Book Review: Beastly

by Madeline Makstein

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“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.”

– back cover of Beastly

Finn's novel is a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast"

Kyle Kingsbury had it all. He was a freshman at one of the most prestigious private high schools in New York City, and of course he was the most popular guy.  At least he thought so.

Truthfully? I thought Kyle was a stuck up jerk; and that’s putting it nicely. Looks were everything to him. If you had the look, you could do anything, because you were “special.”  But all this changes when a mysterious girl with a crooked nose and green hair and eyes shows up during his homeroom. S he gives him an ultimatum; Find someone that will love him for who he is  as a person, and not just his looks, before two years has gone by… or else he will stay a beast for all eternity.  At first, Kyle thinks it’s just some sort of joke to scare him, but when he wakes up the next morning he’s no longer a blond teenager, but a horrid, hairy beast.

This modern day Beauty and The Beast, written by Alex Finn, will keep both girls and guys captivated until the very end. You see a change in Kyle that is so rewarding that you can’t help but laugh and cry at his accomplishments and failures. Beastly is such a great book that they’ve decided to turn it into a movie! It will come out in March 2011.

Rating: *****

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