Jek/Hyde
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.

Jek/Hyde Details

TitleJek/Hyde
Author
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherHarlequin Teen
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Retellings, Mystery, Contemporary, Science Fiction, Romance

Jek/Hyde Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
    more
  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}
    January 1, 1970
    This full review can be viewed on my blog along with others at: shesgoingbookcrazy.com#1 for the #MonthofMonstrosities tag!I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.Release date, October 03, 2017.I will start this review out with saying that I was not a fan of this book. I will also point out that this review will be a short one, because I have very little good, and too much bad to say about it that I just don't even want to discuss it all. I want to This full review can be viewed on my blog along with others at: shesgoingbookcrazy.com#1 for the #MonthofMonstrosities tag!I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.Release date, October 03, 2017.I will start this review out with saying that I was not a fan of this book. I will also point out that this review will be a short one, because I have very little good, and too much bad to say about it that I just don't even want to discuss it all. I want to also make it clear that in no way does this review reflect upon the author herself!So, we start off following the main character, Lulu, a high school teenager who has a love for science. She often helps her best friend Jek, with science experiments he conducts for fun. The two have been inseparable for years, but when Lulu notices Jek secluding himself more than normal, Lulu becomes worried about him.Lulu knows that Jek dabbles in experimenting with, and developing drugs, but it isn't until a new friend of his shows up that she becomes more suspicious of his activities. Hyde, a man of secrets, becomes a more prominent figure as the story goes on.When Lulu discovers Hyde's unwholesome parties, strange character, and devious acts, she tries to warn Jek of his actions. But Jek mysteriously disappearances during the time Hyde is present. she begins to unwind a sinister tale that will leave her heartbroken in the end. Now, for the few things that I did like about this story: #1 Seeing how the original The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story is steeped in sci-fi, I liked how this retelling followed suite in having a strong science-related theme. #2 The depiction of Hyde's character was constructed well--what I read was pretty close to how I would imagine a "Hyde" would be. Elusive, changeable, and impressionable. The things that I didn't like: #1 This book is being marketed in the Young Adult genre. BY NO MEANS other than the fact that the characters are teenagers, is this book appropriate for young adult readers. I can't believe the amount of trashy unwholesome material this book has to offer for teen readers. Orgies, drugs, parties, murder, rape, and the like make up a majority of the discussion and setting in the book. Not to mention, the teens are completely unsupervised, and making drugs in their own homes, as well as having absolutely no guidance from their parents about the dangers of their actions. #2 There is little to-no-surprise factor to the plot. It is very predictable from the beginning how things will end up, making me wish it was told in a different perspective altogether. There is no real mystery!#3 Character development in the main character Lulu (as well as others), was heavily lacking. She worried about a lot of things, but was resistant to noticing the obvious staring her right in the face. #4 Jek's character was ethnically different than majority of others, and it was supposed to be a positive trait. However, it actually turned out to be negative as Lulu's mother constantly commented on how "a guy like him" wasn't worth her daughter's time. There wasn't a point where his race was looked at in a positive light.#5 The overall message: Hyde forced me to acknowledge a darkness I wanted to deny in myself...and in his way, he taught me to appreciate and respect that side of me as much as any other. Wait...WHAT!? THIS is the takeaway that this book has to offer it's readers!? You MUST be joking, especially when you read it in full context of the passage. (SPOILERS AHEAD) Lulu goes on to think: With his passion for understanding the universe, it must have tortured him to know that the thing that was destroying him was beyond his comprehension. I owe it to Jek to seek out the truth he couldn't uncover. If I can find it--if I can isolate that mysterious compound that caused Jek's transformations--what doors might that open? Jek's experiment produced results beyond his wildest imagining, but there is still so much left untested. What effects might his drug have on a different subject? On me, for example. Would I split off and produce another Hyde, or someone completely different?I can't stop wondering what my own shadow-self would be like...And I can't wait to meet her. ...She says/thinks that just after watching her best friend commit suicide.I think I'm hyperventilating.I concur, Marion. I concur.Seriously, folks. This book is a huge problem. Lulu is saying that she now appreciates the part of her that can morph into a psychopathic murderer, rapist, drug-dealer? Yeah...NO. I can't help but wonder what would inspire such a resolution to a story like this.I cannot rate this book more than 1 star, as I am thoroughly convinced it has hardly anything to offer any reader.Vulgarity: Lots.Sexual content: Lots. Including rape, orgies, and overall dark content.Violence: Lots, including suicide. 
    more
  • Nikki (Book Allure)
    January 1, 1970
    Yikes. A big let down because the premise had a lot of potential. So sad to see the phenomenal story of Jekyll and Hyde be butchered this way.
