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The Beast

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  456 ratings  ·  126 reviews
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

Seventen-year-old Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon is returning to Harlem after seven months at an exclusive prep school. He never wanted to leave the city in the first place--especially not to walk the hallowed
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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Patricia Andrews
I must say that I really enjoyed reading The Beast. The story takes place in the city of New York so for a southern girl like myself of course it was a bit different for me to get use to the events which occurred in the text. I usually gravitate towards books of this kind, one where there is drama in the midst of the text and can really draw readers into the text. I must say throughout the course of reading the text, the author truly kept me on my toes. Certain events were truly unexpected, and ...more
Luisa Pruitt
When I first saw this book I was very intrigued with the tittle: The Beast. The story was about a young boy, Anthony “Spoon” Witherspoon, torn between his old world: his family, childhood friends, and long time lover Gabi and his new and exciting world of prestigious education and intellectual companions. Casting a shadow over the already harsh transitions is “the Beast” that has captured Gabi and made things more difficult for Spoon. I quickly became very interested in this book because the aut ...more
Kaila Mollie
I expected a lot more from this book than it gave me. Starting on the first page, I knew the book was going to have some ups and downs throughout it. But, I didn't expect it to be so dry. This book shows how drugs 'the beast' can turn your life upside before you know it. Although the book wasn't my favorite, I do feel Myers did a good job with the point of view. The point of view was first person, from Spoon, the main character. The author really connected the reader to what the characters was t ...more
Laurie
Anthony Witherspoon goes away to finish out school at the Academy where he is removed from Harlem and life on the streets. After being gone for only a few months Anthony “Spoon” visits his high school love, Gabi, only to find she is more distant from him than he could have imagined.
“She seemed so different than she had been, as if she had somehow wound tighter than a person ever should be, as if at any moment she would either spring loose into a thousand parts or stop altogether. Somehow I had
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Benmurray
After reading and reflecting on the book "The Beast”, I really enjoyed it. The author did a great job of making connections between the characters experiences with real life problems. I really liked how I could connect to the book because I’m the same age as Anthony.

This story takes place in the streets of Harlem, New York. The main character of the story is a high school boy, who goes by the name of Anthony “Spoon” Witherspoon. Anthony is a great kid who just wants to escape the streets and liv
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April
I've never met a Myers book that I didn't love, but this one just seems ... off ... to me.

I don't know what my problem with it is, exactly, but let me think it out:

1. The main character, Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon is a black kid from Harlem with rich parents who send him to a Connecticut boarding school for his senior year.

I'm not crazy, right? But this is not Myers' typical protagonist. There's no motive given for Spoon leaving his regular school and going off to the fancy-pants new one. It's
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Afigueroa68
“The Beast” written by Walter Dean Myers Is about your typical love story, but what you don’t know is they are deferent age and one will be going to college and the other will be going to high school. They boy in the relationship leave to college for a couple mouths. He left all his friends and family. When he come back for break he realized that things have changes.

I would have to say the main characters are The boy friend and girlfriend plus the girl that he has meet at college. The girl that
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Krystina king- taylor
The beast is a powerful story of love pain and drug abuse. The characters in the story were lost in the over powering tone of life in the worst part of the big city. Myers created characters that were not fully developed and seemed to not be full characters. The main characters personalities and back stories were washed out by the droning on about miniscule things like the color of the leaves and the hum of the city. The author's voice seemed absent from the story and the main character seemed l ...more
Blake Pope
I vow a review of no spoilers. The Beast is a story about about a young man who has come home from a private school to find his girlfriend has come into some, well, bad habits. This book is pretty great! I don't exactly know how to put this without sounding extremely obscure, but the book makes everything feel like Winter. There's a lot of fantastic things this book offers. The character relationships in The Beast remind one of the first time they fell in love. Not a hard read at all!

The story
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Sydney
This story told the tale of drug use in a way that was so eloquently written it was difficult to set the book down. The language was simple yet it conveyed its message so clearly. It was a very interesting read, especially for readers that have a harder time keeping up with plot, or those who are reluctant readers.

I would recommend this book to 7th graders and up. There are some heavy themes in this book and it takes a more mature mind to appreciate what happens to the characters.

