paired with the prep school playboy everyone calls the Duke, Tanner’s straightforward plans seem as if they’re going off the rails. The Duke is Bannerman royalty, beloved for his laissez-faire attitude, crazy parties, and the strings he so easily pulls. And a total no-show when it comes to putting in the work to win.

As Tanner gets sucked into the Duke’s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of the edge become 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.

A contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, Katie A. Nelson’s taut debut is perfect for anyone who’s struggled to survive the cut-throat world of competitive high school.

On my blog you’ll find some quotes from Katie’s novels (and some from The Great Gatsby) along with things every Gatsby lover should have!

Not only did The Duke of Bannerman Prep have some very beautiful quotes, they eloquently illustrated the differences gold quotebetween the lives of the wealthy and poor, the struggles of love, and the hardships of growing up.

“The paperback fell off the stack in her hands. I bend down and picked it up. The Great Gatsby. Those funky eyes in the picture on the cover stared at me, daring me, questioning me.”

“It takes two to make an accident.” –The Great Gatsby

“Because you get your jollies by thinking that the things you say are somehow important. Yet the second you walk out of that room, nobody cares. And it kills you that the world doesn’t understand you greatness.”

“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” –The Great Gatsby

Want some Gatsby merchandise instead? Check out these must haves for every Gatsby lover!t


  1. Get The Great Gatsby cover print here!
  2. Make your reading nook a little brighter with a Literary Candle.
  3. Decorate your home with some profound words F. Scott Fitzgerald here!
  4. Snuggle up next to a book with a Gatsby pillow!


Pre-Order/Buy Links:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

Pre-order Incentive

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Email proof of purchase and your address to katie@katienelson.com by May 8th to receive a signed bookplate and bookmark!


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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Rafflecopter giveaway!

Signed finished copy of The Duke of Bannerman Prep and Gatsby related swag. U.S. Only. Ends May 8th 11:59pm.

Follow the Tour!


May 2nd

The YA Book Traveler – Snacks to Pair with The Duke of Bannerman Prep
Girl in the Pages – Gatsby vs The Duke: Themes the Books Share

May 3rd

YA and Wine – Wines During Prohibition & Now
Take Me Away to a Great Read – Bookish Gatsby Merch to Add to Your Collection

May 4th

Mama Reads Blog – Bannerman Prep Party Playlist
Tales of the Ravenous Reader – 5 Reasons You’ll Love The Duke

May 5th

YAWednesdays – Modern Day Gatsby Apparel
Books, Boys, and Blogs – Best of: Quotes from Bannerman Prep & Things Every Gatsby Lover Should Have

May 8th

NovelNovice – Fun Facts About Gatsby to Know Before Reading The Duke of Bannerman Prep
BookCrushin – eBooks versus Paper – The Great Debate in Honor of The Duke of Bannerman Prep


4 thoughts on “Quotes from Bannerman Prep & Things Every Gatsby Lover Should Have

    1. Thank you Christy! I would definitely love to blog routinely, but even so, I don’t think I would made it this far either without the support I have gotten from you and everyone else. Big thank you to you guys!


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