I actually liked this one a bit better than the previous. I think because most of the characters were in the same general location (Hamptons). Also, B...moreI actually liked this one a bit better than the previous. I think because most of the characters were in the same general location (Hamptons). Also, B & S combine forces and don't have any fall outs in this one. Also, we get to see V go to something out of the norm (nannying and then muse for Bailey Winter). She's seriously one of my favorite characters, no matter how silly her character dresses. She doesn't fall into the same loops as the other characters do. (less)
It keeps getting better! And I liked how the fight was drawn out throughout the novel rather than just being at the end. The characters develop amazin...moreIt keeps getting better! And I liked how the fight was drawn out throughout the novel rather than just being at the end. The characters develop amazingly in this book.(less)
I thought the plot in this book was great. It’s a short and easy read, yes, but it also has a lot of self-discovery (nudged by her new friends) and di...moreI thought the plot in this book was great. It’s a short and easy read, yes, but it also has a lot of self-discovery (nudged by her new friends) and discovering about people in general. Colie learns that she doesn’t need a facade to get the right boy to like her. I loved her interactions with other people, especially with Isabel and with her aunt. They both helped her find out that she is an amazing person and she doesn’t need someone’s approval to love the person she is.
I loved Isabel and Morgan. They were great. Although Morgan’s storyline was a bit dramatic at times, it was still quite realistic and she was still a lovely character. She always had a lesson to teach. Isabel was so quick witted. She had the tough love approach, which I think Colie needed at times. Norman’s character was great. He was the eccentric artsy guy who rebelled against his dad. His character actually caught me off-guard a few times.
Colie’s aunt was probably the greatest character. She’s so different, but she didn’t give a crap. She has all of these broken things in her house, and somehow that shows a part of her character. People talked about her behind her back, and she didn’t care. It wasn’t like she ignored it, but she knew who she was and she was okay with that.
The feel of the novel is very coming-of-age and self-discovery, and it’s so beautiful and touching. It had quite an original cast of characters. I think that’s what’s so great about Dessen’s novels. The characters are people you feel like you know.
I would recommend this as a summer read. Well, any time of year, but it’s set in the summer. Anyone who needs a good book about self-discovery, this is your book.(less)
This story is about a boy named Kyle Kingsley who is by definition a spoiled brat. He has such an ugly personality that a witch named Kendra decides t...moreThis story is about a boy named Kyle Kingsley who is by definition a spoiled brat. He has such an ugly personality that a witch named Kendra decides that his looks should match this. Kyle becomes a beast, much like the one in Beauty & The Beast. To break the curse, he needs to fall in love with a girl.
So, He becomes this eloquent speaking gentleman who creeps on this girl named Lindy. Then, much to his surprise, Lindy’s dad breaks into Kyle’s apartment. Kyle (who is now being called Adrian) catches the man and asks for his daughter and in return, Adrian won’t go to the police.
To make a long story short, the book is about Adrian falling in love with a girl that he wouldn’t have noticed if he weren’t a beast. The book focuses a lot on looks and sight. And how important it is not to base everything on appearances. Even Lindy who is this very bookish and outcast girl puts some stock in the idea that appearances matter. But I guess that’s just how high school is. At least in this novel.
I thought that this story was pretty cheesy. Especially when Kyle becomes Adrian and starts talking over-properly for a 16 year old boy. I definitely would say that this novel (and its characters) is quite cliche for a novel that talks about the importance of beauty on both the inside and out. I really did enjoy it, though. It was very entertaining and it made me laugh out loud at some points.
I didn’t particularly care for the chatroom bits. I thought they were more distracting than insightful.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves the Disney version and anyone who loves cheesy romantic movies.(less)