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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,293 ratings  ·  517 reviews
Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy ...more
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Brie That would be super fun to do, I would love the opportunity to do that. Maybe someday I will- great idea, thank you for the suggestion and thank you…moreThat would be super fun to do, I would love the opportunity to do that. Maybe someday I will- great idea, thank you for the suggestion and thank you for reading! :)(less)
Brie Hi Sophie! Thanks so much, I appreciate your support! Maybe someday there will be a sequel. If the book does well there's a chance Dylan and Jamie…moreHi Sophie! Thanks so much, I appreciate your support! Maybe someday there will be a sequel. If the book does well there's a chance Dylan and Jamie will be making out for years to come. <3

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Emily May
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to decide that I really liked Beast. It's funny, it's charming, but it's also a tough read. Transphobia isn't skimmed over, and some of the bullying and trans-shaming was nauseating to me as a cis reader, so I can only imagine how upsetting it might be for trans readers.

That being said, I personally think it's a very important book. The darker aspects of the story draw sympathy for Jamie, allow her to tell her side of the story, and - ultimately - normalize teen trans relatio
Meredith Russo
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My name's Meredith Russo. I'm a transsexual. I got to read Beast early.


Funny story though, I actually kind of pulled a Dylan where this book is concerned. A mutual friend reached out asking if I wanted to read the book, and I agreed because, hey, free book, but I didn't pay attention when they told me I was doing a trans sensitivity read so I was completely confused; after all I was (am) just some nobody, right? So for the first half of the book I wasn't actually aware that Jamie
Wendy Darling
A lot of positives here, but I just couldn't get over the fact that Jamie deserves so much better than Dylan.

Also, FYI that the gorgeous cover is totally misleading as to the tone and content of the story--and the retelling aspect is very slight.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on, trans, ya
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
First book of the year turns out to be a disappointment, eh? Well, the main main was kind of a douche, sorry to say.

Full review soon!
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I told myself I need something cute, a chaser per se in between of my The Young Elites readathon. In which I had hopes for Beast, the cover amazed me and I was intrigued by the blurb. Another bonus, Meredith Russo, who wrote one of my favorite reads this year titled If I Was Your Girl like it too.

However, Beast turned out to be a sordidly disappointing book. Maybe, I came in with the wrong expectations. No matter what reasons I can come up with I don’t see recommending this book to anyone.

As I a
Vitor Martins
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, read-in-2016, ebook
"I don't want us to be horrible anymore. I want us to be good."

Beast foi uma surpresa muito boa. Diferente de tudo que eu esperava (isso aqui não é uma releitura de A Bela e a Fera mesmo, viu?), esse livro me ensinou muita coisa nova, fez com que eu me apegasse e torcesse pelos personagens e é, ao mesmo tempo, romântico e triste.

A história é bem simples. Poderia ser apenas mais um "garoto encontra garota", só que o garoto é um gigante peludo e a garota é trans.
Isso já é o bastante pra aprese
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reseña completa en:

La novela muestra la perspectiva ácida e irónica de la lucha de dos jóvenes por romper con los estereotipos y vivir su amor de una manera libre.

Cuando leí la sinopsis del libro, esperaba una carga dramática importante debido a los temas que se iban a tratar: transfobia, rechazo, falta de autoestima... sin embargo me he encontrado con una novela bastante amena, con un ritmo acelerado, cargada de mucha ironía y con un lenguaje muy desenfa
Dear Jamie,

Although you were occasionally long-winded, and I have absolutely no idea why in god’s name you would ever give Dylan a second chance, you also seemed authentic. I wish you had narrated this novel.


