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My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix Hardcover – March 7 2023
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In the Remixed Classics series, authors from marginalized backgrounds reinterpret classic works through their own cultural lens to subvert the overwhelming cishet, white, and male canon. This gothic YA remix of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde subverts the cishet white perspective of the original, starring a Black queer teen searching for the reason behind his best friend’s disappearance and the arrival of a magnetic stranger.
London, 1885. Gabriel Utterson, a 17-year-old law clerk, has returned to London for the first time since his life― and that of his dearest friend, Henry Jekyll―was derailed by a scandal that led to his and Henry's expulsion from the London Medical School. Whispers about the true nature of Gabriel and Henry's relationship have followed the boys for two years, and now Gabriel has a chance to start again.
But Gabriel doesn't want to move on, not without Henry. His friend has become distant and cold since the disastrous events of the prior spring, and now his letters have stopped altogether. Desperate to discover what's become of him, Gabriel takes to watching the Jekyll house.
In doing so, Gabriel meets Hyde, a a strangely familiar young man with white hair and a magnetic charisma. He claims to be friends with Henry, and Gabriel can't help but begin to grow jealous at their apparent closeness, especially as Henry continues to act like Gabriel means nothing to him.
But the secret behind Henry's apathy is only the first part of a deeper mystery that has begun to coalesce. Monsters of all kinds prowl within the London fog―and not all of them are out for blood...
The Remixed Classics Series
A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix by C.B. Lee
So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Morrow
Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix by Aminah Mae Safi
What Souls Are Made Of: A Wuthering Heights Remix by Tasha Suri
Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore
My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix by Kalynn Bayron
Teach the Torches to Burn: A Romeo & Juliet Remix by Caleb Roehrig
Into the Bright Open: A Secret Garden Remix by Cherie Dimaline
Most Ardently: A Pride & Prejudice Remix by Gabe Cole Novoa
From the Publisher
|A Clash of Steel||So Many Beginnings||Travelers Along the Way||What Souls Are Made Of||Self-Made Boys||My Dear Henry|
|Read them all!||Two intrepid girls hunt for a legendary treasure on the deadly high seas in this C.B. Lee's remix of the classic adventure novel Treasure Island.||Four young Black sisters come of age during the American Civil War in this warm and powerful remix of the classic novel Little Women from national bestselling author Bethany C. Morrow.||A ragtag band of misfits gets swept up in Holy Land politics in this thrilling remix of the classic legend of Robin Hood from Aminah Mae Safi.||From British Fantasy Award-winning author Tasha Suri comes a masterful new take on Brontë's Wuthering Heights that will leave readers breathless.||Stonewall Honor recipient and two-time National Book Award Longlist selectee Anna-Marie McLemore weaves an intoxicating tale of glamor and heartache in this remix of Great Gatsby.||In misty Victorian London, a teen boy tries to discover the reason behind his best friend's disappearance—and the arrival of a mysterious and magnetic stranger—in Kalynn Bayron's gothic remix of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.|
Praise for My Dear Henry:
A Junior Library Guild Selection
The Nerd Daily Most Anticipated 2023 Release
Buzzfeed Most Anticipated Winter 2023 YA
"Addressing invisibility, power, and passion, Bayron’s updated classic simmers with Gothic imagery, romance, and a robust exploration of what it means to be whole. A vibrant retelling." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Bayron captures the tone and pace of a Victorian novel in Gabriel's first-person narrative uncoiling the dramatic plot precisely yet at a pace that won't lose the reader. The emotional elements and conflict add tension, and this latest in the Remixed Classics series will satisfy readers." ―Booklist
"Part of the exquisite Remixed Classics series, this take on Jekyll & Hyde is more proof that Bayron is a must-read YA author. ... An atmospheric, eerie retelling centering a Black, queer main character." ―Buzzfeed
Praise for Remixed Classics:
"Lee (the Sidekick Squad series) elegantly situates Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1882 Treasure Island against a richly embroidered Qing dynasty backdrop in this carefully crafted queer interpretation. ... Inspired by female pirate Zheng Yi Sao, this deeply immersive adventure features deftly interwoven Chinese and Vietnamese, luscious culinary descriptions, and well-rendered explorations of imperialism, treasure, found family, and love." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix by C.B. Lee
"'Fun' doesn’t even begin to describe this rich and imaginative retelling of Treasure Island. ... It’s obvious that this book was a labor of love, which made it all the more enjoyable to read. Pirate stories don’t get much better than this." ―Hypable, on A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix by C.B. Lee
