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Beastly

by Alex Flinn

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 21, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Beastly is rated 4.2432 out of 5 by 37.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.82 in

Published: December 21, 2009

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061998664

ISBN - 13: 9780061998669

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A superb fairytale retelling! Loved it!! I love fairytale retellings, and Alex Flinn’s books have been on my TBR list for a long time! I was a little bit worried when I started the book because I just hated the main character, Kyle Kingsbury. What a jerk! I soon learned that he is supposed to come across that way, and his attitude is the reason why he’s been cursed. Kyle is a 16 year-old teenage boy that every girl swoons over: He’s rich and good-looking. Unfortunately, he feels that this gives him the right to act like a Class A jerk. The sad news is that he usually gets away with it. This time, however, Kyle has picked the wrong girl to mess with: A goth girl named Kendra Hilferty. He acts as though he likes her and invites her to the dance, telling her that he will buy the tickets and meet her there. All the while, his intention is to take the prettiest snob in the school, Sloane Hagen. News spreads like wildfire all over the school that Kyle is taking Kendra to the dance, and he lets Sloane in on his secret plan. At the dance, Kendra is waiting for Kyle in the lobby. He sees her, and he kisses Sloane in front of her. Kyle and Sloane laugh at Kendra’s expense, humiliating her. Kendra doesn’t seem shocked, however. That night, Kendra appears in Kyle’s bedroom and morphs into a gorgeous girl. She puts a curse on Kyle, telling him that he will become as ugly on the outside as he is in the inside and that he has two years to break the curse or remain a beast forever. He must fall in love, his beloved must fall in love with him, and their kiss will break the curse. Kyle’s father, a news anchorman, is too consumed with own looks (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!) to care much about what has happened to Kyle. After taking Kyle to the obligatory meetings with specialists to see if plastic surgery or other treatments can revert him back to the way he looked before, he realizes that any attempt will fail and ultimately dumps him off with a maid and a blind tutor in a five-story brownstone. Talk about cold-hearted! Wow, I loved this Beauty and the Beast retelling! I really hated Kyle in the beginning and was glad to see his comeuppance. As time went on and his personality began to change, I really started to feel sad for him. This just shows how brilliant Flinn is, when she can make someone first loathe and then love the protagonist! The unconventional romance built slowly with first a foundation of trust and friendship. This book has turned me into a huge Flinn fan, and I will definitely be reading more of her books! I can’t wait to start on the next book in the series, Beastly: Lindy’s Diary, which was released in 2012.
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT ! This was my 2nd time reading Beastly and I remember loving it back then, and I still love it now!! If you don't know already, it's an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, one of my favourite Disney movies. Now that I read it again, I can see how much it actually is like the movie, but also how it's different. Kyle Kingsbury was turned into a beast because he was a cold, cruel and rude person. He had the perfect looks and everything, but he would pick out every flaw about someone and make fun of them for it. To say the least, he was a jerk. It was why Kendra, the witch, turned him into a beast. However, through his love for Lindy he became a different person, and I absolutely loved him. Kyle cared so much for Lindy, and he did everything he could just to make her feel happy. There were chats that Kyle participated in after he became a beast. It was supposed to help them cope with his transformation, and also hear about others transformations as well. I loved it because they were other obvious Disney characters. I also liked the way it was told from Kyle's point of view. There aren't a lot of books, especially romantic ones told from the guy's point of view. Well, few of which I've come across anyways. The lesson here is what I loved: Don't judge someone for their looks. Look past that and see them for who they really are. Kyle was a cold person with good looks, but the beast version of him (Adrian, because he renamed himself) became a caring, loving person/beast(?). He may have been ugly, but he was such a romantic and really swoon-worthy. Beastly made me laugh and even though it was my second time through and I knew everything that was going to happen, I still cried. I absolutely loved this adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. (It even had a library full of books from floor to ceiling, like the one Belle had which was the size of a ballroom.)
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't grab me I liked Beastly, but I didn't love it. What I did like, however, was the fact that the story was twisted in a unique way and was different from the classic Beauty and the Beast. It was a modern version, which was quite creative. It demonstrated how many people in our current society base their feelings on appearance, wealth and popularity. The novel showed the transition of Kyle's personality excellently; going from a shallow, arrogant Kyle to a sensitive, humble Adrian. What I did not like was how it was so predictable because it was based on a well-known, classic fairy tale. Predictability really turns me off-- I enjoy spontaneous and unpredictable story lines. Furthermore, Kyle's arrogance, insensitivity and stupidity REALLY frustrated me in the beginning, which created a bad impression on the novel right from the start. This book is a good read if you want a heart-warming story. I, for one, like a deep, complex, unpredictable and full-of-non-stop-action story. Beastly was not for me.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Star Beastly is a remake of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” but from the beasts perspective in 21st century New York City. We as people judge others on the way we look, instead of what is on the inside. This story explains the inner beauty that can be found within oneself. I enjoyed this book because the way it made me feel, and also how the beasts’ character developed throughout the book. The authors’ style of writing really helped me feel as if I was in the story and knew the characters at a personal level. The ending of the book was superb. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance stories.
