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Jake, Reinvented

Jake, Reinvented

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by Gordon Korman

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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


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 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.

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Publishers Weekly
Dedicated to "Jay and Daisy," Korman's (Maxx Comedy: The Funniest Kid in America) smart novel imagines The Great Gatsby with a cast of characters from Fitzgerald High. The Jay Gatsby figure is nerd turned bon vivant Jake Garrett; Daisy Buchanan has become Didi, the impossibly beautiful girl who is dating Todd Buckley (i.e., Tom Buchanan) despite his infidelities. Jake's weekly parties escalate in size and intensity, all part of his plan to get closer to Didi, whom he tutored in math several years before at a different school and has idealized ever since. In the midst of the banality and posturing of one keg party after another, two mature characters emerge: narrator Rick Paradis, who seems to not fit in with the crowd from the beginning, and the remarkable Dipsy, who starts off as comic relief but turns out to be perhaps the wisest person in the book: he alone understands that high school is, after all, just a few years, and that there is much more of life to come. Korman's prose hits its mark: a hung-over bunch of football players becomes "statuary in shoulder pads," the noise at a party rises "up to the point of pain" and the mournful hero is "unmade, not by fire, but by cold, smooth indifference." Unfortunately, a final chapter tacks on a happy ending and somewhat dulls the story's impact. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
In this homage to The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald High has a new student, Jake Garrett, who throws the best parties and is considered the coolest guy in town. He dresses like "he'd just waltzed off the pages of the J. Crew catalog," he drives a Beamer, and he gets off football snaps "like a cruise missile." Every guy wants to be invited to his bashes, and every girl wants to be with him, but he only wants drop-dead gorgeous Didi, the girlfriend of Todd, the school quarterback. Narrator Rick tells the tragic tale as Jake manages to gets together with the girl of his dreams, though she refuses to stop seeing Todd. When violence erupts at a dangerously over-the-top final party, Jake takes the fall for Didi. In the end he is exposed as a lovelorn poseur, a former math geek and term paper writer for cash who has remade his image and plotted for years to win the prize of Didi, only to see it all slip away. Korman, author of Son of the Mob, No More Dead Dogs, and other books for young readers, is an accomplished writer who succeeds in making this plot work in an updated context. The dialog is snappy, and there is humor as well as heartbreak. YAs will recognize the common high school types here and eat up the details of the wild parties. Be sure to bring this to the attention of English teachers, who might enjoy using it in a unit on The Great Gatsby. KLIATT Codes: S-Recommended for senior high school students. 2003, Hyperion, 213p., Ages 15 to 18.
— Paula Rohrlick
Children's Literature
Jake Garret, the mysterious newcomer to F. Scott Fitzgerald High School, turns the school and the town upside. Told through the eyes of Rick, a football playing teammate of the cooler than thou long snapper Jake, the tragedy behind the J. Crew studded stranger who throws the wildest Friday night parties in town is gradually revealed. While almost everyone falls in love with Jake, he only has eyes for Didi. Unfortunately, Didi's current beau is alpha male quarterback Todd Buckley. Jake, a former nerd and math tutor, developed an obsession for Didi and reinvents himself to win the superficial girl's heart. He goes beyond the voice of reason to win her over, and in the process, destroys his father's home. He even takes a bum wrap for her and is nearly sent to prison for assault. Korman uses first person narration laced with humor in relating this tragic tale of obsession. Korman is in touch with the real life concerns of modern teens as he writes about such topics as first loves, popularity, and self-esteem. The book warrants some caution for classroom use as teenage drinking, sex, and violence are explored. 2003, Hyperion, Ages 15 to 18.
— Patricia Silverberg
Korman's tribute to The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's story of a man who reinvents himself to attract the woman he loves, makes no apologies about matching the original almost scene for scene. The mysterious Jake Garrett (the parallel to Jay Gatsby), a new student at Fitzgerald High, and his Friday night parties are an overnight success. Beer, pizza, music, and a stream of interesting partygoers create the flame that attracts the in-crowd bevy of moths, including the king and queen of Fitzgerald High School, Todd Buckly and Didi Ray (Tom and Daisy Buchanan). Eventually, however, narrator Rick Paradis (Nick Carroway) discovers that the source of Jake's party funds is illicit, that he is a former nerd masquerading as a jock, and that his ulterior motive is to attract Didi, whom he has adored from a distance for years. When the in-crowd discovers Jake's masquerade (the incriminating evidence includes a chess championship trophy), they quickly betray him, and just as Gatsby took the blame for Daisy's accidental murder of Myrtle Wilson, Jake takes the rap when Didi sends offensive lineman Nelson Jaworski (Mr. Wilson) to the hospital by hammering him over the head with a champagne bottle. Fortunately Jake's ultimate fate is not nearly as dire as Gatsby's. Korman's book is a fun tribute to the original and might make a nice paired read with Fitzgerald's 1925 classic, a command of which is not necessary to enjoy this book. Korman succeeds in making the reader believe that a teenage boy could reinvent his identity and start a new life in a different school, an opportunity for which many people have wished. VOYA Codes 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broadgeneral YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Hyperion, 213p., Ages 12 to 18.
