With a new Beauty and the Beast movie hitting theaters 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.
Flinn (Diva) delivers a lighthearted and contemporary twist on Beauty and the Beast, and while there is nothing shocking nor any striking departure from the original, her retelling is eminently satisfying. Kyle Kingsbury is a gorgeous high school freshman, spoiled rotten by his famous anchorman father, a man who'd rather dole out cash than affection. Kyle attends the exclusive Tuttle School in New York City and torments those poor unfortunates who lack his looks and wealth. When he humiliates a girl at school, she transforms him into a horrific-looking creature. Kyle's only hope for breaking the spell lies in finding true love as he reports online in meetings of the Unexpected Changes chat group (other members include Froggie and the mermaid Silent Maid). Flinn follows the fairy tale's original plot points closely, but falters in her depiction of the story's bad guys, over-the-top caricatures that simply ring false in her up-to-date setting. Kyle's father, for example, spends literally three minutes with him each day, the time it takes him to heat his dinner in the microwave. Even so, the happily-ever-after ending is rewarding, if not surprising. Ages 14-up.
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This book was amazing a must read book it teaches you about life. A heart touching book I recommend it to all enjoy like I did.
I would say this is a good book. However, i found it to bit odd and cheesy in some parts. I think this is a book that a young teenage girl would enjoy reading especially since it is an easy read ( it took me a little less than 2 days to read. I'm 19). I wanted to read it because the movie looked good, but I have to say many elements appear different than the movie and I've only seen the trailer. It was apparent that the book was meant to parallel Beauty and the Beast so if you like simple classic fairy tales revamped into a modern setting I would say this book is for you.
An absolute great story of true love becoming not only about looks, but about what's inside your heart. Whether you are nice or cruel in your heart, if you love something, set it FREE! :) This was a very well-written book! I'm glad I had the honor to read it! GREAT job to Alex Flinn!