Beastly

Beastly

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A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks uprightÂa 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 foreverÂruinedÂunless 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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 127 x 180.34 x 22.86mm | 68.04g
  • HarperTeen
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 006087418X
  • 9780060874186
  • 70,749

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157,807 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 34% (52,896)
4 31% (48,337)
3 25% (39,577)
2 8% (12,881)
1 3% (4,116)

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"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.show more
by TeensReadToo
Wonderfully humorous and entertaining retelling of a classic fairytale. I giggled out loud from the beginning of this book, much to the disgust of my 4 year old who just could not get why I was laughing at a book. The notion of an online support group for mythical characters is hilarious. Written in first person narrative from the point of view of the Beast. Surprisingly easy to relate to in this instance. We all know the moral of the story Beauty and the Beast of beauty being on the inside not just the physical manisfestation of it, so it is not a surprise that it should be woven into the plot in Beastly, the surprise occurred with the theme of nature versus nurture interwoven within the main plot give pause for contemplation as to the conflicting arguements of this debate, adding a touching element where I felt sympathy for the Beast. My quest for education via osmosis was gratified with the numerous refernces to classic literature and Shakespeare's sonnets. The rose imagery paralleled with the Shakespeare Sonnet quotation was genius. Alex Flinn brings the entire fairytale theme up-to-date with references to the movie The Princess Bride (which I have seen and loved). The use of other mythical characters - The Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince, etc via the online support group added a sense of realism to the story. A highly recommended entertaining read and a lovely piece of escapism.show more
by Emma Davies
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