  • Megan Lyons
    January 1, 1970
    Before I begin, I must admit I have not read “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," but I feel like the story is very well known, at least in terms of broad strokes, and in this review, I will assume that people know the general premise. If not, this is a little spoilery.So this was entertaining enough, but I feel like the fact that it is a retelling of “Jekyll and Hyde” removes most of the suspense and tension. Just from the title it is obvious. To be fair though, I only asked for this Before I begin, I must admit I have not read “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," but I feel like the story is very well known, at least in terms of broad strokes, and in this review, I will assume that people know the general premise. If not, this is a little spoilery.So this was entertaining enough, but I feel like the fact that it is a retelling of “Jekyll and Hyde” removes most of the suspense and tension. Just from the title it is obvious. To be fair though, I only asked for this because I was curious to about the retelling aspect, but still, by making it so obvious, I feel like even readers who have no knowledge of the story will know exactly what is going to happen. I liked the modern day presentation of the story, but it had way too many flaws. I felt like the very close relationship between Jek and Lulu did not ring true; even when they had an evening that was “almost like old times,” I didn’t see the connection Lulu kept talking about. Sometimes the writing rang a little false, and I just didn’t really connect with Jek in any way, or Lulu for that matter. It also had one of the worst cases of absent teen parents I have read. Jek’s mom shows up quite a bit, and although her hand’s off parenting style is explained, it just reads as ridiculous. I read through this fast, it went quick, and it was fairly entertaining, despite it’s many flaws, but as I was reading it, I couldn’t help thinking it would have made a much better adult book, particularly a dark romance/horror sort of blend. There was some interesting looks at the nature of desire, and people’s hidden selves, which wasn’t overly delved into, because- teen book. Even as is, I think this book feels a bit mature for most teens content wise. There was also a whole tiny subplot about some farm workers who were getting sick from the chemicals that they were working with, even though officially they were perfectly safe that could have been interesting, but wasn’t really ever dug into. So, this was entertaining enough, but a bit of a mess. Plot and characterization felt a bit forced, and all suspense was missing with the obviousness of the story being retold. It might appeal to readers looking for retellings, but again, it is pretty obvious what is going to happen. Side note, my brother (who is a scientist, said the scientific language was solid, but that it would kill the subject.) *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*
    more
  • bsbookbuzz
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book, it was so refreshing and it was so beautifully written. I have yet to read the classic but I did my research before reading this novel. I loved the characters and how well the story followed the original because even though I knew what was going to happen the journey getting there was incredible and I love Hyde and Jek. I did read the author interview and how she came up with the idea and why she wanted to write a re-telling and I found it so inspiring because Amy Ross talks w I loved this book, it was so refreshing and it was so beautifully written. I have yet to read the classic but I did my research before reading this novel. I loved the characters and how well the story followed the original because even though I knew what was going to happen the journey getting there was incredible and I love Hyde and Jek. I did read the author interview and how she came up with the idea and why she wanted to write a re-telling and I found it so inspiring because Amy Ross talks with so much passion for her work, I am lost for words, it was amazing.

Let’s get into the thick of it. I loved how the story fit well with the characters and thatthey made me feel something. I saw a lot of diversity in this book, however it isn’t the main point, but I was quiet shocked because in novels and movies we don’t see much, although things are about to change. There was a lot of classism as readers saw how money was a big deal but so was the characters personality and how intelligent they were. It was a really good aspect of the book and it was emphasised more in the novel rather than their race.
The plot was amazing of course but I definitely think that the characters that Ross developed made the book.
Overall I suggest you give this a read because you are missing out! I was brilliantly re written and 12+ should read this because they talk about drugs and sex. I also need to buy this book!
100/5- cause it was that good.
    more
  • Elise (thebookishactress on wordpress)
    January 1, 1970
    Started this on a whim, got a little bored, flipped to the end. And I gotta say, that last mini chapter is a terrifying in the best way.
