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Jake, Reinvented

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,222 ratings  ·  167 reviews
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 h ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 13th 2005 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published September 28th 2003)
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May 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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 rated it liked it
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
Ms. B
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017, ya
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.
Michele C
Nov 02, 2012 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
Stephanie R.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 read...just the kind of somewhat shallow book fling I was looking for after some other books that took more of a commitment to complete.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
by,Gordon Korman
review by breanna stiff

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 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 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alysha by: Kim
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Jul 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Richie Partington
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
30 June 2003 JAKE, REINVENTED by Gordon Korman, Hyperion, September 2003, ISBN 0-7868-1957-X

"I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited--they went there. They got into automobiles which bore them out to Long Island, and somehow they ended up at Gatsby's door. Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby, and after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior ass
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Gordon Korman’s YA novel Jake, Reinvented takes a page straight out of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby. Like, straight out of it. This is the story of Rick, a high school kid who is only marginally cool because he is the kicker and back-up quarterback for the F. Scott Fitzgerald (yep!) high school football team and hangs out with Todd Buckley, the team’s hyper-masculine starting quarterback.

Rick Paradis is an observer, much in the same as Nick Carraway watched the action in The G
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books-11-20
In this re-telling of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rick, a kicker for Fitzgerald High's football team, seems to care about nothing except for being invited to an awesome party because of his connection to Todd, the popular captain of the football team, and watching the happenings of going ons around him. That is, until he meets Jake Garrett. Seemingly to appear out of nowhere with his hip, fashionable attire, his 'Hey, baby' nickname for people, and a house constantly being used for ...more
Annie Young
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 written for adult ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Quick read. Great detail if you’re into football and high school drinking parties...neither of which held my interest. Found no likable characters in this book. Writing did not keep my attention. If I would have known it was retelling if the Great Gatsby, I would not have read it. Wanted to like it as synopsis sounded interesting and this author has written SO much for elementary and middle school kids-this was a high school targeted book. Do not recommend.
Apparently a reselling of the Great Gatsby, this is a story that focuses on the party life style of teenagers while never glamourizing it. It speaks to the shallowness of some relationships and the obsessions that can ruin us.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The "it" guy has reinvented himself, but does his popularity make him happy? Good story.
Jessica Nekuda
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Gatsby with all my heart and this just makes it beautiful
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-ahs
Updated great gatsby. Enjoyable.
Jake Rau
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Justin Kean
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Really enjoyed the plot and ending to the story. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Chris Kervina
Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books
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Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Jennifer Holmes
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Typical teen book. Great read for middle school or young jr. high.
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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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