• Title: Jake, Reinvented
  • Author: Gordon Korman
  • ISBN: 9780786856978
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jake Reinvented There is a mysterious new student at Fitzgerald High Jake Garret He seems to have it all figured out He looks like he just stepped off the cover of the J Crew catalog he is the best kicker the footb
    There is a mysterious new student at Fitzgerald High, Jake Garret He seems to have it all figured out He looks like he just stepped off the cover of the J Crew catalog, he is the best kicker the football team has ever had, and best of all, he hosts the party to go to every Friday night All the guys want to be like him and all the girls want to date him, but Jake only hThere is a mysterious new student at Fitzgerald High, Jake Garret He seems to have it all figured out He looks like he just stepped off the cover of the J Crew catalog, he is the best kicker the football team has ever had, and best of all, he hosts the party to go to every Friday night All the guys want to be like him and all the girls want to date him, but Jake only has eyes for Didi, the girlfriend of alpha male and quarterback, Todd Buckley As Jake s friend Rick gets to know him, he at first admires him, then starts to like him, but soon grows to fear for him as he learns Jake s dangerous secret From beloved young adult author Gordon Korman, comes a new look at age old themes about popularity, acceptance, and human nature.

    One Reply to “Jake, Reinvented”

    1. I'll be honest- I read this book because I will be teaching it in the fall in my English 11 class. It is a modern retelling of The Great Gatsby and we thought it might be a bit more accessible to the kids than the classic. We will probably offer the classic as some sort of extra credit project, unfortunately, but as much as I would like to teach it, there is only so much time in the trimester. So anyway, I didn't want to read this, I had to.I'm glad I did! It was a good, quick read. I read Gatsb [...]

    2. How have I not read a book by Gordon Korman before? This one was a lot of fun -- Gatsby retold in a high school setting. An alum recommended using this as pre-read for Gatsby and I can totally see why. Particularly for struggling readers, the book quickly establishes all of the main characters, conflicts, and themes. Yes, many of the characters are shallow stereotypes; yes, it's doubtful that Jake could really make that much money doing what he's doing; and yes, the final party scene is pretty p [...]

    3. What secrets is the new kid, Jake, at Fitzgerald High hiding? Jake appears to have it all; he throws all the best parties. He has a perfect wardrobe. But as Rick gets to know him, he realizes things are not what they seem. The parties are becoming more and more dangerous, what happens when things spiral out of control? A modern day retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

    4. Rating 1.5Before Reading: I didn't like the Great Gatsby but I love a good retelling! Hopefully this will be good.After Reading: Here's a tip that's probably pretty obvious to everyone don't read a retelling of a book you didn't even like to begin with. It just doesn't make sense since you most likely won't like the retelling either. At least that's what happened with me with this book. The characters were irritating (the character who is supposed to be Gatsby just calls everyone baby each secon [...]

    5. I'm not sure trying to re-make The Great Gatsby in a modern high school setting is such a great idea, but Korman did a decent job of it. I could definitely feel the echoes of all the characters in their parallel counterparts, and it was a quick one night readjust the kind of somewhat shallow book fling I was looking for after some other books that took more of a commitment to complete.

    6. Gordan Korman's Jake, Reinvented is a modern-day retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. It was recommended to me by some other teachers at my school. Some of them teach Jake in its entirety, paired with excepts from Gatsby, to increase student understanding. Now, I have admit that I was skeptical at first. I don't think that I'm an English snob--I love young adult novels and firmly believe in introducing students to books they will actually enjoy. If I'm being completely honest, I [...]

    7. Jake, Reinvented was a unique and interesting look at the life of a "reinvented" high school boy. The plot was very realistic, and included detailed information about the main pieces of the book (high school, football, relationships). It was obvious that the writer knew what he was talking about and had done some prior research. The setting of the book is a typical town, not quite a small-town but not a city either. The book takes place in the recent past, around the mid 2000s. The time period f [...]

