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The Beast

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  563 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

Seventen-year-old Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon is returning to Harlem after seven months at an exclusive prep school. He never wanted to leave the city in the first place--especially not to walk the hallowed
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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I've never met a Myers book that I didn't love, but this one just seems ... off ... to me.

I don't know what my problem with it is, exactly, but let me think it out:

1. The main character, Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon is a black kid from Harlem with rich parents who send him to a Connecticut boarding school for his senior year.

I'm not crazy, right? But this is not Myers' typical protagonist. There's no motive given for Spoon leaving his regular school and going off to the fancy-pants new one. It's
Kaila Mollie
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I expected a lot more from this book than it gave me. Starting on the first page, I knew the book was going to have some ups and downs throughout it. But, I didn't expect it to be so dry. This book shows how drugs 'the beast' can turn your life upside before you know it. Although the book wasn't my favorite, I do feel Myers did a good job with the point of view. The point of view was first person, from Spoon, the main character. The author really connected the reader to what the characters was t ...more
Patricia Andrews
I must say that I really enjoyed reading The Beast. The story takes place in the city of New York so for a southern girl like myself of course it was a bit different for me to get use to the events which occurred in the text. I usually gravitate towards books of this kind, one where there is drama in the midst of the text and can really draw readers into the text. I must say throughout the course of reading the text, the author truly kept me on my toes. Certain events were truly unexpected, and ...more
Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: outside-reading
Anthony Witherspoon goes away to finish out school at the Academy where he is removed from Harlem and life on the streets. After being gone for only a few months Anthony “Spoon” visits his high school love, Gabi, only to find she is more distant from him than he could have imagined.
“She seemed so different than she had been, as if she had somehow wound tighter than a person ever should be, as if at any moment she would either spring loose into a thousand parts or stop altogether. Somehow I had
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading and reflecting on the book "The Beast”, I really enjoyed it. The author did a great job of making connections between the characters experiences with real life problems. I really liked how I could connect to the book because I’m the same age as Anthony.

This story takes place in the streets of Harlem, New York. The main character of the story is a high school boy, who goes by the name of Anthony “Spoon” Witherspoon. Anthony is a great kid who just wants to escape the streets and liv
Luisa Pruitt
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
When I first saw this book I was very intrigued with the tittle: The Beast. The story was about a young boy, Anthony “Spoon” Witherspoon, torn between his old world: his family, childhood friends, and long time lover Gabi and his new and exciting world of prestigious education and intellectual companions. Casting a shadow over the already harsh transitions is “the Beast” that has captured Gabi and made things more difficult for Spoon. I quickly became very interested in this book because the aut ...more
Hamed Sherzai
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As I find myself reading more and more books, I have to say Walter Dean Myers is starting to become my favorite author with the way he portrays each character, it seems as if you knew them in a past life. The Beast portrays a high school student who has left the ghettos, and his loved ones to go search for better education in a all white prep school. His girlfriend who he though was perfect is addicted to drugs and his best friend has dropped out of school. Spoon is the main character and goes t ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rea2017, read2017
This book had such strong feelings, but sometimes the descriptions were distracting or didn't feel like things a real teenager would say. I wanted to keep reading when it ended though!
Mar 20, 2017 added it
Literary Analysis for English 2 Honors
“The Beast” started out with a boy and a girl saying their goodbyes. The boy, Anthony, was leaving to a new high school away from his girlfriend Gabi. Gabi was hispanic and spoke the spanish language often, sometimes through poetry. Anthony is black and grew up in the ‘hood’, along with Gabi. When he left for school they promised to talk often, to keep in touch. After about two months Gabi stopped replying, her phone was turned off and she never answered th
Ginger Woods
Jun 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: burnable
This book dragged. I picked it off my shelves of 'to read' thinking it'd be a quick entrancing book. I have read and loved lots of Walter Dean Myers work so I was stunned when I had to force myself to keep going. I admit I skipped over paragraphs in the book because I couldn't bare to read through them. I felt like my life had been wasted getting through this book.