  • Alice Woodland (AliceinBookland)
    January 1, 1970
    Before I get into my review, I just wanted to thank Harlequin Teen yet again for sending me an advance copy of this novel. Make sure to pick up your copy when it comes out October 3 2017.Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross is a modern day retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. This novel follows our main character Lulu who is a science nerd along with her best friend Jek, who she's had a crush on forever. Suddenly, there's a new guy named Hyde who starts showing up Before I get into my review, I just wanted to thank Harlequin Teen yet again for sending me an advance copy of this novel. Make sure to pick up your copy when it comes out October 3 2017.Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross is a modern day retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. This novel follows our main character Lulu who is a science nerd along with her best friend Jek, who she's had a crush on forever. Suddenly, there's a new guy named Hyde who starts showing up at the local parties. Hyde is trouble but the teenagers of the town can't help but still be drawn to him. Lulu's heart belongs to Jek but she is also drawn to Hyde. Lulu sees that Jek and Hyde are intertwined in some way that has Lulu worrying for Jek's safety. Lulu is determined to figure out Hyde's dark secret and to help Jek before it's too late and something truly terrible happens.This was actually Amy Ross's debut in YA, and I absolutely adored her writing style. I found that even if at first it was a bit slow, you just have to give the story time and I promise that it will pick up and you will love it. The writing I found just flowed and it definitely fit the base of a modern retelling. It showed all the drugs and parties of high school but it also focused on how they all want to still go to school and they have that aim for themselves. I'm not sure if that made any sense but if you can tell I highly enjoyed the story.I saw the character development that our main character went through. The last chapter was a sort of monologue I guess you could say and I felt like there was that finality of closing the story, but still an openness for if there was ever another novel. I loved how the character reflected on her change and I loved seeing that change while reading the novel. I also loved seeing how passionate Jek was about his science.Overall, I gave this book a four out of five stars because there was one things I didn't like about this book. Maybe I misinterpreted it, but I kept seeing drugs in a positive light with people mentioning that what they were doing was legal. But it was a great book and I can't wait for everyone else to be able to read this novel.
    more
  • Linda Epach
    January 1, 1970
    Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross was an older YA retelling of the classic Jekle and Hyde story. Lulu the girl between the two boys was a science nerd, which I enjoyed, instead of just another pretty girl. I appreciate it when the female high school girls are interested in something other than cheer leading. It was a quick read. There was a lot of drugs, alcohol and sex so it was for older teens. I wanted it to one up the original or go somewhere so totally new and so I was a little disappointed, but it was Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross was an older YA retelling of the classic Jekle and Hyde story. Lulu the girl between the two boys was a science nerd, which I enjoyed, instead of just another pretty girl. I appreciate it when the female high school girls are interested in something other than cheer leading. It was a quick read. There was a lot of drugs, alcohol and sex so it was for older teens. I wanted it to one up the original or go somewhere so totally new and so I was a little disappointed, but it was a solid quick teen read.
    more
  • Shoshana Frank
    January 1, 1970
    Unique take on a classic. Great for young adults who enjoy science. There is a lot of drug use and sex discussed with little parental oversight.
  • Shelumiel Delos Santos
    January 1, 1970
    I received a review copy from the author which in no way swayed my opinion about the work.Jek/Hyde is more a rehashing and less a retelling.The book—Ross’ debut in young adult literature—centers on Lupita “Lulu” Gutierrez and Jayesh Emerson “Jek” Kapoor, two science nerds who have been best friends for as long as long as they can remember. But just as Lulu is coming to terms with her more-than-platonic feelings for her best friend, Jek starts distancing himself and spending all his time holed up I received a review copy from the author which in no way swayed my opinion about the work.Jek/Hyde is more a rehashing and less a retelling.The book—Ross’ debut in young adult literature—centers on Lupita “Lulu” Gutierrez and Jayesh Emerson “Jek” Kapoor, two science nerds who have been best friends for as long as long as they can remember. But just as Lulu is coming to terms with her more-than-platonic feelings for her best friend, Jek starts distancing himself and spending all his time holed up in his room/lab with his experiments. It doesn’t help that there’s a mysterious—and unmistakably alluring—new guy in town, who is the very definition of a bad boy, and who may or may not have connections with Jek. Confession time: I have not read the Stevenson classic. Nor have I seen any of the bajillion movie adaptations. But I feel like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been so embedded into our collective cultural consciousness that it’s almost as if I have read the book without actually having read it. And Jek/Hyde totally validates my judgment; whatever hope I had of mystery, I went to the wrong party.To be fair, the novel kept me relatively entertained ’til the very last page. It took a couple of chapters for the story to find its footing, but find it it did and it maintained a good pacing all through out the book. I also like how the tone and setting effectively conjure a sense of helplessness and perpetual confinement. The book is set in a small town in the Midwestern, and that was executed well. But then we get to the actual narrative and it gets less than stellar. There is little character