—James Blasingame
Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-When Rick comes home from summer camp, he discovers that there is a new "it" guy in his high school-one who dresses straight out of J. Crew; is a great football player; and throws the party, complete with multiple kegs, on Friday nights. When Rick finally meets Jake, he discovers that he likes this hip fellow. He is stunned to find out that Jake once tutored Didi, the girlfriend of the quarterback and the most beautiful girl around, in math. When they start spending time together, the entire student body awaits the fallout. It turns out that Jake has given himself a whole new image and persona in his new school to win the approval of the school's most popular and completely superficial crowd simply to attract the attention of someone he loves. Korman's reworking of The Great Gatsby places the action in a modern framework, which makes it more recognizable for today's readers and may lead them to the classic. Teens will find deeper issues to consider about popularity, being true to one's self, and taking responsibility for one's actions as they relate to the setting and characters.-Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Gordon Korman is one of the most popular young adult and middle grade authors writing today. He published his first book at the young age of fourteen and has been going strong ever since. A tireless self-promoter, Gordon is constantly traveling across the country to visit different schools. He and his wife, a teacher, live on Long Island with their three children.

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Jake, Reinvented 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake, Reinvented is a well-rounded book. Gordon Korman tells the classic tale of a typical teenager, Jacob Garrett, who changes his image and engages in things cool kids do in the hopes of being accepted. I am pretty sure that any teenager can relate to this book on some basis. We've all experienced the need to be with the popular 'in' crowd, have the most desired and hottest boyfriends, dress to impress, yadda yadda yadda. Great job bundling 'average teenage chaos' into one, Mr. Korman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absoultly amazing. I cant say enough about it. I am not a big reader, the only time i read is when im told to by a teacher. i have never really read a book that i was that i enjoyed but after i read the first page of this book i couldnt put it down.i was actully sad to finish reading it. Jake, reinvented tells the story of how a highschool boy trys so hard to impress a girl from his childhood and ruins his own life by doing so. What i loved most about this book was how it realtes to what highschool students go through today with all the wild keg parties and problems with girls. i recomend this book to anyone but espeicaly young adults i promise you that you will be blown away by this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To much sex and underage drinking. Didnt really grab me like kormans other books
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake reinvented was the book I was reading. It was a good book to read to me becasue it related to teens,And the parites were fun to read about.The drama in the book was also good drama between the students.It was a very good book that i would recommend to teens,or just to anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake, Reinvented is a fantastic, because the underage drinking. I like the awesome characters. I like how the setting could be anywhere and how the high school was named after F. Scott Fitzgerald. I like what happens in the end. I really like it because I can relate to it because they are the same age as me. In the book, Jake is the main character. He is a very smart person who moved to F. Scott Fitzgerald High School to get closed to the girl of his dreams that he tutored back in the day. He joins the football team to get popular and he has these parties every Friday with basically everyone there. Jake is a cheater and can¿t do nothing else on the football team except long snap. I think you should definitely get a chance to buy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book Jake Reinvented there were a lot of thing I liked about it. First it explained what happened at the parties pretty well. Another thing is that the parties are like the parties in today¿s life. This is a very good book it has a lot of twist and turns to it. This book is one to not pass up, I recommend it. There is not many dislikes about this book. There is one thing I believe that the book should have had a couple of more parties. Other than that I really don¿t have anything else I disliked about it. This is a book that everybody needs to read. Like I said before, this is a book I recommend that you read
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake Reinvented by Gordon Korman was an excellent book of describing how most high school life is. This book is a great book for reading in school. I like how the author made all the different clicks and explains their rolls throughout the book. I like how it took a classic story, The Great Gatsby and brought it to a new age. The book Jake Reinvented starts with this kid Rick going to parties that start getting worse as the stories continues. Another thing about the story is how the ending sneaks up on you. One disappointment in the book was that it would have lead to someone¿s death. That is why I would have to recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good book. It was very interesting to a person my age. I was drawn in by all of the action and parties. There was a lot of underage drinking. I believe this is a great book to read in the classroom. Jake Reinvented is the story of a teenage boy who is trying to change his past. He wants to recreate his image to impress a girl. Along the way he is caught in many bad situations. This book