Beastly

Beastly

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 19mm | 247g
  • HarperTeen
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 0061998664
  • 9780061998669
  • 119,580

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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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Review quote

"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
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About Alex Flinn

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 Young Adult Readers. Beastly is now 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; 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; Towering, a darkly romantic take on Rapunzel; and Mirrored, a fresh spin on Snow White. 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. Visit her online at www.alexflinn.com.
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Rating details

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)

Our customer reviews

(Source: I own a copy of this book.) 16-year-old Kyle is rich and good-looking, and he knows it. When a girl calls him on it though, and says that he needs to look past beauty, he plays a cruel prank on her, and she returns the favour by cursing him - to be a beast, unless he can find true love, in his beastly form. Kyle believes that no-one will ever love him, so he hides away, or rather his father hides him away. Can Kyle find someone to love him? And can he do it before it's too late? This was an okay re-telling of beauty and the beast, but it wasn't anything new or exciting unfortunately. Kyle was a typical spoiled selfish teenager, and he deserved to be taught a lesson. The problem was that I just didn't buy his reformation. When he started gardening and reading classic novels, it just didn't feel right, it felt false, like he was pretending to be something he wasn't, and when he then began to think more of others it felt really false too. It just seemed so out of character for him, and like he was trying to be something that he wasn't. The storyline played out as you would expect from beauty and the beast, but the small changes to the plot didn't really do it for me. The whole thing felt cliché, and I didn't really believe that Kyle was reformed or learning anything which was kinda the point of the story. There were also these 'chat' sections during the story which were supposed to be Kyle chatting online, but they just annoyed me too to be honest. Overall; this was an okay re-telling of beauty and the beast, but there was nothing new or exciting. 6.5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
...it felt like an adult trying to guess the technology and language her kids are using online in the extremely unnecessary chat room excerpts. It was an interesting idea (various fairytale characters convene in an online chatroom to air their woes) but I didn't like it and felt that it detracted from the otherwise good story. Plus it really annoys me when authors use bad grammar, bad spelling and current slang that will date very quickly in novels... srsly ppl, it gets old quick. In terms of the narrative, I really liked it! Kyle is delightfully cocky and arrogant, so we delight in seeing him fall, and then get to see his redemption with the aid of a refreshingly normal heroine. The way that Finn weaves in the magical elements was done well, and didn't clash with the modern setting. Although everyone already knows the classic story, a few additions and alterations kept it fresh. A quick and fun read.show more
by Lisette Muratore
Ok, so I actually saw the movie before I read the book. Something I usually never do because I like to be able to imagine the story first and then see it come to life in a movie. Beastly was a cute and quick read. It's a modern day retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The writing style was easy to get in to and I enjoyed the story being told from Kyle's point of view. I liked seeing his character evolve throughout the book. His thoughts on how Lindy would perceive him were interesting, but sad. Lindy was kind of pathetic to me. As I was reading, I expected for her to be a cute, slightly nerdy but nice girl (as she was in the movie). But she proved to be quite annoying. She seemed so 'poor me' every time she would talk about all the things she never had. Movie Lindy had a troubled family life too, but she didn't come across as Book Lindy did. Overall it was a decent read. It was fun to see the similarities between it and Beauty and the Beast. But for the first time ever, I'm going to have to say I enjoyed the movie more than the book, this time.show more
by Kayla (Shattered Memories Reviews)
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