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Beastly by Alex Flinn
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Nov 09, 09

bookshelves: fantasy, romance, ya, reluctant_readers
Read in November, 2009

Beastly is author Alex Flinn's modern interpretation of the classic tale of "Beauty and the Beast." In it Kyle Kingsbury is one of the beautiful people at his exclusive private New York high school, and he absolutely knows it. In true beastlike fashion, he has nothing but contempt for those who don't live up to his impossible standards of beauty, wealth, and prominence. He, of course, plays a prank on the chubby goth girl in one of his classes which leads to his eventual transformation into the Beast. The goth girl/witch gives him two years to find someone who will love him despite his appearance, and kiss him to prove it.

Flinn's updated fairy tale holds everything you would expect of the classic and well-loved story, which makes it a comfortable and satisfying book. There aren't any true surprises, but rather a gentle curiosity and an easy enjoyment which, when paired with the very sympathetic characters, pull the reader straight through.

Beastly is scheduled to be released as a motion picture for the Summer of 2010, which should result in a surge of interest in this updated classic.
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