is written well but it could have been longer. I feel there are many things that could have been talked about upon further reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like Jake Reinvented because it¿s an awesome book. It has lots of drama and fighting that¿s the kind of books I like to read. As you read the book it makes you get deeper into it just makes you want to read it non-stop. If it was up to me I would give this book a 5 or 6 and recommend every person in the world to read this book. What I disliked about Jake Reinvented is it could have had more characters. The book also could have been longer. At the end of the book when Jake had to go to court and had to move with his mom it should of said what happened to him. Like when he moved with his mom it didn¿t say did he have any more parties or what his dad thought about the situation he was in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake, Reinvented is a great book for young adults. This book is much alike high schools everywhere. The main character is Jake Garret. He is new at school and seems to be a super cool guy. He throws many parties that it seems everyone from school attends. These are some of the things that make this a great book for teens. These event are so understandable for teens because it is very similar to normal high school life. I would strongly suggest this book to anyone from their early teens to their early twenties. The only flaw that I have found is that it is a bit short. I say this because it is such a great book I wish I could have read more of this story. Overall this is a great book and I would give it two cups up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake Reinvented is a wonderful book for teenagers to read. Jake is a new kid at the high school and he throws awesome parties every Friday night. He has a huge crush on one of his old friends from school. I like this book because teenagers can relate to it and read that every teenager has the same problems. I think every teenager should read this book during high school at one point or time. I would rate this book a four star book. Jake, Reinvented teaches you to always be yourself and don¿t try to be anyone that you¿re not. This book also shows how people will go to extreme risks just to get a boy or girl to look at them. I like that it has peer-pressure in the book because it could help teenagers now a days that are in high school coop with their problems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake, Reinvented is a good book for teenagers to read. Most teenagers can relate to the book. Most people can compare themselves to some character in the book. Therefore you get into the book because you feel like you are living the story. The book is about how far someone will go for someone they love. This is a few reasons why I like this book so much. The book is very easy to read, because it is written in our young language. Yet it helped me better understand The Great Gatsby. This was a very hard book to understand, because it was written back in the 1920¿s. However I found the ending of the book was not as good as the rest of the story. Yet this was still a very good book. I would recommend any teenager to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed reading the book The Great Gatsby, you will love reading Jake, Reinvented. This book was one of the best books I have ever read. The more I read, the more I liked it. It kept me at the edge of my seat. I never knew what was going to happen next. The crazy parties were first to catch my eye. This book was mainly about a boy who fell in love with a girl and would do almost anything for her, including move near her and throw crazy parties hoping she would show up at one of them. The only thing I didn¿t like was the ending, but you¿ll have to read it to find out what happens. This was a great comparison to The Great Gatsby, however, it was in modern day time and younger characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very interested in the novel Jake, Reinvented, and loved the book. This book is the only novel I have read that relates to me as a teenager. Although there were some things I did not like about it, there were many things I loved. I loved how there were so many parties and drinking because high school is so much like that these days. I also like how there was teen romance. Some of the things I did not like was the ending of the book and the way Jake handled the situation. All together I thought it was great and loved this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman, I like how the writer relates to the high school drama that many of his reader experience. The way the author organizes the dialect between characters was enjoyable and some of the readers may think it is acceptable to drink under age. Although the novel has positive and negative points, it is successful in appealing to youth. My English class just read The Great Gatsby, and read Jake, Reinvented a month before. I think Jake, Reinvented helped me understand the characters and storyline of The Great Gatsby. Jake, Reinvented was more in a modern language for the youth than The Great Gatsby. I think Jake, Reinvented is an excellent book, and I would definitely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that Jake, Reinvented was a good book. There are many reasons why I liked the book and many reasons why I didn¿t like the book. The reasons why I like the book is because it was short, it was an easy to ready book and you could easily get into it, and it was based on present time and also had a good narrator. To go along with the many reasons that I liked the book, there are many reasons why I disliked the book. One of the reasons why I disliked the book is because it wasn¿t really realistic. In some ways it could relate to really life but come on, nobody has relationships like that without getting caught. The other reasons why I didn¿t like the book