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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Beastly 30 Jan. 2011
By Murphy's Library - Published on
Format: Hardcover
(from Murphy's Library - [...])

Kyle Kingsbury has everything anyone would like to have. He is handsome, popular, rich and has tons of friends. Well, at least he thinks he does. When he makes a prank on a girl from his school, everything changes. She's just a freak chick, he thinks, with her weird looks and green hair, and she steps on his way, so he better do something about her. Her name is Kendra and he invites her to the school prom--but he has no intention to take her, of course. It seems Kendra is truly convinced she's going to the prom with Kyle--and when he shows up with Sloane Hagen, one of the hottest and most popular girls of the school, Kendra is pissed.

But things are about to change. It happens that Kendra is a witch--and she casts a spell on Kyle. Now he's a beast--with fangs and claws and hair everywhere--, and he has 2 years to find a girl who's going to truly love him for what he is--and not for what he looks like--, or he's going to stay as a beast forever. At first, Kyle thinks that's a big joke--a big bad joke. But when his father--a popular network anchor--takes him to tons of doctors and none of them are capable to figure out what's going on with him, he starts to believe Kendra was serious about the whole finding true love thing. The problem is: how is he suppose to meet someone and fall in love with the girl--and, well, make her fall in love with him--, when he can barely look at himself on the mirror? He starts to look for girls on dating websites, but it doesn't seem to work out.

When his dad locks him away, in a big house on Brooklyn with just their maid, so nobody's ever going to see what Kyle's became, he starts to believe he's never going to break the spell. He gets a tutor, Will, a blind guy who is passionate about roses. Kyle falls in love with the roses too, and starts to grow them. He even builds a greenhouse, so he'll be able to have roses all year. Magda--the maid--and Will become the only family Kyle has--and once he isn't the same boy anymore, he asks them to start calling him by Adrian.

When a guy breaks into his greenhouse and proposes to bring his own daughter to Adrian, in exchange of no charges and no harm, Adrian doesn't think twice. He starts to prepare the house to receive Linda, in hopes that she'll be that girl. The clock is ticking, Adrian is running out of time...

As cliché as it's going to sound, but there's no other way to describe it, Beastly is a modern version of Beauty and the Beast. Kyle is a typical spoiled boy--who was raised by his father, not the most present parent someone could have--, Linda is a typical poor girl struggling to make it through life--with her own father's problems to deal with. It was funny to see Kyle chatting online with other people who were affected by other witches--and, well, I got the whole Kendra mystery way before the ending. It was an entertaining reading, but that's all.

There's a movie coming out on March 4, 2011, based on this book. However, as far as we can see for the trailers, they've changed--a lot--the history. Kyle doesn't have fangs or claws or hair--actually, it seems he has no hair LOL--, he has only one year to find true love and he builds the greenhouse to Linda. Anyway, I'm looking forward to watching it to see if all the changes have been done to build a good script or not--and Neil Patrick Harris seems to be a funnier Will than the one on the book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sweet 25 July 2011
By Morganaa Mayffair - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First of all : do not go see the movie or, at least, not until you already read the book. I saw it a week ago, was excited about it for months and was so crushed and disappointed... It's hollow and even ridiculous at times... Definitively, wasn't worth being up so early -_-

I read the book a few months ago and instantly liked it. I borrowed it in french from my work (as I do not usually spend 16 on a book I didn't read or I'm not sure of) and bought it in English the day I finished it!

It's a modern twist of the Beauty and the Beast Fairy tale. My all-time favorite one. I tend to read whatever version of it I can put my hands on ;-)

What I really liked from the very start of the book is that it is centered around the Beast's half of the curse. Indeed, people tend to forget that it's a two-way spell : Beast has to find a girl that would love him as such BUT he has to become able to love (which was why he got cursed in the first place). So, we follow Kyle's step as a silly jerk and how he actually became a human with a sensitive soul.

This book has more depth than most YA novels and is by far my favorite of this author (I quite dislike her other works 'cause she relies way too much on the "trio tricks").

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Tale as old as time 15 Jan. 2011
By Marlina - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As the song in the Disney version says "Tale as old as time", except its a little different, this book was completely unexpected and completely enjoyable. I am not a teenager, but I thought that book's underlying notion that its what is on the inside that truly counts in perfectly pitched. This book manages to get that point across without being too preachy and yet is a really great time. You find yourself caring about these characters and knowing that you are being told a story that is familiar but vastly and beautifully retold. There are touches on another classic tale, Jane Eyre which are woven into this great tapestry of a novel and I have to say that its a mark of greatness that I read this one in only two days. Beastly is a book that I am glad that I stumbled on and I would highly suggest reading it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Aptly Titled! 15 May 2012
By M. Lee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a mother who screens everything her 13-year-old daughter reads, I picked up "Beastly" by Alex Flinn because said daughter wanted to watch the movie after she had read some reviews. I did not like the book - but not to the point I thought it was objectionable so she should not read it from the conservative, protective parent point of view. Since it's a family rule that if said daughter wanted to watch a movie, she had to read the book first, if there was one, I decided to let her read it for herself.

