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Beauty by Robin McKinley
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Jul 20, 2009

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bookshelves: scifi-and-fantasy, read-in-2009, young-adult
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Like many girls in my age group, I truly loved the Disney movie of Beauty and the Beast when I was younger. I even had a Mrs. Potts' piggy bank. Which was, you know, pretty friggin' awesome. So when I saw that there was a retelling, I had to pick it up. Sadly, I'm not a ten-year old girl anymore, and the story doesn't really appeal to me in quite the same way it did back then. That said, McKinley does a decent job with the retelling. The first third of the book was fairly boring, but I found myself flipping pages faster as the story progressed, which is saying something since I already clearly know the plot line. I took issue with the ending, however, as the resolution and consequent happiness takes place in the last 3 pages. It felt like a very rushed conclusion, but then again, I don't think there's a girl on the planet that isn't already familiar with the story so maybe the publishers figured no one would mind.

All in all a decent book but nothing earthshattering. I sort of want to go back and watch the movie now though.

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message 1: by Alexandrea (new)

Alexandrea Have you ever seen the Beauty and the Beast taht was done in the 80's? It was called Fairy Tale Theatre narrated by Shelly Duval (not sure how to spell that) if not I have it and you should watch it.

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