Beastly, by Alex Flinn
STARS: 4 out of 5
PLOT: “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.” – Beastly’s blurb
OPINION: Sometime last year (I’m horrible with dates) I watched Beastly. I thought it was a cute movie, but I had this feeling (which was reiterated by my perceptive sister) that the story would be better as a book. It definitely is. I haven’t read a book this quickly in a while, and it felt so good.
This story centers on Kyle Kingsbury, the popular high school student who becomes a hairy, fanged beast. Let me say first: this is how you write first person POV novels. Right away I had a clear idea of who was talking (instead of like other novels where you think a 50 yr old grandma is narrating and then you learn it’s a 5 yr old boy, lol). Kyle’s personality soaks right through the words.
And can I say that I loved the blending of a fairy tale with modern day NYC! It’s such a contrasting blend, which just makes it so fun and intriguing.
My one complaint is the mild sexual innuendo. I find it really weird when it’s in Teen books.
Kyle is the perfect spoiled rotten brat that you can’t help liking, because you know transformation is on the road for him. I appreciated how Alex Flinn took us along on Kyle’s journey of internal change into someone capable of selfless love. And speaking of love, Kyle becomes such an adorable romantic hero. My favorite parts of the novel were Kyle trying to gain Lindy's trust. He so desperately wants her to see beyond his appearance – to see he’s not a monster, but someone who cares for and protects her. Heh, now I want to go read the novel all over again.
CONTENT: veiled sexual allusions and double-entendres, statements like a “girl has her hand down her pants” pop up, a father slaps his daughter, Kyle encounters a man on drugs