is because the relationship guidelines were semi-hard to follow and the fact that Jake got into big trouble at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake, Reinvented is a very good book. It takes place in the present day high school. You follow Rick Paradis through a series of events that will change him forever. Jake Garrett is the mysterious new kid in town, and already he is popular. He throws the best parties. Jake has eyes for Didi the prettiest girl in town. The problem with this is that Didi has a boyfriend already, Todd Buckley. Todd is the quarterback of F. Scott Fitzgerald High¿s football team. This of course causes controversy. I like this book because you I can relate being in high school, and around the party scene. I also like the relationships in the book. The cheating, the start of new ones. I give this book five stars. I recommend Jake, Reinvented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Jake, Reinvented is a great book for teens. It really does relate to high school. I like the way it describes the parties in so much detail. There was a lot of drama in the book, which made it interesting. Overall, I think it was a good book. There are some negatives to Jake, Reinvented as well. I thought the worst part was the ending. I didn¿t like how it did not give much detail in the end, after Jake was done with his situation. I thought the book ended too soon. When you finished, you were left with a confused feeling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake Reinvented is a exciting book. It starts off with a new kid named Jake Garrett who showed up out of the blue. He is the best long snapper that the Broncos have ever had. He starts throwing parties and they during each party new people come. He becomes friends with Nick. Didi shows up at one of the parties and Jake remembers her from his past. When his parties starts to get out of hand the cops come. I liked this book because it relates to high school kids. They throw parties and have fun every Friday. It has a lot of drama. It has a book from the version on the 1920 called The Great Gatsby. It is a very good book and if you like to read about kids having parties, with a lot of drama
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book I really liked was Jake, Reinvented. I liked it because its about a bunch of high school kids that love to party. It starts out with a party at this new kids house who had just moved in. his name is Jacob Garret. He likes this girl and she is supposed to be verty beutiful. At the end theres alot of drama just like in high school.Everyone gets cheated on or something bad happens.One thing I dont like about this book is the end. It was very disappointing. I reccomend everyone to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
5 star Jake, Reinvented 12/11/07 3rd By Josh Webb - Jake, Reinvent is a great book for teenagers in high school. Most teenagers in high school can relate to a character in this book. Jake is a person that shows that we can do what we put our minds to. Although he also shows us that what we want in high school isn¿t always good for us. No matter how much we think it is. That is one of the reasons why I like this book. The book Jake, Reinvented, is a great book to read. The book is easy to read, and is really easy to relate to. It seemed like for a while to be a book about teens, high-school, parties and cliques. However it was really about love and how far some people are willing to go to win it. This book helped me understand The Great Gatsby so much better. Therefore I think this book is a great book for teenagers to win.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Jake Reinvented was too slow. It took too long for any of the good stuff to happen. This made it very boring. I didn¿t understand why Jake goes after Didi so much when he knows she has a boyfriend. Another thing didn¿t understand is why the cops never showed up at the parties. I didn¿t like the fact that there was so much drama. However I did like the story line in general. It reminds me of my life today. I liked the events that took place before and during the parties. I liked how they always had kegs, it sounds fun. The fighting between people added extra excitement. I recommend this book because I think teens could relate to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake Reinvented overall is a good book for the teenage age group. The book keeps your attention and has the reader wanting to read more and more. The book has a great story and interesting climaxes. Also the characters have interesting and unique personalities. One better thing about the book is all the action at the parties. Jake is a mysterious character that comes out of nowhere and becomes poplar in an instant. The parties he throws attracts everyone people he knew and didn't know. He has a heavy crush on this girl named Didi, which he is doing everything to try and get her. His best friend, Rick, has his back trying to keep him out of trouble. The tension builds as Tom, Didi's boyfriend, finds out about Jake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are some very good things in the book Jake Reinvented what I like about Jake Reinvented is how it talks about the teenage life. All it does is explain what he like doing and he just want to hang out with our friends, not sit in the house all day and listen to your parents nag on you. And it kind of shows you the one's you think are so lame could really be cool, and the one's you think are so popular could be nerdy. I like the book title it is pretty decent. There is some dislikes in the book Jake Reinvented. I do not like the character Dipsy because he acts to childish to be a teenager. My other dislike is why were there any black characters not to saying I¿m against the race or anything there just should have been at least one black character. The last thing I dislike is not enough action excitement scenes in it.