Book Title: Jek/Hyde
Author: Amy Ross
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Genres: Young Adult, Retellings
Pub Date: 10/03/17
Lulu and Jek are science nerds, and have been best friends since they were young…or at least they used to be. Lately Jek has been pulling away from Lulu, just as she’s coming to terms with how she really feels about him. Just as she was ready to see if there could be something more between them.
But Lulu’s thoughts are derailed by a mysterious new guy who’s showing up at local parties. Hyde is the definition of a bad boy, and everybody knows it…but no one can seem to resist his charms. Girls can’t stay away from him, and guys all want to be him. And even though Lulu’s heart belongs to Jek, she can’t deny Hyde’s attraction either.
She also knows that there’s something not quite right about Hyde. That the rumors of his backwoods parties make them sound a little more dangerous than what any of her friends are accustomed to. And she doesn’t like the fact that Hyde seems to be cozying up to Jek, and that they seem to be intertwined in ways that have Lulu worrying for Jek’s safety.
If Hyde has a dark secret, Lulu is determined to find out what it is, and to help Jek…before it’s too late for both of them.
Ah yes, the dreaded 3 star review. The “It wasn’t a bad read but it didn’t blow me away” regurgitation. This will likely be a brief summary of my thoughts, as I don’t have much I can add past the description, but I’m hoping to at least make the reader aware of what my expectations were and where the book leads us so that other readers can adjust their own thoughts according to what they are hoping for when they read this one. Again, this wasn’t a bad book by any means; while the beginning was a little slow, this was overall a quick read that kept me interested and was fully entertaining. I will point out that, due to the amount of “mature” content (meaning drugs, alcohol, and sex), this is recommended for older teens as this is a clear case of the “absent adulting” narrative.
I think the reason why I was slightly disappointed here was that this was pretty much just a re-writing of the original Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I was hoping for some sort of originality here, maybe a new twist or spin on an old classic, but I guess the fact that this retelling featured characters of a different age was supposed to be the unique aspect? I feel like readers going in knowing this will enjoy the story much more than if they are blindsided by this plot device; if you can take this story at face value for what it is, you’ll have a great time reading it. My favorite part was the science behind what was happening; there was a side plot that I would have loved to see further developed and was really intriguing, along with the sheer fact that the author did a great job of making the science feel believable and realistic. If you’re looking for an entertaining read that’s a retelling of an old classic, this may be for you. Recommended to readers looking for a YA version of an old classic that is simply straight-forward.
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here.