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ISBN13: 9780060874186
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A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

About the Author

Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and made her two daughters sit through several dozen versions of Beauty and the Beastwhile she wrote this book . . . then quizzed them on how they thought a beast would meet girls in New York City. She is the author of six other books, including Breathing Underwater, an ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults; Breaking Point, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers; Nothing to Lose, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Fade to Black, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults nominee; Diva; and A Kiss in Time. She lives in Miami.

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Allison Jones, May 25, 2012 (view all comments by Allison Jones)
Beastly is a beautiful retelling of a classic fairytale: Beauty and the Beast. I loved how Flinn has the "princess" be a somewhat pretty nerdy girl instead of some drop dead gorgeous chick. Makes you feel like a princess in your own life. (If your a girl that is.)
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Erin Clarkson, November 7, 2010 (view all comments by Erin Clarkson)
Over four years ago I was told about this book, Beastly. I checked it out from the library, read the first section (which is a chat session with the main character and other modern-day fairy tale characters) and somehow got it into my head that the rest of the book would be in chat form. I turned it back in and didn’t really give it much more thought. Then a few weeks ago I saw a poster for the new movie they’re making of this book. So when I was at the library yesterday I looked to see if they had it, and they did.

I finished in about five hours today. And I loved it (which I should have known I would). The story is unique among Beauty and the Beast tales in that it is told from the perspective of the Beast. Also, it takes place in modern day New York City.

Beginning before the curse, the book takes you through Kyle’s entire journey. You see the snotty, cruel spoiled boy. You watch him turn into a Beast and lose all hope. Then you see him meet the girl, Lindy. And you watch them become friends, and eventually fall in love.

Sure it’s a little sappy and yeah it’s a romance. But it does what no other Beauty and the Beast tale has done: it make the Beast very, very human. And I thought making the characters 16 years old worked for the whole falling in love thing. When you’re 16 finding true love is totally possible.

Kyle’s voice was engaging and very true. He changes as the story goes along, but never lose the sense of self established at the beginning. He doesn’t lose his confidence or the core of who he is. Not to sound cliche, but its more the surface of him that changes, even while his appearance does not.

To round this all off: Beastly was excellently done, and a pleasure to read. It’s a romance, and it’s a discovery. And most of all: it’s a fairy tale.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060874186
Author:
Flinn, Alex
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Author:
by Alex Flinn
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Beauty, Personal
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20080923
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.32x4.86x.76 in. .46 lbs.
Age Level:
14-17

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