Date published: 2012-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it! I feel that the overall concept of this book was awesome. You can definatly tell that it is Beauty and the Beast. defiantly wasn't cheesy. the characters were well developed and detailed, However in the beginning Kyle was not a very "likable" character. As the book progressed my feelings lightened and i started to like him more however there was still that little bit of hate for him when the book was over. the pacing of the story was slow. I don't know how to explain this without sounding confusing. There were twists to the story but it was pretty bland. I felt/wanted there to be more to the story then what it was. I rated this book 3/5 stars. it was good but it wasn't great. If your looking for an action packed fairy tale re-telling then this isn't the book for you.
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet!! This book was very cute. I opened it up and got right into it. It was just very easy to read. Remind me a lot of Beauty and The Beast. Just very modern. I don't really know what else to say. Just as I said before it was cute, sweet. http://community.indigo.ca/reviews/create-books-978006196328.html#Kind of made me cry a little.
Date published: 2012-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from http://frosybookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/03/beastly-book-review.html I saw that there is going to be a movie based on this book so I though I should read this before going to see it. It is a retelling of the fairytale story Beauty and the Beast. I never liked Beauty and the Beast as a kid. I have seen all the Disney movies but never really felt something about this story, except for the little mermaid... I loved that one! Anyway so I thought why not reading this book. I may actually like the story if it is on today's terms. It's about a boy named Kyle and he is obsessed with his own vanity. He thinks, people that being less than perfect doesn't deserve any attention at all. And perfect, by his terms, is anyone who has money and beauty. He doesn't behave nice to people that aren't perfect like him but a witch comes to put an end to that. Sendra, is a witch that has been watching him for a while and feel discussed by what he is doing.... so she decides to give him a lesson.... an ugly one... She transforms hims into a beast and the only way to get out of this curse is to find someone to love him in this form. He has to find a girl to love him and of course he has to love her back in order to break the curse. And all that in two years notice. I wouldn't say that I loved the book and that is because I don't like Beauty and the Beast so much.... but I can say that I enjoyed it. I liked that the book was told by the boy point of view. I liked how his character changed after his transformation. He wasn't a good guy and I didn't like him at all how he was at the beggining. A guy that was only interested in money and beauty living by his Dad's money and fame. But all that changed when he became a beast. He became more aware that there is more out there aside from money and beauty. He relises that he had never loved or been loved before and that seems impossible now that he is a beast. A girl though comes to prove him wrong. If you like fairytales being told in today's world and like the Beauty and the Beast... this is for you.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awsome prehaps the best modern adaptation of the tale beauty and the beast. this book tells the perfect story toldfrom the beasts point of view.
Date published: 2011-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I read this before the movie came out and although the movie was great and true to the story I found more in depth feelings in the book and more in depth thought. This book is something I borrowed from the Library then bought it when I was done reading it. Its something I know I will read again. I loved the story and the characters and even more I loved the modern twist on the classic tale. Great stuff!
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read Very good book, easy to read and very quick to read as well. Saw both the movie and read the book and I enjoyed the book more, I thought it was more in depth on the feelings and all the details that make it even more interesting to read. I recommend this book it's a very good read.
Date published: 2011-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! The movie has nothing on the book. The movie change a lot of things that were good points in the book. I would recommend the book to my friends. I just started reading "Cloaked", can't wait to really get into it!
Date published: 2011-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beastly i loves this book could not put it down it was the first book i have read in about 2 years it was so ugly but beatiful at the same time romanic was great in it as well