Evident are, from said daughter's review, the mixed feelings and confusion that arose when reading "Beastly" - and it's this relative morality that's so present in Young Adult writing I have problems with. Granted, the original Beauty and the Beast fairytale *was* creepy - but it doesn't pretend to be any more than just a fairytale. I thought the self-justification on the parts of the main characters in "Beastly" slightly disconcerting, and I am not comfortable that the author has designed a series of "discussion questions" based on the book she wrote herself. A bit hoity-toity, I think. I'm not sure the book is deserving of so much time. The four stars awarded for this review are said daughter's. I would have been quite happy with two. Interestingly enough, neither of us felt like watching the movie after reading the book! Said daughter's review follows:

"The book `Beastly' by Alex Flinn was a magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

"High-schooler Kyle Kingsbury has the perfect life you have always dreamed about. He's got looks, money and a hot girlfriend. But then one day he makes fun of a creepy witch girl called Kendra who embarrasses him. To get revenge, Kyle plans to ask his real girlfriend Sloane Hadgen *and* Kendra to the school dance, then ditch Kendra. When he does, she turns him into a beast. However, Kendra has a moment of sympathy. Since Kyle had given a rose to a girl, Linda, out of sympathy (sort of), if he can find true love in two years, he can turn back into a human. But with a father who paid for a blind tutor (Will) and a `prison' for him, can Kyle find true love in two years? Or will he remain ... beastly?

"My favorite character was Kendra the witch because she wasn't very mean at all. In fact, Kendra was pretty nice to Kyle, considering the fact that he was a snobby guy who dumped her in front of the whole school and, then, when she turned into her real beautiful self, said that they should go out with each other, and tried to bribe her into taking the curse off of him. AND she gave him a mirror so that he could look at people from his former life as a cool popular boy and they wouldn't know it.
"I personally did not like the book very much. Kyle was a jerk and Kyle `changed' acted too much like Mr. Rochester from `Jane Eyre', who I think is too controlling and annoying. My favorite part was when the epilogue showed them in their senior year and Will was teaching them because it was, like, good for Will! His sight was cured and he got a high-paying job after one year of getting his sight back!

"I would give the book four stars: one for the title, two for writing and one for the characters. I would also recommend it to my friend who likes fairy tales. However, I don't think this book is going to find itself on one of my many book shelves."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Middle School Student's Perspective 6 Jan. 2012
By yareviews - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A Book Review of Beastly
by Jenny, Grade 7, Yangon International School

"...,two years to find someone willing to look beyond your hideousness and see some good in you, something to love. If you love her, in return she will kiss you to prove it, the spell will be lifted and you'll be your handsome self again. If not, you'll stay a beast forever." Beastly , the sixth book by Alex Flinn guides one through all the difficulties Kyle faced during the two years. Would Kyle be a beast forever?

Kyle, the protagonist, took a witch to prom, and he left her. The witch became hysterical and casts a spell on him. The spell is to transform Kyle into a beast. After Kyle became a beast, Kyle's dad made him move to a place far from the city. The conflict within Kyle and himself provided tremendous difficulties. Kyle struggles day after day attempting to a way out of his own body, the beast. After two years and if he still haven't found someone he loves and who loves him back, the spell will be permanent. Finally, Kyle met Linda. Linda was abused by her dad, so Kyle let her stay at his house. Linda was scared of Kyle's beastly look; Linda did not come out of her room for days. Would Linda face her fear or would Kyle become himself again?

Beastly is one of my favorite books. Flinn developed the characters well enough for me to really understand. Then if I were Kyle, I would think being transformed into a beast was some kind of a joke. How about you, would you think it's a joke too? Towards the end of the book, Flinn show how real the character were. If you were Linda in this book, would you live with Kyle or run away? If I were Linda, I would run away and go back to my abusing father. The conflict in this book is clear, because it's between Kyle and himself. The conflict tells the readers that Kyle is strong enough to handle this problem. Flinn described Kyle's feeling well. When I started reading he book, I could feel the terrifing and scared feeling. When Kyle turned into a beast, he felt extremely lonely, and as a reader I felt empathy for him.

I would recommend this book to young adults who likes to read mystery and romance genre. On a scale of 1 (low) to five (high), I give this book a four because the words and paragraphs were well written. The characters were well described.
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