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Jekel Loves Hyde Hardcover – 5 Aug 2010

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152063900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152063900
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,786,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The romance sizzles, the plot develops ingeniously and suspensefully, and the satire sings. Publishers Weekly, starred review. --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

BETH FANTASKEY lives in rural Pennslyvania with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.

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This is the first book that I've read by Beth Fantaskey and what attracted me to it originally was the interesting plot. It's based on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The action is transposed to an American high school where Jill Jekel and Tristan Hyde are drawn together after the murder of Jill's father. I enjoyed the way in which the story mirrored the original literary classic. I thought that it was a really clever writing technique and luckily I could remember enough of Stevenson's classic (I read it a few years ago) to pick up on some of the subtle similarities and themes that were touched upon throughout the book.

I loved the fast-paced and exciting storyline and the way in which the narratives were woven together. Most of the book was told from Jill's perspective but some chapters gave more of an insight into Tristan himself and the potential danger that Jill was getting herself into by becoming involved with him. When they team up to try and win a prestigious science scholarship they find themselves recreating Dr. Jekyl's experiments with potentially devastating consequences. This leads to a good few twists and turns and an exciting ending that I didn't predict at all. I love it when a book completely takes you by surprise and this had a number of revelations that were totally unexpected.

I liked the character of Jill, who is shy and self-conscious, but falls prey to the lure of the formula that can make her forget all of her inhibitions. I can see how tempted she would have been to escape who she was and become someone self-confident, brave and daring.
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(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
17-year-old Jill Jekel is a quiet girl who wants nothing more than to get on with her school work, and go off to college. However, her father was recently murdered and now it turns out that he also spent her college fund.

Tristen Hyde is a boy with a secret. A beast dwells inside him that makes him dream of murdering an innocent girl, and he worries that soon the beast will become too strong for him to control, and he really will kill.

When Jill and Tristen's chemistry teacher enters them into a competition in which they can will $30,000 they at first decline, but then later change their minds. In Jill's dead father's study there is a locked box which Jill's father claimed to contain the original documentation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde's experiments from the fictional book.

Deciding that she really needs the money if she wants to go to college, Jill tells Tristen about the box, and he insists that they should repeat the experiments in an effort to save him from the beast that lives inside him. Of course things don't go smoothly though, and Jill and Tristen find themselves in real trouble when other people what it is that they have done.

This book was alright. I enjoyed it up to a point, but found the last 20% actually pretty boring (sorry!). Jill was a quiet girl who generally didn't like to make waves, whilst Tristen was just a boy with a bit of an attitude. To be honest I found Tristen really one-dimensional. As much as I wanted to like him I just didn't feel like I really knew him at all. The book was split in two - part from Jill's perspective, and part from Tristen's perspective, and Tristen's part was just not good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Go With It! 2 Jan. 2011
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This is one of those books where you just have to go with it, read with an open mind, and give it a chance. In my opinion, it was completely worth the read. But then again, books are like art and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It's all a matter of what kind of book you're looking for. Jekel Loves Hyde was an amazing book for me. I've always loved books written in first person. It helps you connect on a deeper level with the characters. Beth Fantaskey's writing style is captivating. It just draws you into the world of her story. Unlike other books I've read, there's a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter that leaves you wanting to flip the page. Its hard to put down once you get into it.

Over the course of the book, I became very attached to the characters. They felt more real than just fictional creations. There was a connection and I could relate to them in some cases. The plot twists were mostly unpredictable which was great. The story was humorous, romantic, serious (at times) and there was even a little bit of action/fighting. I am very much so in love with this book and plan on re-reading it even though I pretty much just finished it. I've also purchased Beth Fantaskey's "Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side".

I hope this review was helpful. I hope you enjoy the read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew science could be so...ravishing 6 Nov. 2012
By toriarocks - Published on
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Another amazing book from Beth Fantaskey. After I read her debut novel, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I fell in love with her great writing and positively magical story-telling, and this book did not disappoint. I like the way she thinks a little out-of-the-box and puts a lovely twist on this original, classic story. Her characters are interesting, and she always leaves you wanting more. It's page-turning, heart-stopping, fever-inducing madness...and trust me, that's a good thing. Rest assurred, you're absolutely guaranteed to enjoy this book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Something Missing 10 Nov. 2011
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I was really excited to read this book after finishing "Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side." I loved that book! Jekel Loves Hyde just wasn't the same experience for me. It lacked that special something. I found that I just wasn't as invested in these characters. I liked them but they didn't move me. I like the concept of the story, a re-tailing of Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde. It kept my attention, and I kept wondering how it all would turn out. Well written. Just missing something for me.

Language not clean lots of F word
Clean romance When as Jekel some crudeness
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed 29 Jun. 2014
By Kristina Snyder - Published on
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I really liked this book!!! It kept me on my toes!!! There were a lot of twists and turns in the book. When I thought I had something figured out, I was completely wrong. The only thing, I didn't like was the ending. It just ended. You don't get to see the fight at the end. Even Jill the main character doesn't know what happened. But overall all, it was a great story!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Was she in a rush? 29 April 2010
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I was hoping for a book that matched the perfection of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Beth Fantaskey could have done it. The first two thirds of the book was thrilling except for about 6 typos which was an ominous sign. The last third didn't make sense. It seemed as if Fantaskey had taken a swig of the solution herself and went mad. Things didn't add up. It's a shame because this book had such potential. If only it had been given the attention it deserved. Please Beth, a rewrite. You're great and this book could be too.
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