Author: Alex Flinn
Summary from Goodreads:
I am 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.
When I first started this book, I was not sure how I felt about it. I found Kyle to be very whinny and annoying. I was not sympathetic towards him at all. But as the book progressed, I came to enjoy it more and more.
I haven’t read this book since the read-a-thon and a lot of the details have escaped me, including the names of the character, so this will be a quick review.
This book was a fast read and it was a good modern adaptation of a favorite childhood story. I have to admit that when I was a child, I did not like the movie Beauty and the Beast at all because it scared me. But I liked the idea of this story. The whole idea of falling in love with someone for who they are inside, despite who they are on the outside has always appealed to me. And this book does it well.
I also liked the “chats” inbetween the parts in the book with the other characters from Hans Christen Anderson. I loved how it was “moderated” by Mr. Anderson and it had Froggie (from Princess and the Frog) and Silent Maiden (from Little Mermaid) and a host of other characters. I think the book would have also been entertaining if it had all been told through this chat form.
Anyway, sorry for the totally random review without any sense of continuity. I look forward to reading other books by Alex Flinn.
What did you all think about this book if you have read it? Have any of you seen the movie? Is it worth seeing?