development, cases of present-but-not-present adults, and underdeveloped subplots, all culminating in a heavily expository conclusion and one that is out of touch with the rest of the main character’s journey.There’s also a huge disconnect between what the reader is being told versus what he is being shown. Lulu has a tendency to pine for Jek, which is fine, that’s her thing. But not once was I convinced of the friendship—or any sort of connection—between her and Jek she often talks about. He was a jerk to her and when the story reaches the part where certain things happen, it felt forced. And I’m not buying her science nerdiness either. Meanwhile, Jek’s arc had an interesting start. He is biracial; his mother is Indian, his father is black. And there’s a scene where he goes about being the only black person in town, even in his own house. About having “this whole part of [himself] that’s completely cut off from anyone like [him],” and I think that’s a fascinating conversation the author could’ve explored. Just as much as the minor plot line of LondonChem, an agrichemical/pharmaceutical company who may be causing its workers’ unidentified illness. Instead, they became background noises.I’ve read in a conversation the author had with Cat Hellisen that the point is to keep the story as close to the original as possible, and I get that. Ross accomplished what she set out to do. But even so, I can’t help feeling cheated on because of how the book is marketed (“an inventive modern retelling”) which couldn’t have been more misleading. Sure, the story is set in modern-day suburban America and it has a racially diverse cast—albeit, the latter struck me as contrived in places. But that’s as modern as it gets. The other half of the equation, forgotten.Jek/Hyde had potentials. It really did. But with plot holes and character-development inconsistencies that feel quite unresolved even towards the end, it leaves a lot to be desired.
    more
  • Lily McDevitt
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Amy Ross and Harlequin Teen for the advance copy I received of this book!To start with, this book thoroughly confused me. Not in regards to the plot or characters, but in the way it was written and structure.This book is YA/Teen retelling of the classic Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde story. However this book reads very young, yet deals with very mature themes like excessive drug and alcohol use. It made the majority of the book seem very disjointed as characters had actions and thoughts not Thanks to Amy Ross and Harlequin Teen for the advance copy I received of this book!To start with, this book thoroughly confused me. Not in regards to the plot or characters, but in the way it was written and structure.This book is YA/Teen retelling of the classic Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde story. However this book reads very young, yet deals with very mature themes like excessive drug and alcohol use. It made the majority of the book seem very disjointed as characters had actions and thoughts not meeting their age brackets and I think that the mark was missed regarding realistic teenage drug use.The book is in my opinion a very simplistic retelling of the story with only limited changes – including a female narrator and the inclusion of many races. Both of these could have opened the novel up to some really intriguing creative licence, however it fell flat. The continuous repetitions of racial fluidity and the lack of diversity felt forced and unoriginal.If you want to read this book as a modernised original, I think you’ll enjoy this book. However in comparison to the many wonderful retellings available now (I see you Marissa Meyer) this book falls sadly short. The world created felt one dimensional which to me was a real shame. With such a high emphasis on science being the centre of all characters lives, exploration of this could have taken this book to greater heights.I wanted to love this book and was hoping to find in Ross another author’s retellings I could love, but unfortunately it was not meant to be.2.5/5 Stars More reviews available at www.lilymcdevitt.com
    more
  • Andria Sedig
    January 1, 1970
    Lulu and Jek have been friends for years, growing up together in the town of London, a scientific community built up around a high end science and agriculture facility. But lately, Jek has been distant and Lulu doesn't know why. When the dark, dangerous, and mysterious Hyde starts making appearances at local parties, Lulu becomes just as intrigued as everyone else. But the relationship that Hyde has with Jek worries Lulu, who is determined to figure out what exactly that relationship is in order Lulu and Jek have been friends for years, growing up together in the town of London, a scientific community built up around a high end science and agriculture facility. But lately, Jek has been distant and Lulu doesn't know why. When the dark, dangerous, and mysterious Hyde starts making appearances at local parties, Lulu becomes just as intrigued as everyone else. But the relationship that Hyde has with Jek worries Lulu, who is determined to figure out what exactly that relationship is in order to protect her friend, no matter the cost.---Overall, this book just didn't work for me on a lot of levels. The first being that the chemical science that was done by a high school student felt totally unbelievable to me. It was hard to suspend reality as far as necessary to believe what I had to believe for this book to work. The not-so-subtly hinted at sex and drugs in this book also felt really uncomfortable because the author was trying to tiptoe around the subject, but it just came off more cringy than anything else. Also all of the fighting - Lulu gets into SO MANY FIGHTS with Jek that it was hard to believe that she'd keep going back to him, even if he was her childhood crush and everything. I think that the concept of taking a classic like Jekyll and Hyde and turning it into a modern YA retelling might have worked in different circumstances, but it takes a LOT of suspension of disbelief for this particular one to work. It was a quick read. The concept was enjoyable. There were just a lot of things that didn't work for me to fully enjoy the book. I'd give a 2.5 out of 5.
