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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.


Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Beth Fantaskey, Author of Jekel Loves Hyde

Dear Amazon Reader,

All my life, I've been pretty much of a rule follower. I swear, it's part of my genetic code. As a kid, I hated being late for school. I get worried if I notice that my car inspection is overdue. And I always recycle, not just because it's good for the environment, but because I'm supposed to, where I live.

(My one small rebellion: I have never returned a library book on time. Usually, I get a letter threatening legal action if I don't bring something back ASAP.)

Meanwhile, I notice that most of my best friends have lawless streaks. I gravitate toward people who refuse to feed parking meters, who sneak out of work in the middle of the day, and who toss their "number 2" plastics in the regular trash without a second thought.

I'm pretty sure I envy their careless approaches to authority.

That's why it was so fun for me to write about Jill Jekel, a "good girl" who drinks a chemical formula that unleashes her wild side. I took a little (twisted?) delight in living vicariously through her as she starts breaking some serious rules. Doing stuff that's way worse than going to school late.

I hope you have fun reading about Jill's out-of-control alter ego, too. And, as always, I want to say thanks to all of the readers who contact me. I love to hear from you, so keep in touch!

Beth

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Grade 9 Up—This melodramatic romance updates Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story. At the funeral for her murdered father, obedient, studious Jill Jekel is shocked to find herself comforted by a kiss from bad-boy Tristen Hyde. Then, at the encouragement of Jill's chemistry teacher, the two team up to work together on a project that could win Jill a hearty scholarship. Tristen, sure that he is descended from the original Mr. Hyde—a real person on whom Stevenson apparently based his classic novel—is desperate to cure the evil he feels growing inside himself. Believing that Jill's father had been investigating the original Jekel's sinister formula, Tristen manipulates Jill into breaking into her father's study and helping him create a new formula to fight his violent urges. Chapters from both teens' perspectives are narrated in moody, overwrought prose, perhaps as a nod to the gothic novel. Though the author satisfyingly builds and resolves the story's romantic tension, readers are left with key questions unanswered. Why is Jill tempted to drink a formula she knows will unleash evil? Why does the same formula that makes Tristen murderous merely make Jill sexually forward? And is finding love with the boy who drugged Jill's mother and repeatedly controls Jill's actions really a happy ending? Teens who enjoy brooding love stories will not be disappointed; those looking for an independent heroine will need to search elsewhere.—Megan Honig, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152063900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152063900
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm the author of the YA novels Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Jekel Loves Hyde and Buzz Kill. I was raised and still live in rural Pennsylvania, a place that features prominently in my books. (There's nothing unusual about getting stuck in Amish buggy "traffic" where I live.)
I've been a burger-slinger at a diner called "Diffy's," a teenage tax collector, a journalist, and now a part-time professor at Susquehanna University. But my most fun job is "YA author," because I get to interact with so many interesting readers.
Thanks for looking me up here on Amazon!

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By KMont on April 21, 2010
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Warning to all ye who love to vote on Amazon reviews, this is going to be the lamest one I've ever written here because I could not finish the book. I received my copy via Amazon Vine, therefore I'm obligated to do a review, which I have no problem with. I haven't been having very good luck with Vine books, though, and this time despite loving Fantaskey's debut novel, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I was again left feeling listless and bored.

Jekel Loves Hyde has a great premise, being based off the classic the title emulates. I was sold. I love the concept of the original and have enjoyed movies based on it, and I sincerely dug the twist the author uses here. That's really the only expectation I had coming in, that the book might try to emulate that eerie, unrelenting sense of morbid danger the original has. And it does. Jekel Loves Hyde has a great atmosphere, but it soon became apparent to me that a great atmosphere was all it would offer this particular reader. Enough to keep me interested anyway.

I'm a character-driven reader for the most part. I love good worldbuilding, where it feels so effortless, like a cradle for the rest of the book. Once that's firmly established in the back of my mind I want to know the characters. I couldn't get into the ones here. The chapters (most of which are ridiculously short, sometimes not even two full pages hardly) alternate between Jill and Tristan's first point of view tellings. And that's the problem, I think, for me. Each tells the story. There isn't very much showing. Telling gets monotonous and after several chapters (I'm sorry, I forget what page number I stopped at), I just couldn't take it anymore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved this author's first YA novel. I remember thinking at the time that it was so creative and well written that it stood out among all the other paranormal books currently out there. Unfortunately, I didn't feel that way about this one. The plot just didn't make sense to me in places. Even if you have a story that has sci-fi/fantasy elements, they still have to make some sort of sense and this story just didn't. I had to struggle to complete it, and felt that the author was unable to maintain any sense of tension and drama throughout a book that should have been really creepy. The most dramatic moments in the story ended up feeling overwrought and cliched. The overall tone felt inconsistent and choppy.

I didn't buy these characters at all. They didn't sound like teenagers, didn't act like teenagers and sometimes their actions and motivations were just totally out of left field. Since I wasn't buying the characters, that meant the romance didn't work for me - I was really frustrated with Jill and very annoyed with Tristan throughout most of the novel. The dialogue is not effective, often coming across as stilted, and the extremely short chapters only served to highlight the choppy writing style.

While this one didn't work for me, I have no doubt it will find it's fan base. I am not in this novel's target group, which I think would be young adults age 15 and up. There is some language and sexual situations. Fans of paranormal romance will find things to like here, but if they also are looking for a well plotted, well written story, they will ulitmately be disappointed. Not a recommend.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jodi VINE VOICE on April 30, 2010
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I was *SO* excited about this book when I saw it, as I have read Beth Fantaskey's first book, "Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side" and it instantly became one of my favorites, even though I am not the targeted audience for such a novel. After I received "Jessica's Guide", my daughter read it and BEGGED me to donate it to her high school's library so that other students could enjoy it as well. So I did, and then went out and purchased another copy for myself. Not many authors can get away with such biting sarcasm and Fantaskey pulled it off flawlessly. So when "Jekel Loves Hyde" came out, I had high expectations. But I was seriously disappointed.

First of all, the book is nothing like her first. There is absolutely no humor in this second novel, only violence, grief, sex, petty crime and nasty language. Jill Jekel, our protagonist "good girl" turns into a shoplifting slut when she accidentally tastes the forbidden formula and Tristen Hyde, self-proclaimed monster and murderer, suddenly turns moral saint towards Jill's sexual advances. In all honesty, this was somewhat of a shock, as I was stunned by the amount of language and sex (or attempted sex) splattered throughout the novel, when "Jessica's Guide" was so much cleaner and more appropriate. I don't know, maybe if I had read "Jekel Loves Hyde" first, perhaps I would have enjoyed this novel more. But I don't think so.

One thing I did like about this book, that many other reviewers didn't, was the alternate telling of the story through Jill's eyes, then Tristen's. I tend to enjoy this type of writing, as I like to get the story from different points of view.
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