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Alex Flinn
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Book Description

22 Mar 2010

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.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Revised edition (22 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061998664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061998669
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Teens will race to see if the beast get his kiss, lifts the curse, and lives happily ever after.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[An] engrossing tale that will have appeal for fans of fantasy and realistic fiction” -- VOYA. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“a must-read for fairy-tale fans.” (School Library Journal)

About the Author

Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beastly, a spin on Beauty and the Beast that was named a VOYA Editor's Choice and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Beastly is also a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens. Alex also wrote A Kiss in Time, a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty; Cloaked, a humorous fairy tale mash-up; and Bewitching, a reimagining of fairy tale favorites, including Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, and The Little Mermaid, all told by Kendra—the witch from Beastly. Her other books for teens include Breathing Underwater, Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, and Diva. She lives in Miami with her family.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 28 Feb 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
"Kyle Kingsbury, you are beastly."

That's what Kendra said. Beastly. But Kyle had it all: popularity, good looks, money, and any girl he wanted. Kyle never missed an opportunity to let the inferior people know just how far beneath him they were, including his best friend, whose dad was merely a doctor. Kyle's dad was the nightly New York City news anchor. At Tuttle, an elite school for the richest of the rich, Kyle was a somebody.

Until the school dance. Until his stupid maid bought his girlfriend a rose instead of an orchid for her corsage, which Kyle tossed to a scholarship student. Until he deliberately set up Kendra to be embarrassed and humiliated when she realized that he, Prince of the dance, already had a date and never intended to be her escort.

Until Kendra appeared in his bedroom and he received his "comeuppance."

"You will know what it is like not to be beautiful, to be as ugly on the outside as on the inside..."

The clock struck midnight and Kyle was left a beast, with only a magic mirror for company.

Kyle's famous dad vows to spend whatever it takes to cure his son's affliction. When he realizes even his money isn't enough to find a cure, he banishes his son, with their maid and a tutor, to a New York brownstone.

Will Kyle ever be able to break the curse? Will he find true love's kiss or be forever doomed to roam the New York City streets in the dark of night, hidden as the beast?

BEASTLY, by Alex Flinn, is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This novel is just plain fun . Ms. Flinn creates the perfect romantic tension when Kyle finds his true love and then has to let her go. Like the fragrance of the perfect rose, BEASTLY will linger with the reader, leaving the feeling that life is indeed good long after the pages of the book have been pressed closed.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty Is Only Skin Deep 22 Nov 2009
'Once upon a time a handsome, conceited prince lets his ego and his shallowness affect his judgement on the wrong person and a witch cursed him and turned him into a beast until he could get someone to look past the surface and love him for himself.'

Everyone knows the story but what is great about this is that it takes that simple concept and allows us to see it set in a modern time, and what exactly the 'Beast' goes through. This is well written, and will appeal to a broad range of people and it will be difficult to put down. We don't have singing teapots here, instead we have overly vain father's who hide their son because they don't 'fit in' with everyone else anymore, spoiled brats whose only interest is the surface beauty and junkie theives who will see their own daughter to anyone if they can get away with it. The main character is Kyle who is a spoiled little rich boy who dates the right girl, has the right friends, says the right thing and doesn't think twice about dismissing anyone not of his station. He makes the mistake of trying to humiliate the wrong girl at a school dance, and suffers the consequence as she transform from awkward goth girl into a witch and curses him to become beast. He has two years to find someone to love him for himself and we get to see how Kyle tries to cope with how the world works when you don't fit in it. His girlfriend, his friends and even his father abandon him and he is left with nothing but his blind tutor (Will), his maid Magda and a rose garden until chance hands him an opportunity when a girl is given to him in exchange for him not sending a junkie to prison for breaking and entry.

It is a charming take on the story and very refreshing to read it from the male perspective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm, not bad but not great 3 April 2010
By N. Ball
I have a thing about books turned into movies, or vice versa, so since the movie version of this book arrives this year I thought I'd give the book a read.

I read it in several hours, since it's not a big book. The message it sends is nice, and some of the scenes are quite lovely, however lots of areas of the story just seems 'convenient'. Having a rich, entitled main character gives way to lots of expensive treats and sometimes no limitations on the storyline.

Still, I was entertained for several hours one evening after a long day at work, so it was worth buying. Definitely hasn't thrown me in a grand way, and won't be making my top ten list of favourite books, but it wasn't absolutely dire like a lot of certain bestsellers out there these days ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for fairy tale lovers! 27 Mar 2010
Calling all fairy tale lovers! Beastly is the classic fairy tale with a modern twist - and a good one at that! I was firstly drawn to the blurb. It is exceptionally frank, and seems to give a solid perspective from 'the beast'. I really don't know how to feel about the modern twist this book promises, but in the end it all tied up pretty well. Like, really well.

Beastly is a quick, easy and reflective read. The pace isn't too fast or too slow, and the characters are humourous and very individualistic. I loved the little chatroom snippets all throughout the books - it opens up to new characters who were just hilarious! My favourite would be Froggie - who coudn't type well with webbed feet - how cute was that? :)

As for the romantic aspect, I found that the pace helped established the romantic connection between the girl (let's not say who) and Kyle Kingsbury (later Adrian). Unlike most books, this focuses on emotional connection, not physical, and I adore that. Plus, the romantic gestures that Adrian does, including the little 'cautions' that he reminds himself to do to not scare the girl was just sweet. And let's not forget, Adrian himself is a pretty funny beast boy.

The best thing about the whole book is the fact that you really see Kyle's transformation. Every single little change for the better is well depicted and highlighted, and very well founded.

Beastly is a book of humour, fairy-tale romance, with a pinch of sadness and pain, and ultimately of selflessness. I love it!
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Good story and quick postage. I'm pleased!
Published 1 month ago by J. del Rosario
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I've loved this book. I couldn't put it down, it's been so easy to read and unlike over books that have been turned into a film, the book and the film are practically word for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Helen Mrotmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
A quick and easy read. Really enjoyed it. Like a modern day beauty and the beast ! Definitely Recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Zoe lawless
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Never saw the film but totally love this book!!! Watched the film afterwards but doesn't compare to the book!! Brilliant!!
Published 10 months ago by Emma Grantham
5.0 out of 5 stars As expected
Very nice writing, I enjoyed it to the last page and was as good as I exptedted it.
I recommend it.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
I loved the unique love story, and am now interesting in watching the film. I will be reading the others in the series too.
Published 12 months ago by Alice
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
A great fun read, and very well modernised. I saw the film first, and enjoyed them both in their own way. If you liked the film, I would suggest reading this!
Published 13 months ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Beastly
Loved this book could read it again
could do with a bit of magic on some guys / hey girls
Published 13 months ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Beastly
Having seen the film a few years back and the Disney Beauty and the Beast having always been one of my favourite movies, i was very interested in reading this book, but honestly... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy-tale fans will love this book.
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