Monday, September 12, 2011
Review of Beastly by Alex Flinn
Author: Alex Flinn
Published by: HarperTeen
Summary from Goodreads: I am a beast. A beast! Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. 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.
I love fairy tales. I used to watch the Disney adaptations continuously as a child and I still love to pull them out every now and then to relive the memories. I think the retelling of fairy tales by making them modern and livening them up a bit make for great reading. We already know the general gist of the story, but we have no idea what is going to happen in between....it's genius!
Kyle Kingsbury was a jerk! Wow I can't believe people like that exist. It's actually really sad to think about and maybe we need some more witches around to turn these arrogant, self-absorbed, hurtful people into Beasts. I'm glad Kyle was turned into a beast, because deep down he was a great guy; he just need a life-changing event to get there. I loved seeing the progression of his attitude towards himself and others. I felt I really got to know Kyle and a character and came to really care about what happened to him at the end.
I don't want to give too much away but one of my favorite things about the story was the chat room where other common fairy tales came to life. It was interesting matching their screen names and stories to which fairy tales they belonged to. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was it's focus on literature and different books. It was interesting hearing the character's opinions about novels and their reactions to them.
Overall if you are a fan of Beauty and the Beast, pick up this novel. You won't be disappointed.