"Morrow’s ability to take the lingering stain of slavery on American history and use it as a catalyst for unbreakable love and resilience is flawless. That she has remixed a canonical text to do so only further illuminates the need to critically question who holds the pen in telling our nation’s story." ―Booklist, starred review, on So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Morrow
"Impressive ... Via delicately written characterizations, each March woman exemplifies the notion that the wounds of bondage don’t disappear simply because freedom is at hand, and the racist catalyst of enslavement doesn’t disappear with the stroke of a pen, as a beloved story gains new meaning through the lens of enduring Black resilience, love, and hope." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Morrow
"Rousing ... Wholly original in its cultural perspective and its centering of strong female characters. ... By creating an almost all-female cast, Safi makes women the heart of her story at a time when they were seen as a 'bargaining chip.'" ―Shelf Awareness, starred review
"In Travelers Along the Way, Safi has assembled the perfect team to steal my heart. This is the thoughtful, thought-provoking, and wildly fun retelling of Robin Hood you’ve been waiting for!" ―Kiersten White, New York Times-bestselling author of And I Darken, on Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix by Aminah Mae Safi
"A gorgeously reclaimed Gothic. Atmospheric and incisive, What Souls Are Made Of cuts deep into the question of identity and the ghosts of legacy haunting these windswept moors. I’m a Tasha Suri fan for life." ―Chloe Gong, New York Times-bestselling author of These Violent Delights, on What Souls Are Made Of: A Wuthering Heights Remix by Tasha Suri
"This remix of Wuthering Heights is an epic piece of historical fiction, and a testament to Suri's incredible storytelling skills." ―Buzzfeed, on What Souls Are Made Of: A Wuthering Heights Remix by Tasha Suri
"McLemore’s triumphant retelling is for anyone who read The Great Gatsby and thought, this book needs to be much gayer ... In this satisfying, emotional journey that celebrates love, family, friendship, identity, and forging one’s own path, McLemore captures the spirit of the original while adding nuance and depth, setting a new bar for what a great retelling can be." ―Booklist, starred review, on Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore
"Compelling and satisfying for Gatsby fans, critics, and neophytes alike, avoiding and subverting tropes and giving the main quartet the happy endings they deserve. In this absolutely stunning work, McLemore delivers their signature lyrical prose and rich symbolism. ... Richy imagined, fiercely tender, and achingly beautiful. ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore
Praise for Kalynn Bayron:
"A verdant read as rich as the greenery within it, This Poison Heart will wrap its vines around you and never let go." ―Kayla Ancrum, author of The Wicker King and Darling, on This Poison Heart
"Bayron weaves science and Greek mythology into a captivating lore that lends weight to this fantastical contemporary story. She conjures entertaining and realistic dialogue and attentive characterization, while incisive descriptions and sumptuous prose evoke a wonderfully gothic atmosphere." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on This Poison Heart
"This Poison Heart masterfully weaves a unique story grounded in the depths of Greek mythology and Black girlhood, ideal for lovers of folklore or those who enjoy the thrill of a well-paced and unanticipated adventure." ―Booklist, starred review, on This Poison Heart
"Kalynn Bayron does more than re-write a fairy-tale . . . She breaks it apart and rebuilds it into a wholly original and captivating story where girls finally decide for themselves who lives happily ever after." ―Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times-bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely, on Cinderella Is Dead
"Flipping the Cinderella tale on its head, Bayron’s take challenges patriarchy with kick-butt heroines and a counter-story that will forever change how readers perceive fairy tales." ―Booklist, starred review, on Cinderella Is Dead
About the Author
- Publisher : Feiwel & Friends (March 7 2023)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250833566
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250833563
- Item weight : 363 g
- Dimensions : 14.48 x 2.41 x 21.72 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #407,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #182 in Fiction Classics for Young Adults
- #511 in Horror for Young Adults
- #551 in LGBTQ2S+ Fiction for Young Adults
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What I liked about this book was the fact that I felt totally drawn in with the atmosphere of London of the time and I can easily imagine the smells, smog and fog of those London streets. The cloying smell of the formaldehyde filling the air of the less then ideal classrooms. And in true gothic nature, this was slow burn of a tale. There were even some moments when I felt reading from Gabriel’s POV that the book was a wee bit slow. I wish we were able to see the story from Hyde’s POV. I was able to grab the audiobook from my library using the Overdrive app, heard at 1.25x, it was read slowly and I believe it was done this way to give homage to the original story with the gothic, eerie feel. Following along with Gabe as he tries to figure out why the interactions between himself and Hyde had such familiarity was pretty cool, knowing what was bound to happen.