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read! I read this before the movie came out and although the movie was great and true to the story I found more in depth feelings in the book and more in depth thought. This book is something I borrowed from the Library then bought it when I was done reading it. Its something I know I will read again. I loved the story and the characters and even more I loved the modern twist on the classic tale. Great stuff!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Modern Fairytale I haven't seen the movie, but this book is really great. It's a pretty quick read, but it has all the elements of being really enjoyable. It's go the right amount of romance, the dark and mysterious beast we adore and a happily-ever-after ending. Flinn did a great job of modernizing a classic story.
Date published: 2011-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If your favourite disney movie is Beauty and the Beast, READ THIS! for anyone who liked the story of beauty and the beast as a child will love this modern take on the classic story... - NOTHING like the movie- the book is so much betterr!!
Date published: 2011-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Adorable I've always been a big fan of fairytales. This retelling delighted me. It's a quick easy read that just makes you smile. The characters are well thought out and easy to like.
Date published: 2011-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it - it was cute! It's a modern version of the Beauty and the Beast story and I enjoyed it. It was a quick and light read.
Date published: 2011-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What Did The Beast Go Through Such an intriguing take on the Beasts perspective. It's the character you love to hate, sadly the ending was predictable but I'm usually pretty good at sniffing that sort of thing out. Great character development obviously. I recommend it to anyone who loves little romance mixed with action, it's a great quick read. The movie is going to be completely wrong so read the book instead.
Date published: 2011-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was amazing. It was my perfect type of read. Hostile, funny, and downright romantic. I wouldn't change a thing about this book and it is one of my favorite reads. I highly request this book for 13-17 year olds :) ENJOY!
Date published: 2011-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beauty Only Runs Skin Deep... This is such a beautiful story! To anyone who has loved watching the movie Beauty and The Beast, I would definitely recommend reading this book! I have not yet watched the movie and I’m looking forward to! Brief description of the book: Kyle is a spoiled rich teenager, very handsome, and all the popular girls in school like him. He treats those who are different and less “perfect” as freaks and decides to play a prank on a girl in school at a dance. Soon he discovers that she isn’t just another teenager in school, but a witch. Cursed by this witch, he must discover that beauty is only skin deep and how to truly love another and not just oneself.
Date published: 2010-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Twist on a Fairy Tale I read this book in one sitting. I picked it up last night at 830, and finished it as the clock rolled to 1130. Let me start by prefacing, not many books have the power to do that for me. Especially considering I am batalling a horrendous cold, and have been exhausted for the last 3 or so days. Any way to the review at Hand The story revolves around Kyle Kingsbury (or as he becomes known later Adrian King)who is a selfish, pretentious jackass high school student (and trust me I am an expert on these kind of kids, they were responsible for my high school torment for 3 years, but i digress) who makse the sorry mistake of playing a cruel prank on a girl in his english class. Of course with most fairytales, he is given a chance to redeem himself and doesnt, ergo the witch (his classmate) turns him into a beast, so he is as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside. Soon after he finds himself removed from his horrible fathers presence, put up in a house with a maid, and a blind tutor. Adrian soon learns that there is more to life then outward beauty, he learns there is more to his maid then just a poor woman, more to his tutor then just a man paid to care for him. Through these revelations, he discovers true love, and what it means to be loved for who you are on the inside not just wha you look like. The story could have been ripped from Disneys Beauty and the Beast screen play, and put into a book, but with its modern updates, quirky characters, and lessons to be learned the book is a masterpiece for teen fiction.
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Modern take on old story This story is well written, easy to read and contemporary. However, there are no twists...it's the same old story. The only thing I disliked about the book is that the first 3/4 of it is about the main character (which is necessary for his character development, I guess) and then enters the girl only at the very end. It seem (to me) like the developing relationship between the two is rushed, and thus you don't really 'get into' their romance.
Date published: 2010-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from He may Have Been a Beauty, But He's Always Been a Beast... Kyle Kingsbury is that guy. You know? THAT guy. The one who has it all; The money, the looks, the popularity, the girls, and the friends. He's the guy who expects to win everything, and this year, he already knows that he'll be crowned The Ninth-Grade Prince. His dad is a big shot, news reporter who has brought up Kyle to think that "ugly" people should be treated differently. Kyle parades around school judging people on how they look, and he basically thinks that if you are "ugly", you should be doing something to fix it. He's self-absorbed, selfish and conceeded. He thinks that everyone worships him, and looks up to him, but one English class changes everything. Kendra Hilferty is basically what one would think when looking at her. She looks like a witch. What she does proves the obvious. She confronts