Hello My Beasties!
By now you know my favorite Disney movie is “Beauty and the Beast”, and when this book came out, I knew I had to read it. Once I read the book and they made a movie out of it, I knew I had to watch it, and I loved it! Beastly by Alex Flinn takes the tale of Beauty and the Beast, and puts a more modern spin on it that allows a whole new generation to enjoy this amazing classic!
The description for this book was taken from the Goodreads website:
“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.”
Imagine if the Beast was a high school student, and was cursed because he upset a very powerful witch, who just so happened to go to school with him? His dad tried to cover it up by stating he went to private school, when really he secluded him in a house with a blind tutor and a housekeeper. But one night when he saves a fellow classmates father from certain death, he makes a trade for her to come live with him. Can he make someone who hated him when he was human fall in love with him or will he remain cursed forever?
What I really loved about this story is Alex brings the story we all know and love into a completely different setting, and doesn’t lose any of the originals essence. I actually read this book when I just graduated High School, and found that I could relate to its every word. I believe that this version will help a whole new generation become fascinated with the story of Beauty and the Beast, which will allow the story to continue on for generations to come. I did like the movie, although they did it a slightly different way from the book, but it still held the essence of the book, which some movies can lose. Any lover of Beauty and the Beast needs to add this amazing book to their collection!
Go find your modern day Beast or Belle readers!
Image taken from the Goodreads website.