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Gordon Korman
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Jake, Reinvented

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  1,066 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
Korman reinvents The Great Gatsby for teens in this story about Jake Garret, the mysterious new student at Fitzgerald High. Told through the eyes of Jake's friend, readers get to know Jake and, eventually, his secret.
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Turtleback Books (first published September 28th 2003)
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Alicia O'Carrick
Oct 04, 2015 Alicia O'Carrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alicia by: My English teacher >_>

This wasn't a crush. It wasn't even true love. It was total obsession.

^Well, at least they got that part right.

When you retell The Great Gatsby, you have a lot of breathing room. The book is essentially about a man and his obsession with a girl that just does not love him as much as he loves her, and despite his pleading, will not break up with her boyfriend and run away with him. It's supposed to be romantic and tragic, but it failed on both accounts for me.

You could do anything you wanted, a
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
May 29, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Michele C
Nov 02, 2012 Michele C rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 1.5

Before 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
Jul 06, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, classroom
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
Cole Hopkins
Dec 19, 2014 Cole Hopkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Breanna luvinlife Stiff
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I once thought that high school drama was so over rated and and uninteresting that's until I read this 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,t
Debra Zager
Jul 11, 2013 Debra Zager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-678
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 ...more
Alysha Speer
Feb 11, 2009 Alysha Speer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alysha by: Kim
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Sep 08, 2016 Edogfresh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 30, 2015 Natali rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2010 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 24, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs678

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Pairing 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 planned so tha
Dec 24, 2016 Factorfictn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Factorfictn by: sister
Shelves: y-a, cdn, contemp
Catching up on what one of my favourite authors has written since I "outgrew" his target audience. I was felt so sad at the end of this book and thought about Jake for a few days after I finished. Mr. Korman remains a fave.
Chris Kervina
Sep 04, 2010 Chris Kervina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
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Zak Pasikowski
Oct 07, 2013 Zak Pasikowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more

Jake, 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 managed to cle
Christopher Cook
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 ...more
Mar 21, 2009 Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adults and adults alike
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
Aug 15, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-guy
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 ...more
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
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
Oct 27, 2010 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 every.single.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 s
Oct 02, 2009 Marielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Target Audience: High School, Football crowds, "nerds"
Primary Purpose: To inform of how the outcasts feel, how to be yourself
Manner of Expression
Joel Neff
Jun 05, 2008 Joel Neff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers.
Recommended to Joel by: Cathy Neff
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
Two reasons I read this-blue cover and I'm about to teach Gatsby again. This is pretty much a teen version of the story. Jake throws huge parties every Friday night and EVERYONE is there even though he is new at Fitzgerald HIgh School. Like the OG story, it is told from an outside point of view-Rick. IF you are familiar with Gatsby you will recognize the similarities throughout. Instead of "old sport", Jake says "baby." He has a mysterious past and he pines for the most beautiful girl in the ne ...more
May 11, 2013 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I'm an unapologetic elitist who still thinks Korman's early books are his best and the later stuff fairly mediocre, Jake, Reinvented still does a good job of YA escapism. It's a totally unrealistic book (as most of Korman novels are, if we're being honest), but it gets at the heart of some real issues.

I was surprised, actually, at how smarmy this book actually is. I'm not used to a Korman book acknowledging underage drinking, cheating, house parties, and so forth, but here we are. And whil
Tanner Johnson
Gordon Korman's Jake Reinvented is essentially the same story as F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby but in a high school setting in modern times. Rick Paradis the kicker for the football team at his high school is the narrator of this story. The story Begins at a party at new kid at school (Jake Garrets) house. Jake unlike Rick is wanted by nearly every girl at school. No one really knows the real story behind Jake at first, but Rick soon learns Jakes secret past. Jake continues to throw ela ...more
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This is BY FAR THE STUPIDEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. I rarely make this tragic a mistake when selecting books, but this was definitely a lapse in judgment. Want an outline of the plot? Jocky kid throws lots of parties. Jealous kid gets suspicious and goes around telling everyone that Jocky guy has a big fat secret and he's going to find it. And, drumroll puh-leeese, the big secret issss....

Talk about a weak plot. After barely surviving this literary travesty which hardl
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i
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