Dear Asshole Dylan,

Thank you. Thank you for making me so eye-poppingly angry that I screamed curse words at you in my car and momentarily forgot that my country is turning into a fascist regime. Although your journey through heterosexual white male angst was probably authentic
I feel like I just wanna sit and think about this book forever. It really is such a smart concept, and I think Spangler executed it really well and really sensitively. One thing that really stuck out to me in contrast to my last review of a trans YA is that it consciously refuses to fall into the Thing of a person having to be queer in order to be attracted to a trans person. I don't think it would read true if it wasn't something he considered, and I'm glad that he does for that reason, and but ...more
Dylan Ingvarsson doesn’t fit in -- quite literally, because at 15 years old, he’s well over 6 feet tall and covered in muscles that no one can see because he’s also covered in hair, from his feet to his neck. Not surprisingly, he’s known as “Beast.” The only thing that makes school tolerable is his friendship with good-looking, popular rich-boy JP, but that friendship has strings attached. When Dylan falls off a roof and breaks a leg, he’s sentenced to group therapy, where he meets Jamie, a girl
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5*

Dani and I are reviewing this on Books Are My Fandom for our BAMF Review book for December!

I had a love-hate relationship with BEAST because I loved the story but I didn't like the MC and that made it really hard to connect to anyone BUT Jamie. I feel like had the story been from Jamie's POV, I would have enjoyed it more. She was perfectly flawed and written so well in my opinion and I loved every second of it. Jamie is transgender, so I read some reviews from people who ident
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Rating changed on 13/05/17

Honestly there's both a lot of positive and negatives for this book. Beast tells the story of an ever growing 15 year old guy called Dylan who ends up falling for a girl who happens to be Transgender. Essentially I knew it was going to be just a little like every other YA contemporary book I've read; and I was right. Both Dylan and Jamie were naïve to the point where I felt like they were going two steps forward a hundred steps back the entire novel. Dylan was forever l
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ya, favorites
Beast by Brie Spangler is about Dylan a 15 year old boy who is nearly 7 feet tall & well over 300Lbs & is constantly made fun of and called the beast. To make matters worse one day he falls off of his High Schools roof and breaks his leg. The doctor & his mother are worried about him and send him to group therapy for self-harmers. Where he meets Jamie the most beautiful girl he's ever seen.

I know this sounds mad cheesy but its not. Beast is not a light & fluffy coming of age st
Anita Vela
Reseña completa:

Tengo muchos sentimientos encontrados con esta historia: me ha gustado, pero no llegado a conectar con el protagonista. Además, no me esperaba que los personajes fueran tan jóvenes, 15 años, y es una edad que se me queda un poco lejos, pero bueno.

La historia en general me ha gustado. Trata muchos temas actuales como: el acoso escolar, los complejos, las auto lesiones, la homofobia… Y sinceramente, me esperaba una historia con más drama, pe
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un 3,5

Reseña completa:

No sé muy bien que esperaba de este libro, pero desde luego no era la historia que me encontré entre sus páginas, aún así ha sido una historia muy bonita que ha conseguido conquistarme poquito a poco. Con la voz de Dylan como narrador en primera persona iremos viendo su día a día -en el instituto, con sus amigos, su madre y Jamie-, sus sentimientos y miedos, su conflicto interno y lo mal que lo pasa al no sentirse normal. Es una nove
Tayane Cristie
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was really excited to read a Beauty & the Beast retelling with a transgender character. Though it hasn't much to do with B&tB (except Dylan is called "Beast" because of his huge and hairy self), it's still a book many should read. I can't deny it bored me a little at the beginning, because Dylan exhausted me with his complaints about himself. I've seen a few reviews despising him because of his reaction when he finds out Jamie is trans, and though some of the things he did wasn't very ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng, diversity, trad, 2017, ebook
Mais um livro lgbt para a pilha dos lidos. Este livro foi diferente do que esperava. Normalmente torcemos para que o casal fique junto mas admito que aqui não queria a Jamie com o Dylan, ele tinha atitudes tão imaturas..enfim, boys.

Fala sobre um assunto complicado, o preconceito que se tem com pessoas transgéneras.
Não tem muito de retelling, só mesmo o facto do Dylan ser grande e peludo e ser chamado de Monstro.

É um bom livro, gostei de o ler e passa mensagens importantes, sendo um YA e direc
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So when I bumped into this book I immediately added it to my tbr. I mean, a "Beauty and the beast" retelling featuring a trans girl as Beauty? Hell yes!!