Warnings:
Dru
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Mason Frey
The Beast
By: Walter Dean Myers
This book takes place in Harlem and Connecticut. The main characters in this book are Spoon, a teenage boy going to school in Connecticut and Gabi's boyfriend, Gabi, Spoon's girlfriend, and Rafe, Gabi's little brother.
In this book Spoon leaves Harlem to go to a school in Connecticut for awhile. He is doing great in school and making friends but he forgets about how things go back in Harlem. When he comes home for Christmas break he thinks everything is normal. Hi
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Maricela
Oct 31, 2008 Maricela rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maricela by: my Sister
This book is one of my favorite books. You can compare this to a real life story. This book talks about how Witherspoon has gone to High school and came back to New york to see his friends and family. Once he gets here he feels different. He doesn't really know what is going on. He feels like if he is on a labyrinth. He decides to go see his girlfriend, Gabi. She was a girl that loved to write poems. She has been acting a bit weird around him.
He then finds out that she thinks he doesn't miss h
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Aimee Haderlie
The Beast is about a young man (Anthony) who is a senior in high school and at the beginning of the school year his parents send him to a prep school three hours from home. He has a girlfriend who he is very in love with and her name is Gabi. When he leaves for school expects Gabi to write to him often with her beautiful poetry and stay very close. They made many plans but little did he know so much would change. When he comes home for Christmas vacation he finds that Gabi has become a drug addi ...more
Reynaldo
I didnt like this book because it 's about love and romance and not really about the beast itself. This boook has good details and i would like to read more about this book. From beginning to end, theres this boy named Anthony and his Girlfriend Gabbi. They are in a relationship but somehow gabi is on drugs meanwhile Anthony is at Wallingford Academy in Connecticut. At first i wondered why would he leave his girlfriend behind and i wonder what gabi might say about the opportunity he has. in the ...more
David  Despain
Not my favorite, but a decent portrayal of teens dealing with issues like drugs. It is a short, and one with some interesting ideas. I actually really enjoyed the main character, who was a convincing individual. The theme of this novel was an interesting and I thought the book did a good job portraying it. Honestly though, reviewing this book is like reviewing a day in the life of some of my friends back home. It's beauty is in the realism, and in the realistic portrayal of teens. Definitely, a ...more
Madeline Knight-Dixon
I finished this book yesterday, but had to give myself some time to think about it before writing anything down. There’s a lot to say when you come across a book like this, the questions is always what can I say that will make other people want to read it?

Of course there’s the plot. A kid who grew up in Harlem goes to a private boarding school, only to come back over Christmas break and find everything has changed. His girlfriend is addicted to heroin, her younger brother is messing around in ga
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Robyn
I read this book as my Urban Realism. This turned out to be a great book. The main character, Anthony Witherspoon ("Spoon"), is leaving Harlem and going to Wallingford Academy to finish High School. He is in his Senior year, and hopes this will help him to get accepted into a nice college to have a better future. Gabi, his one true love, is staying in Harlem and begins to battle family crisis when Spoon leaves. Upon returning for winter break Spoon is nervous and feels he is returning to the unk ...more
Danielle
This book dragged. I picked it off my shelves of 'to read' thinking it'd be a quick entrancing book. I have read and loved lots of Walter Dean Myers work so I was stunned when I had to force myself to keep going. I admit I skipped over paragraphs in the book because I couldn't bare to read through them. I felt like my life had been wasted getting through this book.

It lacked depth, it felt as if he'd published an outline of an IDEA of a book but forgot to write the actual story itself. Even for
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Brianne
Once I started to read this book I fell right into it. I could barely put it down. I really enjoyed the whole story and everything that was happening. It took me a little while to get why they call the main character "Spoon". However, it didn't take long to finally realize it just had to do with his last name.

I didn't exactly know what to expect with this book. I had no idea what "The Beast" was, so, I didn't exactly know what to expect. As I moved on and started reading you quickly learn what
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D.t.
Summary of book:
The book is about a girl and a boy getting together and he had went back to his school and she was in a rehab trying to get off drugs and then at the end she had got her a job at the end of the story and they had said good bye to each other and then they had move on with their life and that was the best thing to me and one last thing he liked Chanelle but he just love Gabi the most though.

