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Beauty by Robin McKinley
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Sep 22, 08

Recommended to Kathryn by: Christina
Read in September, 2008, read count: 1

It was a nice enough story. Honestly, though, I found it difficult to relate in any real way to the main character. She seemed stiff, to me, and kind of stagnant. After reading authors like Sharon Creech and Gail Carson Levine where the heroines become your best friends and you can sense what they are feeling and understand their pain and rejoice in their successes, Beauty seemed like a brick. I think the author tried too hard to make her "realistic" to the point that she became anything but.
I didn't wholly dislike the book. The story was interesting, the sisters likable, and the beast adequately scary, dispite there never being an actual desciption of him (I actually liked that). It was clean, it wasn't too long or short, it was interesting at times.
All in all, though, I didn't love it and I wouldn't read it again when there are so many other great books worth reading.
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Maggie Completely agree with you! I'm surprised that the general rating for this book is so high...

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