And do you know what I love the most about this book? That it doesn't focus on the struggle of being a trans girl, that it doesn't make a tragedy of her story. Jamie is perfecetly okay with who she is, and it's Dylan who has issues with his body. It's very interesting how being so big and hairy affects him in many different ways and how he face
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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La nueva adaptación cinematográfica de la La Bella y la Bestia ha traído consigo la publicación de numerosas novelas que se basan en el clásico cuento de Disney. Es este el caso de El corazón de la bestia de Brie Spangler, un nuevo retelling de temática LGBTQ al que poco le queda del original más que alguna que otra reminiscencia en los personajes protagonistas.

Dylan está cansado de que solo se le conozca por su gran tamaño y por lo pelu
Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
Trigger warnings: Transphobia, insensitivity to self-harm, self-harm, mental illness, mild violence

Dylan looks nothing like a fifteen year-old. He’s well over 6 feet tall, his body’s covered with muscle, and as he describes it- he’s hairier than a throw rug. He’s been made fun of his entire life, ever since he hit puberty in the fourth grade. Nicknamed “Sasquatch,” or more commonly, “Beast,” Dylan gets along with his mother well enough, but she can sometimes be overbearing. And more often than n
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s books like this one that remind me why I am so in love with reading; the books that I can lose myself in for hours without getting bored or needing to take a break.

Beast absolutely enthralled me. It’s one of the best contemporary novels I’ve read this year, and definitely the best debut. I know I’ll be reading anything this author comes out with for the rest of her career.

This story follows Dylan, a 15 year old boy dubbed “the Beast”. He’s ridiculously tall, built, and covered in hair. He’s
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
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Initial reaction:

Beast is one of those books that I knew I had to have as soon as I saw it! The cover is gorgeous and, well, it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling (sort of)! In case you're new to my reviews, I am obsessed with retellings. Even though I'm not a usual reader of contemporary fiction, this combined with a trans main character made this one a must-read for me!

Dylan is the protagonist of this story and he has some problems. For reasons unknow
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book from a co-worker at the bookstore I work at. So, what can I say....
I loved this book. I can really break it down to two main reason why:
1. I am so happy that this book exists and is going to be out there in the world. There has been such an increase in awesome gay, lesbian and bi literature for young adults in the last few years. There is still a serious lack of YA with trans characters and storylines. What makes this book special is that its a love
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Recently I've been all iffy about YA contemporaries and their high school setting because I couldn't relate to characters and their problems. Beast completely swept me off my feet and I'm so happy I got to read the book.

What I like the most about Beast is realistic teenagers. 15 year olds are difficult and I remember myself at that age and I was absolutely horrible (I'm still horrible but for other reasons now fyi). Brie Spangler perfectly captured teenagers, I liked her chara
Novel Novice
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am obsessed with this gorgeous & inventive transgender teen love story, inspired by "Beauty & the Beast." Brie Spangler's BEAST is a brilliantly conceived and beautifully written story of acceptance and unconditional love.
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sencillamente no conecte con la historia ni con los personajes.
Chester Dean

Dylan es un adolescente de 15 años que se siente el ser humano más espantoso sobre la faz de la tierra, porque a su corta edad mide casi dos metros de altura, y tiene casi todo el cuerpo cubierto de pelo, un físico por el cual lo apodaron La Bestia en el colegio. Con una vida social casi inexistente, repulsivo para las chicas y con un mejor amigo que le hace bullying como si fuera su enemigo, Dylan termina asistiendo a terapia después de tener un accidente que su madre temía haya sido intenci
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to dive into Beast. I love Beauty and the Beast retellings! A retelling with a transgender character? Yes, please! Unfortunately, Beast wasn’t anything like I had hoped and expected. I think most of my problems with this book stem from the wrong set of expectations, but either way I did not enjoy it.

I want to mention first that this book is barely a Beauty and the Beast retelling. The parallels were few and far between. I found that really disappointing when I was led to believe
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Author/illustrator of children's picture books and YA novels, Brie Spangler loves to draw and write stories and drink massive amounts of caffeine, but not quite Dave Grohl "Fresh Pot!"/require hospitalization levels. Writing down the ideas in her head was scary as a kid, so she turned to making pictures instead. Brie worked as an illustrator for several years before she began to write and immediat ...more
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