    more
  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read the original story, but I knew the basic story. While this story was an easy read, I did find parts that were unbelievable. The backstory of Jek and Lulu needed a little more flushed out. It wasn't believable that they would hook up to me. And it was especially weird about the relationship between Lulu and Hyde. This was a quick read, but it left me wanting something different. The end did set up a sequel, but I can't believe Lulu would want to continue Jek's experimenting after w I haven't read the original story, but I knew the basic story. While this story was an easy read, I did find parts that were unbelievable. The backstory of Jek and Lulu needed a little more flushed out. It wasn't believable that they would hook up to me. And it was especially weird about the relationship between Lulu and Hyde. This was a quick read, but it left me wanting something different. The end did set up a sequel, but I can't believe Lulu would want to continue Jek's experimenting after what happened to him.
    more
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure readers even need to know the source material for this book because that might ruin the suspense over What Will Happen. As it is, Jek's chemistry experiments (designer, barely legal drugs, of course) will intrigue them, as will who Hyde is and why his relationship with, or hold over, Jek is so strong. The false notes that I noticed - the school's administration's laissez-faire attitude towards students, the town's structure - will probably not occur to teens, and my bigger quibble a I'm not sure readers even need to know the source material for this book because that might ruin the suspense over What Will Happen. As it is, Jek's chemistry experiments (designer, barely legal drugs, of course) will intrigue them, as will who Hyde is and why his relationship with, or hold over, Jek is so strong. The false notes that I noticed - the school's administration's laissez-faire attitude towards students, the town's structure - will probably not occur to teens, and my bigger quibble about Lulu's somewhat dispassionate account does get answered at the end (no spoilers!). ARC provided by publisher.
    more
  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    This was definitely interesting and I wanted to read read read until I reached the end, and I did. The ending was so sad, but there was no more options, sadly, for Jek. I didn't like all of the swearing, sex and drug use, but I'm no typical teenager who is into all that. The ending has me a bit concerned for Lulu...
    more
  • Ash Ketchum
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, I really enjoyed this book, I thank Amy Ross and goodreads for allowing me to win this book through a giveaway. I actually read this book in two days, being with the interesting story and modern twist on a classic tale offers a page-turning experience.
    more
  • Ash Ketchum
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much Amy Ross and Goodreads for letting me win this book in a giveaway. Overall, I really enjoyed it, almost finished it in one sitting, so it's a nice read and a good modern take on a classic tale.
  • Danica Parr
    January 1, 1970
    At first it was hard to pin point an age on the characters. It took until the second chapter to learn that. Other than that fact, I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was simple and easy to follow. The characters were lovable and somewhat realistic (with exceptions of course)
    more
  • Jordan Dawson
    January 1, 1970
    Just received this book for an honest review, will update when I finish it.
  • Briana
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this and it was a really cool take on the Jekyll and Hyde story and the ending was AWESOME.
  • Alexis
    January 1, 1970
    Great YA novel. Well written, with several thought provoking sections.
  • Wanda
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of Amy Ross' "Jek/Hyde" compliments of the Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway and appreciated the opportunity.A modern day twist on a classic novel, this story shares the escapades of Lulu and her friend Jek, who is a teen prodigy and aspiring scientist. As Lulu begins to recognize that she is having increased affections for Jek, a unfamiliar bad boy, Hyde, arrives in their social circle. Rumours float and his presence throws everyone and everything off balance. Jek enters into a st I received an ARC of Amy Ross' "Jek/Hyde" compliments of the Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway and appreciated the opportunity.A modern day twist on a classic novel, this story shares the escapades of Lulu and her friend Jek, who is a teen prodigy and aspiring scientist. As Lulu begins to recognize that she is having increased affections for Jek, a unfamiliar bad boy, Hyde, arrives in their social circle. Rumours float and his presence throws everyone and everything off balance. Jek enters into a strange and questionable relationship with Hyde, while becoming more remote and reserved. Lulu is caught between affection and seduction. This is a quick paced YA novel that takes the reader for a dramatic romp. It held entertainment value and certainly held my interest. While the plot was quite obvious, it was a fun spin on an old tale. I would recommend for an older tween audience as per some explicit content. 3/5 stars.
    more
Write a review