Kyle, and tells him that he is ugly on the inside, and that he is beastly. She thinks this whole popularity stuff is nonsense, but Kyle just laughs and thinks this is another one of those ugly girls who has a crush on him; Well Kyle, don't be too sure about that. Her words impacted and freaked Kyle out a great deal, and he's not going to just ignore her, he wants payback, and to teach her a lesson; don't mess with Kyle. Though, what he decides to do isn't smart, and Kendra knows that Kyle will is going to mess with her somehow, it's all a test. Kyle asks Kendra out to the dance, but still plans on going with his girlfriend, Sloane. She's snotty, picky and self-absorbed, and demands that Kyle must get her a purple orchid to match her dress. Well, that didn't happen and Kyle ends up getting a white rose, which makes Sloane VERY angry. She says it clashes with her outfit, and that Kyle has ruined her night. Well, Kyle doesn't know what to do with the corsage so he just gives it to this random girl working at the dance that night, and then pulls through with his plan. He makes sure Kendra can see him when he kisses Sloane. Kyle did exactly what Kendra expected, and now his life will change dramatically. There's no changing her decision, and now Kendra has transformed Kyle into a beast. He's hairy, ugly, scary and monstrous. Now, he knows what it feels like to be to be "ugly" and know how it feels when people don't look past your looks. The only way to become himself again, is to find TRUE love in only two years, and a kiss will break the spell. Okay, Kyle thinks, I'll just go on MySpace. Well, it's not that simple, and he knows that no one will ever love him. His dad has abandoned him, and keeps him confined in another house. All he can do is sit, read, and get tutored by the blind tutor that his father hired for him. This is the story of a boy who's life changes dramatically, page by page, he changes on the inside and he becomes that much closer to going back to what he he looked like on the outside....Will he be able to find true love in only two years? I liked this story. Of course, the characters weren't likable in the beginning but towards the middle they become interesting and intriguing. I enjoyed this story, and all the little things that made this story so unique; like the roses, made it even more enjoyable. It was a very magical story, that was a really good read.I look forward to reading more of Flinn's books, and see the movie based on Beastly! 3.5/5 2010-0047
Date published: 2010-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Take on a Classic Fairy Tale Beastly Is a beautiful story, A Modern day Beauty and The Beast. The Book is about Kyle Kingsbury, a 16 year old highschool student who seems to have it all, The Looks, Popularity, Money, But what he doesn't have is a kind heart. Kyle would go out of his way to humiliate and tease the "average" or "Less than average" kids at his school. But someone is watching, A witch. Someone who sees the error of his ways and decides to teach Kyle a lesson. One Night Kyle has a confrontation with this witch, Bad Idea. She casts a spell on Kyle that turns him into a beast, He will be as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside. He has 2 years to find someone to love him for who he is on the inside, and accept him for who and what he is on the outside and seal it with a kiss for the curse to be broken. Throughout the whole book you notice a big transformation in kyle. The author really did a wonderful job on the character development of this book. It is one of the best adaptations of "The Beauty and the Beast" tale I've ever read. You will laugh and cry. I read this book in one day, I couldn't put it down. I was eager to find out if Kyle would find his true love and get his kiss. It was a wonderful story and I would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfectly Beastly... This book has been on my reading list for a long time, and I WISH I read it earlier! Beastly is about a young man named Kyle Kingsbury, he's got the perfect looks, he's got loads and loads of money, all the girls are inlove with him, and he gets away with everything, based on his looks. Until, in English class for the voting, a girl named Kendra claimed that they people being elected were unfair. She was over weight, with green hair dressed up in all black. Kyle obviously had to comment on her looks to get her to shut up. But, that's not all he did, he also asked her to the dance! Kendra did say yes, and Kyle's girlfried Sloane, really got pissed, but he said it was just a joke. So he ended up taking Sloane and she freaked out when his maid Magda didn't get the right flower, and orchid, but rather than a beautiful white rose. So he gave it to the teen at the desk who was taking the tickets, just some red head, crooked teeth, and she was obviously someone he would have never noticed. When Kyle returns home, guess who he finds? Kendra! She turns out to be a beautiful witch, and she's there to place a spell on him for always making fun of people, and for standing her up. So as her curse, she turns him into a beast. A creature with claws and fangs, as well as fur all over his body. To break the curse he must find love in two years, and a kiss to break the spell. Will Kyle break the spell? Will he become the handsome man he used to be? This book was AMAZING! BEST FAIRY TALE EVER! I couldn't put it down! Honestly, I stayed up till 12:30am to finish it! If you're a fairy tale lover, then this book is definetley for you!
Date published: 2010-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relive the fairy tale Beastly was a great book it was really well written and Alex Flinn did a great job modernizing the Beauty And The Beast story, I also found it very interesting that we got to read it in the Beasts point of view, it made the book and story different. Overall it was a great book and I'm a really big fan of the Disney movie ( i have the original version on VHS) and the book followed that stoyline really well but made it in this day and age. If your a fan of Beauty And The Beast check this book out.
