Author: Alex Flinn
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pub. Date: September 2008
Age Range: 12 and up
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.
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.
This was a great modern remake of Beauty and the Beast. Alex Flinn did a great job researching a lot of different cultures takes of Beauty and the Beast including the one that we all grew up with from Disney.
I really liked the characters, Lindy, who is the "Belle" of the story, but is not your typical beauty. Kyle the beast of the story came off a freaking a-hole in the beginning but i grew to like him as the story progressed. I like the way Alex Flinn developed her characters.
This is a very well-written and up-to-date take of Beauty and the Beast. The book is divided into six parts with 6-8 chapters per part, and I really liked the way it was divided. There were chat room transcripts before each part,which i liked. but i was wondering about Silent Maid. But i think it was the Little Mermaid tale. I'm really excited because there's going to be a movie based on this book YAY!!