Apr 8, 2009
Beastly- Alex Flinn
Beastly- Alex Flinn
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.
A modern version of Beauty and the Beast with cell phones, chat rooms, and proms. I don't know really what I think of this book. Kyle Kingsbury was a typical good-looking Mr. popular that was vain, mean, and selfish, after playing a mean joke on a girl who turns out to be a witch, she turns him in the Beast. Where there is a Beast there has to be a beauty, steps in Lindy. Lindy is a shy, studious, non-popular girl who of course comes to love the beast without realizing he's Kyle, her crush. The first couple of pages are a chat room transcript, and after reading it I thought "oh no, this is gonna be ridiculous." The Beast is chatting with a frog, and grizzly bear, and a mermaid (the little mermaid to be exact). I loved the happily ever after part....who doesn't.
About the Author
Alex Flinn is a former attorney whose fascination with witness reliability and bias led her to write FADE TO BLACK. She is the author of three previous books: BREATHING UNDERWATER, an ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults; Breaking Point, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers; and NOTHING TO LOSE, one of ALA Booklist's Top 10 Youth Mysteries. She lives in Miami with her husband and two daughters.
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (October 2, 2007)