Thursday, December 01, 2011

[Book Review] BEASTLY by Alex Flinn

Fiction/Young Adult

Leanne reviews BEASTLY by Alex Flinn (HarperTeen, 2011)

Beastly is a young adult novel remake of Beauty and the Beast. The main character, Kyle, is an arrogant, physically attractive young man attending an upscale high school of privilege in New York City. He is extremely self-absorbed and self-serving. He lives with his TV newscaster father who indulges Kyle with money and things, but very little personal attention or time. Kyle successfully shapes and controls his world as he pleases, until...

Yep, there’s a witch in this story, too. Because of Kyle’s lack of caring compassion for others, and his hurtful actions and words, the witch puts a spell on him. Through this spell he is physically morphed into a big, hairy, hideous, frightening monster.

The remainder of the story chronicles Kyle’s scheming efforts to find someone to love and someone who will love him in return, in spite of his appearance. The only way the spell can be broken is by a kiss from his love.

This is a great modern fairy-tale read as Kyle’s attitudes, heart, and life are transformed in a most remarkable way.

Leanne Haggard, Bartlett Library

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite movies ever, so when the movie Beastly came out I was throwing a scream fest in my living room. When I read the book, my mind was blown. I wasnt expecting Beastly to be this great since the movie was pretty uneventful. Very early in the book, however, I realized once again that the book version of a story is always a million times better than the overly dramatic movie version. I would recommend this book to almost anyone.
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