Beastly by Alex Flinn
Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Publisher : Harperteen
Pages : 336
Genre : Young Adult
Type : Paperback
Cover : UK Cover
Got : Library

Rating : ♥ ♥ ♥


Love is never ugly
I am a beast. A beast! Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. 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. 


This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, in a current setting. Although it isn't exactly the same. We get to know Kyle, the usual sort of popular guy in school. He's gorgeous and very sure of himself. Not giving anyone, who he thinks isn't gorgeous, his attention. Perhaps good looking on the outside, but inside, a horrible person. Therefore, he has a spell put on him which turns him into a monster. The only way to change back would be to be kissed, by someone who loved him for who he is, not what he looks like. He doesn't think it's possible, everything is based on looks.
Obviously, he can't go out, doesn't go to school and when his father finds out, he tries to pay people to change him. But they can't do it. So, his father buys him his own house, a place to have him hidden. Sending a blind tutor to teach him what he wants. Kyle sees how sure of himself he was, it becoming obvious that there are more to people. He learns his mistakes, changes his ways, but finding someone to learn to love him when he can't even go out, that's something else.
I liked this book, not exactly for the version, but for the meaning, which i suppose is from the original. Although people know of Beauty and the Beast, perhaps they don't think of it being in this era. This version brings it right to this era, letting it's readers relate to various aspects of it. Girls and guys that don't think they are gorgeous, will understand and probably have known someone like Kyle. But, people who think like Kyle, if they read this, i would like those people to realise just how they can hurt someone, how looks aren't everything. That's wanting a lot.

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Blogger Cherry said on 29 December 2011 at 08:29  

Do you think the film is as good as the book?

Blogger nikorachan said on 29 December 2011 at 16:58  

I haven't seen the film, but i suppose it will not be as good as the book, it's usually like that.

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