All in all it was an okay book, I like the diverse characters and seeing gay black men find happiness in each other at a time, holding hands, letters of love, it bought joy to my heart. Even if it brought them some heartache. I enjoyed this take on a classic and I would suggest that if you like this and wanted to read an adult gothic slow burn eerie feeling read, try Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia.
Reimagined twist on this classic tale! I love that Kalyan’s version got to infuse diversity into the story! It’s hard to imagine being queer in those times and trying to navigate what love would look like! The fear of people finding out! And that was with also being black in a world that terrorizes black people. The book is deep, emotional, thought provoking, and intriguing! I highly recommend you read it!
Firstly, I don't read classics but I am vaguely familiar with Jekyll and Hyde and what it often represents particularly in pop culture. So I'm not reading this and comparing it to the original.
Secondly, it was the cover that actually caught my attention. There is something so beautiful about it. I read it on kindle but absolutely ordered the paperback too.
I loved this book. The author's writing style hooked me and that's important for me if I can't initially connect with the style of writing from the beginning I tend to struggle to stick with the book but it really pulled me in here.
In the beginning what we have is two Black boys; Gabriel & Henry who so sweetly connect with one another in a world that hates Black people and queerness. Their love which is instant; which is something that I usually dislike, is so sweet and pure here. Although it does shift to a slow burn because of what unfolds in the story. So we have both a slow burn and Insta love connection. Then we have events that unfold surrounding the Jekyll family, particularly with Henry and his Dad which leaves Gabriel scrambling to put the pieces of the sinister puzzle together.
The racism in this book showcases how it was and how it still is with the ways it is both overtly and insidious orchestrated and the impact that follows. It was difficult to read not because it was a million miles away because it's still present now but it's just very painful to read of the pain and cruelty and I hope to never be desensitized to others pain, past and present.
The author also explored themes of hypocritical bigotry and how fickle people's morality truly is to uphold oppressive hierarchy. There's an exploration of the lie that people buy into when it comes to the oppressed being encouraged to play the game of respectability politics and the truth that it just protects and helps the oppressors. Also the ways that parents can break their kids when they wield their love & respect like a weapon. There is deep cruel homophobia here too and the part it plays is essentially, the core of this story. I think there's a lot that Kalynn Bayron masterfully weaved into the story where a lot of societal issues are explored here without ever feeling the author was just stacking these things onto eachother. They are linked and it feels like it flows really well into the story. All the while there is a very sweet love story that I'm gonna be honest there were moments where I wasn't sure it would end happy, I wasn't 100% sure that we would get back there. I couldn't really see how, but we do get there.
The world that the author has created here is so rich and full of characters that I loathed on sight - Hastings and Carew for starters- and that I loved like our main guys, although I'm not going to lie Henry made it increasingly difficult since we naturally only get Gabriel's POV. There's also Miss Laurie, Lanyon, Mr Guest, Enfield, just to name a few. I would even like their books but I imagine that won't happen. There were times, I'm not going to lie, that I wished for Gabriel and Lanyon to happen. Gosh, Lanyon needed love, he was so sweet and broke my heart in more ways than one.
I loved being in this book and it is 5 stars for me but the logical side of my brain cannot help to get stuck on the concept of Jekyll and Hyde, not just in this book but in general and the idea that people didn't realize the same person. I guess there were some physical differences but I can't quite get past it. I would have loved that to be explored a bit more. There are other things that I'd have enjoyed to see developed a bit more,to understand Henry & his reasoning a more as well as Dr Jekyll himself and his work. There's some of that which is just brushed on by and I can't help but have more questions about some things that don't feel like they were explored as they could be.
However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book even when it was causing me angst and frustration. I'm sad it is ended and even though it was difficult to read at times there is a sweet, deserved happy ending.