Date published: 2010-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beastly Beastly was a verry well told remaking of beauty and the beast. it was captivating and addicting all the way through. Although, i found that the ending was lacking the intensity that the end of a book should have. Overall though a terrific book. I recomend it.
Date published: 2010-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Modern Beauty and the Beast love story ♥ being a fan of the Disney's Beauty and the Beast, i absolutly loved this book! it really makes you wonder how it was from the beast's point of view. you may hate him at the beginning, but by the end, you realize the transformation was totally worth it! who wouldn't love the beast??!!
Date published: 2010-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome twist on an old tale What would happen if in present day society, someone could be turned into a beast? This book plays out that scenerio. Kyle is our lead character; good-looking, rich and full of himself. After he plays a cruel joke on a fellow classmate, he is cursed into a beast. If in two years he can't find someone to love him for what's on the inside, he will remain that way. Well, he has always depended on his looks to get girls, since his personality is severly lacking. Luckily, a girl does come along, but will she fall for him looking the way he does? This novel is really good. I love how it's a modern Beauty and the Beast tale. Also, it goes to show that looks are only skin deep.
Date published: 2010-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Retelling of a Classic! A great retelling of a fairytale story! Kyle Kingsbury has it all. He’s handsome, rich, all the powerful friends anyone would want. Though he’s selfish, greedy, and cruel to all people he thinks that are “beneath” him. Though one night that changes. Kyle invites a girl to the prom, knowing that he would never go out with a person like her. While there he gives the girl at the door a rose because his girlfriend didn’t want it. When his “date” does show up, he makes out with the girl he’s with, humiliating the girl he invited. Upon arriving home he see’s her standing in his room. She end’s up being a witch, putting a curse on him, making him look ugly on the outside like he is on the inside. Though she does give him one break. Because he did one good deed before he was changed (giving the rose to the girl) she’ll give him two years to break the spell. Upon his father finding out, his father takes him to all the best doctors and specialist in New York. The doctors tell him there’s nothing they could do. Once his fathers finds this out he buys a house in Brooklyn, stuffing Kyle there, never to be seen again. While there Kyle get’s a tutor, though there’s one reason his father hired him. He’s blind. Taking all the company he can get, Kyle, Magda the maid , and Will his teacher live together in this house. Kyle learns to live like the beast, bot going out, staying inside all day, reading. He picks up a hobby, he plants roses. One night someone breaks into his greenhouse. Kyle catches him and he begs Kyle for his life. He exchanges his life for his daughter. Kyle takes her in, hoping she could fall in love with him, breaking the curse. Enter Lindy, the daughter of the druggie and the girl who Kyle gave the rose to. I loved this story because the character’s really grow before your eyes. Kyle, Lindy. The story keeps you captivated from beginning to end. Though the beginning is a little slow, I liked it. I also liked the conversations Beast has with the other magical creatures. It shows that you have to love yourself before you could love others. That if you only look for outside beauty, that sometimes they’re ugly on the inside. I give it a 4.
Date published: 2010-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! :D I've always loved Disney's Beauty and the Beast, so I was excited to read this book, and I definitely wasn't disappointed. It was interesting to see it from the Beast's perspective. I loved being able to see what got him into the situation, and how he changed during his time as the beast. He was angsty and easy to relate to because he has doubts just like everyone else. He transformed in so many ways, and by seeing the story through the Beast's eyes we learnt the lesson along with him. The way his "Belle" comes to live with him is pretty different from the Disney version, but it definitely fit with the rest of the story. Told during our time, and in an urban setting, it's definitely an interesting spin on the story most of us have grown up with thanks to Disney. I loved this book! I'd recommend it to anyone who was looking for anything to read. I think this book would appeal to many, so if you're thinking about reading it, you definitely should. :D
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beastly Beastly is a modern day version of beauty and the beast. I loved this book all the way through. Kyle Kingsbury goes to a private school and is one of the most beautiful, popular and shallow people there. Then one day he invites this girl who he thinks is a 'freak' to the prom when he already has a date, just so that he can ditch her in front of the whole school. That freak turns out to be a witch and turns him into a beast, but because he did one good deed before being transformed she gives him one year to find true love and break the spell.
