Jekel Loves Hyde
by Beth Fantaskey
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books (May 3, 2010)
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Description From GoodReads
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 key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.
To better 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.
In this take off of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, two teens play the starring roles, of course named Jekel and Hyde. In this version the two are star-crossed lovers who beat the odds of chemistry (literarly). I did enjoy this story and thought the author did a great job voicing both the character of Jill Jekel and Tristen Hyde from each point of view. I just found that parts of the banter between them seemed a little too forced. Overall, this is a great paranormal romance where things are not what they seem. This should be read by older teens since there is some heavy romance (almost sex) and a little violence (verbal and physical).
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