What I like about the book?
This is what I liked about the book he really did care about Gabi
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Ryan Milbrath
The Beast by Walter Dean Myers is a great teenage read by one of the best young adult fiction writers. Myers has written over 50 novels of fiction and non-fiction. His gritty, realistic portrayal of war, clashing culture, and adult experiences through the eyes of youth has generated both acclaim and controversy. He has won the Corretta Scott King award, while at the same time, being condemned for the language and adult content of his stories. The Beast is no exception. A young adult novel about ...more
Brandi Penny
The Beast by Walter Dean Myers is a great novel for middle school students to read. As a high school senior reading this book I enjoyed the concept and plotting. For me it lacked detail and explaination of some of the interesting things of drug use and Gabi's struggle through it. I felt that the author did go into detail but it seemed to be on the things that were not important to the story. This would be an excellent read for middle school students and those transitioning into high school. Real ...more
Chelseahale
I rated this book 2 out of 5 stars because I did not enjoy it that much. The main reason I did not like The Beast was that I think the story was a little too young for me. If I were in the seventh grade reading this book I would probably have loved it. The basis for the story was good, Gabi getting into drugs, Spoon trying to help her, but the way the situation was described was not detailed enough for me. To me it seemed like Walter Dean Myers put too much effort into trying to tone the drama ...more
Edward Lui
Anthony, "Spoon," is at an academy far away from Harlem to finish his highschool education. His family wanted for him to have a great learning environment and hopefully, a successsful future. In the beginning, Spoon starts away from his home in Harlem and is about to return. He is eager to see his long time girl friend Gabi and his family as well. Most importantly, he wants to spend time with Gabi and "catch up" with her. While Sppon was away at the acadey, Gabi promised to write to him and call ...more
Stephanie
There's some beautiful craft in this book. Walter Dean Myers manages to write about tough urban issues in the most beautiful way. Don't let the thin spine of this book fool you into thinking there aren't major challenges and conflict.
I appreciate that Myers is so willing and able to give such respectful nuance to big issues. As a teacher, I look for stories to share with my students that have complex, sometimes contradictory characters. No one is just one thing. People aren't that simple. Myers
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Jessica Welch
The beast was an easy read very short book and was dealing with the relationship that a couple had after a long distance relationship. There were some references to intimacy between the couple but sexual references through out the book were very very mild. The drug references were very strong. The protagonist's girlfriend is doing some pretty heavy drugs in the end and gets very sick because of it. I would recommend it only to high school kids.
Dominique
This novel was about a young man named "Spoon" who comes home on break from his New England prep school to find that the home he left is not the same home now. He reconnects with his friends and sees them and his neighborhood as if it is the first time. He then finds out that his girlfriend has been using drugs and he struggles to find a way to help her.

This story was a very interesting story, but I did not like the main character very much. He goes to a sophisticated prep school, but he talks
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Kailee Jensen
I was impressed by the writing of this book--Walter Dean Myers did a phenomenal job of developing voice for his characters. The plot line--about a guy who tries to help his girlfriend come free of "the beast" (drugs)--wasn't particularly pleasing to me. In fact, the book was rather boring in my opinion. However, I have not been around people who struggle with this addition or dealt with drugs in anyway in my life. Possibly someone who has been more exposed to this type of neighborhood and its ac ...more
Leisha Volmer
If it wasn't for having to read a book by Walter Dean Myers for my Young Adult Lit. class I don't know if this book would have caught my attention. As I read it I got hooked though because of Myer's great writing skills. He is a really great author. I found myself actually getting into the book and liking it as well. It was cool learning a littl bit how others live away from myself. I'm not used to hearing about poverty and drugs because I've lived in a nice town all my life. Also it was differe ...more
Nicole Norton
I think my misguided expectations for this book were the reason why I didn't like it as much. I think that I was expecting it to talk about the hard-core details of what a life of drug use does to a person, but it didn't. Though the drugs are a significant part of the plot, I felt that this book was more about the main character's discovery of who he was and where he belonged. And I did like that. But, like I said, it was just different from my expectations. Maybe if I re-read it I would like it ...more
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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