Beastly

Paperback | December 29, 2009

byAlex Flinn

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With a new Beauty and the Beast movie hitting theatres in Spring 2017, it’s time to catch up on all things Beastly. Find out what it was like for the Beast in Alex Flinn’s contemporary retelling of the classic tale.

I am a beast.

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.

 

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With a new Beauty and the Beast movie hitting theatres in Spring 2017, it’s time to catch up on all things Beastly. Find out what it was like for the Beast in Alex Flinn’s contemporary retelling of the classic tale. I am a beast.A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature wit...

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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—unl...

Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and is the author of the #1New York TimesbestsellingBeastly, a spin onBeauty and the Beastthat was named aVOYAEditor's Choice and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.Beastlyis now a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens. Alex also wroteA Kiss in Time, a modern retelling ofSleeping Be...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:December 29, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061998664

ISBN - 13:9780061998669

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Customer Reviews of Beastly

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from There are better retellings out there There just wasn't enough to this story. Not enough characterization, not enough happening. Also, I can't get it out of my head that Kyle said Lindy looked beautiful when she tried on a dress... but that maybe it was because he had been cooped up inside for so long and hadn't seen anyone else in all that time. Nice.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Compelling A lovely story written in the fashion of Beauty & the Beast in a modern lifestyle that speaks its true words of acceptance, love, and hope.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read I just stayed up until 2:30 am to read this book til the end. It was an awesome version of beauty and the beast and the movie doesnt do it justice
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beauty of a Book An excellent book, thought provoking, and shouldn't just be marketed to ladies! Way better than you expect, and very real in emotion and inter-person relationships. This book, while beastly, is authentically human.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beastly best book ever I think this book is wonderful and inspiring in so many ways and I would definitely read more books like this. :)
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I thought this book was pure amazing. I had watched the movie before even knowing there was a book, and the book just touched on so many more details that make the story more livid and exciting.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beauty no pun intended Saw the movie before finding out there was a book. Couldn't put it down. Although beauty by robin McKinley will always be my favorite retelling this is a close second. I recommend it highly!
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good... Better than the movie of course...
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beastly I'm a huge fan when it comes to middle age, like lotr of Tolkien or some great horror like Dracula by Bram Stoker and I also enjoy Beauty and the beast and this is exactly that, but just set into today which makes it even better. The book is fantastic, also the movie by the same name so you probably all know the story even this one is a little different then true Beauty and the beast and I love it all the way, from start till the end. Really recommend you won't be sorry, but you must enjoy in stories like that, sometimes are real and true :)
Date published: 2013-06-21
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 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 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 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 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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“a must-read for fairy-tale fans.”