My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix: Remixed Classics, Book 6 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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"Clifford Samuel's low, melodious voice sounds like it was made for this atmospheric queer retelling of the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde story."—AudioFile Magazine
A teen boy tries to discover the reason behind his best friend's disappearance—and the arrival of a mysterious and magnetic stranger—in misty Victorian London, in Kalynn Bayron's My Dear Henry, a gothic YA remix of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, sixth in the Remixed Classics series.
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
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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
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 49 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 07 2023|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #96,817 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#24 in Literature & Fiction Classics for Teens
#170 in Historical Fiction for Teens
#189 in Horror Fiction for Teens
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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.