    8. jake,reinventedby,Gordon Kormanreview by breanna stiffI once thought that high school drama was so over rated and and uninteresting that's until I read this book had me so interested keep wanting to read more.Gordon Korman is a legend for this book,it feels as though thir is really happening i mean,it made me feel as though i was there like in the party when nelson was finna kill jake all all of this drama and craziness over a girl.jake is the reason I love this book how he endured all this,the [...]

    9. Gordon Korman has rewritten The Great Gatsby changing the setting to F. Scott Fitzgerald High School and Jake to a brilliant, nerdy former chess champion who plots to win the heart of Didi, a beautiful girl he tutors in math and is obsessed with. Korman's version works well. Having just read the Gatsby and seen the movie, I was familiar enough with the original to mentally overlay the two stories. The theme of a social misfit making it big and then being rejected by those who once flocked around [...]

    10. If you're a football fan--read!!!A first-person, from a guy's point of view. Ah, I loved it.The story is actually told from Rick's eyes, not Jake's. Jake is the new kid in town. He throws the BEST parties, is friends with EVERYONE, and ALL the girls want to date him. He's popular, he's hot, he's got it all.But Jake fall's for the quarterback's girlfriend, and no one messes with Todd. He can cheat on Didi all he wants, but she can NOT cheat on him.I love the way that Rick thinks. He knows the sit [...]

    11. I really didn't like this book. When I read the back of the book, I thought, ok, this book sounds interesting and it's by Gordon Korman, so it has to be good. Wrong! The book leads up to a suspenceful peak, and just drops. The story is about a football player who befriends the "new guy". This new guy seems really cool and fun to hang around, but he has a dark secret that will change everything. Trust me, the book is not as interesting as it sounds.2015 update: Just reread the synopsis and though [...]

    12. Luke has to read this for a teen book club, so obviously it was important that I read it first I'm a sucker for YA lit that shows up in my house. Modeled after The Great Gatsby, several of the book's passages brought Gatsby to mind, usually in a pleasant way. The high school party scenes ring true, if frightening.

    13. During my final semester as an English Ed major, I had to write my final paper. I chose “Bridge Books” for my topic of study. This book is one of those-a bridge to a classic, in this case, The Great Gatsby. As a high school student, I was always pissed we were forced to read things we may not be quite ready for just because of cost to schools, and don’t even get me started on “The Canon”. But if we want our students to read the “classics”, throw them a bone! These classics were wri [...]

    14. I really liked this book and it was also hard for me to put down, but i was not a big fan of the ending.

    15. Great book! Really enjoyed the plot and ending to the story. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!

    16. The Great Gatsby (Banned Book)Jake ReinventedPairing and overview: I paired the Great Gatsby with Gordan Korman’s “Jake Reinvented”. Korman took Fitzgerald’s classic and retold it in a modern, high school setting. The story follows the new, party throwing Jake Garrett as he hosts party after party for the students at his new high school. We are introduced to Jake through Rick, his friend and neighbor. But Jake has a secret. His house, his parties even his friends are all carefully planne [...]

    17. If I could give a book 3.5 stars, I would. I enjoyed this teen revision of The Great Gatsby, but I did find some of the teen version to be less interesting than the original.One of my frustrations in Fitzgerald's work is narrator Nick Carraway's attempt to be neutral. Sure, he's sympathetic to Gatsby, but he tries to present himself as a bystander. Thus, when Nick tells Gatsby he's worth more than the whole lot of them, it rings a little false. As a narrator, Nick has shown us the truth of his s [...]

    18. So I read this book sometime in Middle School, far before I read Gatsby, or was at all familiar with the plot. (Or possibly even its existence)You might be surprised anyone wouldn't put it together, but the dedication meant nothing to me, I had no idea who Jay and Daisy were. But I loved this book, flat out loved it. I was kind of embarrassed,there were plenty of themes I didn't want my parents to know I was reading about, and I couldn't really bring myself to even privately think it had too muc [...]

    19. Prior to reading Jake, Reinvented, I had not read The Great Gatsby, and I'm sure that that fact probably affected, and most likely dwindled, my appreciation of the novel, as Jake, Reinvented is a retelling of The Great Gatsby, a modernized, young adult version of the classic story. Jake, Reinvented tells the story of a high school student who unexpectedly arrives at and becomes the new "hot stuff" of F. Scott Fitzgerald High School (named, by the author, Gordon Korman, after the author of The Gr [...]

