Author: Alex Flinn
Publication Date: October 1st 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Age Range: Young Adult
I am 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.
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.
Beastly is the modern day retelling of the well known classic, Beauty and the Beast. We have Kyle, a gorgeous 16 year old, who has an attitude and quite frankly is full of himself. When he ticks off the wrong person, a witch, she casts a spell that turns him into a true beast. Only a kiss from his one true love can change him back, who could love such a beast?
This was a really fun, quick read. I had a really hard time caring about the main character, Kyle. He was mean and conceited, and I really just don't care for people like that. Lindy was an ok... although at points even she annoyed me a bit. I did love Will, Magda and Kendra though.
I thought it was a pretty good read, and I am looking forward to seeing the movie in March!