Date published: 2009-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice modern take on a classic tale This is a modern take of Beauty and the Beast. The story is told through the eyes of Kyle Kingsbury, the Beast. This books is a rather quick read, although in the first half of the book, readers may know who Beauty is, but she's barely in the Beast's life. He can see her by using the enchanted mirror, but the first half is more about him dealing with his curse and his growth as a character from the transformation. There are many versions of Beauty and the Beast, although Disney's version is probably the most popular one. It's no surprise that Beastly has its own twists to the popular tale. One of them is having the enchantress/witch play a more significant role in the story than just having them disappear after having laid the curse, which I do appreciate. It takes a while after the transformation for Kyle to understand what real beauty is. I like how roses play a crucial part in the story, although I still find it a little hard to believe that even boys can appreciate the beauty of a rose, and then want to build a whole greenhouse to see them grow and wither all year round. On second thought, anything is possible, even love. What intrigue me is that at some point, he resorts to running on all fours, making him probably the most beast-like in appearance during a time that could be argued to be one of which made him the most human of all. Every now and then are chatting sessions in the book where characters from other popular transformation tales (e.g.: The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog) share their story about their particular situation and their own transformation. I find these pages refreshing and quite fun to read. All in all, I like this story of Beauty and the Beast. I do have something to say about the cover: it could've been better.
Date published: 2009-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book What a great new updated twist on Beauty and the Beast. It shows what life as a teenager right now is like, especially when going through stuff at school or at home. I couldn't put this book down because I just had to see what happened next. This book has finished being made into a movie so read the book first then go see how the movie compares.
Date published: 2009-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Novel Hovel says, "Interesting... worth a read." Kyle Kingsbury is the guy everyone wants to be: popular, good looking, rich. But he is also spoiled rotten and has an overall beastly personality. He pushes a witch too far one day and is transformed into the beast he really is. Locked away in a huge brownstone house Kyle is lonely and depressed. The only way to break the spell however is to be kissed by his true love. Will Kyle be able to overcome his beastly attitude and fall in love and better yet have someone fall in love with him? Beastly is a modern retellying of Beauty and the Beast. There were some things that I liked about it and some that kind of irked me a little bit. I liked the modern day sort of setting and the lesson that this book protrays; that beauty isn't everything. I also really like the short chatting sessions where Kyle finds other fairytale creatures to relate with. There was one thing that bothered me though. I find that the protagonist Kyle is too young (14 at the start of the book) to be experiencing some of the things that the author is making him. I would certainly hope that normally at that age they wouldn't be getting the amount of "action" he was getting from the ladies. Although I am not a 14 year old boy so I wouldn't really know. I think that a lot of the things that go on in this book could all have been remedied if they started him at age 16 instead of 14. I guess they don't actually say the age but it is stated that he is in grade 9 and here in Canada that means 14 or I guess could be 15 if near the end of the year but still isn't that a little young *sorry about my rantings here, just kinda irked me*. I really love modern retellings of fairytales and I enjoyed this one. There are just some things that bugged me a little about it and that in present day may not be totally realistic. http://thenovelhovel.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2009-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome modern fairy tale! Truthfully after the first few pages I was tempted to stop reading this because normally I am not interested in reading about guys like this. But Kyle turned out to be an interesting character to read about and I think I prefer this story to the original Beauty and the Beast. He does, at one point in the story, start talking like a character from The Phantom of the Opera and become quite stalker like, but I think that added to the authenticity of his character. It was also really fun to compare how quickly his character changed in the course of two years. To me, this book is highly recommended if you enjoy modern fairy tales.
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Modern Take on Beauty and the Beast This is set in current day New York with teenagers as the main characters. It is set from the Beast's perspective. He gets cursed by a witch after he treats her badly and proves he is a superficial stuck up snob of a rich kid. His dad dumps him after doctors can't fix him, and he ends up in a huge brownstone with a maid and blind tutor. The witch, Kendra, stays invovled through out the story with the enchanted mirror. I really liked it, and it had a great ending. I enjoyed how everything tied together. Highly recommend it!!
Date published: 2007-12-03

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Beastly

by Alex Flinn

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.82 in

Published: December 21, 2009

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061998664

ISBN - 13: 9780061998669

From the Publisher

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 is also the author of Beastly, a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast that is a feature film starring Vanessa Hudgens, and A Kiss in Time, an edgy twist on Sleeping Beauty. Her other books include Breathing Underwater, an ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults, Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, and Diva. She lives in Miami with her husband, two kids, a cat, and a dog.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17