    20. REVIEW BY BETHJake, Reinvented struck me as a ‘boys’ book’ when I first began, with many references to American Football and guy stuff, which could put some readers off but not me. Knowing the novel was a clever teenage analogue of The Great Gatsby, which I’ve recently read for the first time, I devoured it and found the connections and links extremely well forged and intelligent, without seeming at all forced or overdone. I found the tone perfect for readers of 12+ and thought it manage [...]

    21. Korman did an EXCELLENT job in retelling the classic story THE GREAT GATSBY. Rick narrates the story of Jake -- Jacob -- Garrett who transforms his life to win the love of Didi (the Daisy character in TGG). The story is set in Fitzgerald High -- and all the main players are involved: Todd (Tom), Didi (Daisy, as mentioned), Jennifer (Jordan), Nelson (Wilson), Melissa (Myrtle) and Dipsy (Owl Eyes); even the many cars and wrecks are alluded to in Korman's novel. Jennifer's character (Jordan Baker i [...]

    22. I got two diametrically opposing recommendations about this book: one of them was that I'd love it (my students) and the other that I'd hate it (a fellow teacher). After reading the book, I have trouble explaining how I feel about it. I like the idea upon which the story is based: That it's possible to become so infatuated and absorbed in something (or someone) that you will do absolutely anything to get it. The way the story plays out, however, is a little strange. The main character is almost [...]

    23. This is one of the titles from my young adult literature class. This is suppose to be a good pairing for The Great Gatsby. The author dedicated the novel to Jay and Daisy. I'll keep you posted on my thoughts as I read this one!Okay, this book makes me laugh, not because it's funny in the good belly laugh kind of way. It's funny because of the similarities to The Great Gatsby. This is the modern day, high school kid version of The Great Gatsby. The Jay Gatsby character is Jake Garret, the Daisy i [...]

    24. Somewhere among "The Great Gatsby," "Can't Buy Me Love" and "The New Guy," the story of the one guy that cares about the outcome of the nerd gets lost in the perfect ending. "Jake, Reinvented" tells the story of the nerd turned cool from the best friend's perspective. When Jake Garrett moves to town and becomes the king of all parties, the fashion plate for guys, the biggest thing in high school football since the plastic mouth-guard, people start looking for the catch. That is everyone but Rick [...]

    25. This book is unrealistic and makes me angry.What kind of father would let his son go parading around every weekend and have a party for the whole school to attend?Apparently a father that's gone everyngle.weekend.The ending is stupid.No one was charged with setting fire to the house or at least causing it?No,the police were worried about finding a box full of essays that Jake wrote for college students.That would never.ever.happen."oh yea might as well look over to see if theirs essays that shou [...]

    26. Synopsis:Jake Garret is the newest edition to Fitz High School. He's mysteriously dropped in from heaven, he's the best long snapper for the football team andis the host of THE party to be every Friday night. But Jake Garret is hiding something. But when he slips up and people learn his dirty little secret, lives suddenly are on the line.Classification:Target Audience: High School, Football crowds, "nerds"Primary Purpose: To inform of how the outcasts feel, how to be yourselfManner of Expression [...]

    27. When i first started reading the book, I really liked it and thought its a great book. After a while, I realized that it doesn't have much story to it or it's a basic story of highschool students and their lives. There's no action, drama, nor events that really got me attracted to it. Whenever i was reading the book, I was waiting for something to happen in it that will really attract me to it. But, it never did. Even the ending i thought it will happen, which was didi and jake would start to da [...]

    28. Jake, Reinvented is the kind of book every teenager needs to read. Themes of friendship, change, doing the right thing, and what makes people do the things they do permeate the novel while the story takes a fast ride through the contemporary high school politics of popularity.Korman writes his usual likeable, easily-identified-with protagonist thrust in the middle of a situation that threatens to unravel his high school life.Rick makes friends with a popular new kid at school, who dresses like a [...]

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