Saturday, January 19, 2008

Review: Beastly


Beastly by Alex Flinn
3.5 stars


Summary (from Publisher's Weekly): "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)."

My thoughts: I enjoyed this version of Beauty and the Beast. I liked that it was contemporary and that it was from the Beast's point of view. Kyle really does change from a beastly rich boy (Kendra, the witch who curses him, calls him this the first time he's mean to her) into a smart young man who can love someone other than his own reflection. I liked the fact that Lindy, his "Belle," isn't actually a Beauty - she's just a normal girl. The online chat group (run by a "Mr. Anderson") was a neat touch. I think the thought that you could find a chat group for even magical changes in this day and age is rather a hoot. A definite to-read for fans of retold fairy tales.

11 comments:

The Story Siren said...

i've been wanting to read this book! i enjoyed your review!

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Thanks, I'm glad! It's definitely worth a read.

Em said...

I love retold fairy tales, especially modern ones so I really liked this book. At first, though, the online chat aspect was distracting. But after awhile, I enjoyed it. :-)

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Yeah, it was a bit odd at first. But I found I was glad he had that outlet. :)

alisonwonderland said...

this one looks like fun! i'm adding it to my to-read list!

Melanie said...

I enjoyed the bits in the chat room the most in this book, I think. Quite entertaining.

Anonymous said...

This book is definitely worth reading. i am also a fan of modern versions of fairy tales, so this was perfect for me. but, i never really figured out who exactly Mr. Anderson was and what role he played.

Anonymous said...

i read this book and it was really good!!

BooK aDiCt said...

I just bought this book. I watched the trailers and liked them a lot. I hope the book is just as great as the movie will be :)

tinylittlelibrarian said...

This book sure has lots of fans! I'm interested to see what the movie will be like. In the trailers he doesn't seem all that beast-like. Ugly, yes, but not a beast. And I love Neil Patrick Harris, but I don't really know how he'll fit in...

Jett said...

I just borrowed this book from my classmate this morning and finished it in the afternoon... I just can't put it down, loved everything about the book! Can't wait for the movie... I think alex and vanessa are perfect as kyle and lindy