Book Review: Jekel Loves Hyde by: Beth Fantasky

Jekel Loves Hyde

Publisher: Harcourt Children's Publishing

Publish Date: 3 May 2010

Origins: Around the World Tours

Format: Paperback

Blurb: Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents' rules--especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father's office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen's sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill's accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything--even Tristen's love--just for the thrill of being...bad.

Review in 5: 

Review: I am having problems finding my writing voice recently so please bear with me. First I would like to say I truly enjoyed this book, it is a wonderful mix if classic and modern; containing elements of 'Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde' with a teenage twist. This story is a bit more on the serious side of YA literature and it contains some graphic descriptions and scene, without being gratuitous. I would still stick with an older young adult audience though.

Jill and Tristen have one odd relationship in this book and it is interesting that after all the weirdness, betrayal, and grief they feel and witness they can remain together. I didn't understand that, I don't know if I could be with someone who was involved in everything that Tristen was involved with, even though he was on the side-lines. I also think that the author could have built up the relationship a bit more, I didn't feel the characters knew each other well enough to end up the way that they did. I don't know *shrug*

I enjoyed the writing, it had a beautiful quality and an almost haunting feel to it. The story was pretty good and very unique, I quite enjoyed this new play with 'Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde'. I also would like to say props to the author because I love books that make young readers want to read more classic literature and this one definitely makes you want to pick up a copy of the book of the classic. Overall a pretty good read, I continue to enjoy this lovely author.

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  1. I picked up an earlier book by this author last week. Hopefully it's good!

  2. I really want to read this book!!
    Thanks for the review. I hope an editorial translate it to spanish soon.


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