Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

5 years ago

Description: I am a beast. A beast! Not quite wolf or bear gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature that 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 that 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.

Review: I was browsing the book section on Amazon when I stumbled upon this; I read the description and knew I had to read it. As a kid Beauty and the Beast was my favourite Disney story and still is, so a modern retelling sounded perfect.

This book isnt the best out there but its still really enjoyable. The parts of this book that I really enjoyed were the internet support group chats with other fairy tale characters, such a frog prince and the little mermaid. These were always humorous and often made me laugh.

I love how the relationship between Kyle and Lindy developed. I really loved that Lindy was just an average, strong and independent girl. She wasnt beautiful, but she also wasnt ugly. And I liked how Kyles perception of her appearance changed as the book progressed and he matured.

The background Flinn gives the characters really help you connect and get to know them. Lindys mom is gone; her father is a drug addict and you see her trying to cope. Kyles dad was never really around and often feels lonesome.

There are things that take away from this book but the main one to me is that it seemed a little rushed at times seeing as it took place over two years. Overall Beastly adds a new twist to this classic story and was pretty good. I give this book a 3/5.

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