It lacked depth, it felt as if he'd published an outline of an IDEA of a book but forgot to write the actual story itself. Even for
Juan Salas
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Anthony is an African American teenager who went away from home to go to a white boarding school in New England. His home town is Harlem and came back after 4 months but he found out that the life's of his friends turned out bad. One of his friends dropped out of schools, another one joined a street gang and others became drugs addicts. He also became un certain when he came back home as if he never been there before. Gabi is a good friend of his that they had a thing before him going to new Eng ...more
Evan Crowell
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a truly captivating book that had me on my seat the whole time. Myers added the perfect amount of romance and action, and there was no way that you couldn't help feeling incredible sorrow for the characters, despite their mishaps. Description was at a premium, and I myself felt as if I was in Anthony Witherspoon's shoes, living through this catastrophe. I completely loved "The Beast".
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 2015, summer, summer-2015, sapl
I haven't been reading. I hadn't read for two weeks when I decided I had to categorize the stacks of books by my bed. I had picked up this book because it seem small but interesting. It seemed to mock me from its shelf, so I picked it. When I was organizing the books earlier, I was like, I can't return all these books unread, and so I decided to read this one. I said, "Well, hey, it's small. I can finish this by today." Three hours later I was reading the last five pages.

Part of me didn't put d
Dec 31, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Autographed ALA 2004
Ryan Milbrath
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Beast by Walter Dean Myers is a great teenage read by one of the best young adult fiction writers. Myers has written over 50 novels of fiction and non-fiction. His gritty, realistic portrayal of war, clashing culture, and adult experiences through the eyes of youth has generated both acclaim and controversy. He has won the Corretta Scott King award, while at the same time, being condemned for the language and adult content of his stories. The Beast is no exception. A young adult novel about ...more
Mason Frey
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Beast
By: Walter Dean Myers
This book takes place in Harlem and Connecticut. The main characters in this book are Spoon, a teenage boy going to school in Connecticut and Gabi's boyfriend, Gabi, Spoon's girlfriend, and Rafe, Gabi's little brother.
In this book Spoon leaves Harlem to go to a school in Connecticut for awhile. He is doing great in school and making friends but he forgets about how things go back in Harlem. When he comes home for Christmas break he thinks everything is normal. Hi
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
I rated this book 2 out of 5 stars because I did not enjoy it that much. The main reason I did not like The Beast was that I think the story was a little too young for me. If I were in the seventh grade reading this book I would probably have loved it. The basis for the story was good, Gabi getting into drugs, Spoon trying to help her, but the way the situation was described was not detailed enough for me. To me it seemed like Walter Dean Myers put too much effort into trying to tone the drama ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
“The Beast” written by Walter Dean Myers Is about your typical love story, but what you don’t know is they are deferent age and one will be going to college and the other will be going to high school. They boy in the relationship leave to college for a couple mouths. He left all his friends and family. When he come back for break he realized that things have changes.

I would have to say the main characters are The boy friend and girlfriend plus the girl that he has meet at college. The girl that
Krystina king- taylor
The beast is a powerful story of love pain and drug abuse. The characters in the story were lost in the over powering tone of life in the worst part of the big city. Myers created characters that were not fully developed and seemed to not be full characters. The main characters personalities and back stories were washed out by the droning on about miniscule things like the color of the leaves and the hum of the city. The author's voice seemed absent from the story and the main character seemed l ...more
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Maricela by: my Sister
This book is one of my favorite books. You can compare this to a real life story. This book talks about how Witherspoon has gone to High school and came back to New york to see his friends and family. Once he gets here he feels different. He doesn't really know what is going on. He feels like if he is on a labyrinth. He decides to go see his girlfriend, Gabi. She was a girl that loved to write poems. She has been acting a bit weird around him.
He then finds out that she thinks he doesn't miss h
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book as my Urban Realism. This turned out to be a great book. The main character, Anthony Witherspoon ("Spoon"), is leaving Harlem and going to Wallingford Academy to finish High School. He is in his Senior year, and hopes this will help him to get accepted into a nice college to have a better future. Gabi, his one true love, is staying in Harlem and begins to battle family crisis when Spoon leaves. Upon returning for winter break Spoon is nervous and feels he is returning to the unk ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didnt like this book because it 's about love and romance and not really about the beast itself. This boook has good details and i would like to read more about this book. From beginning to end, theres this boy named Anthony and his Girlfriend Gabbi. They are in a relationship but somehow gabi is on drugs meanwhile Anthony is at Wallingford Academy in Connecticut. At first i wondered why would he leave his girlfriend behind and i wonder what gabi might say about the opportunity he has. in the ...more
Brandi Penny
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
The Beast by Walter Dean Myers is a great novel for middle school students to read. As a high school senior reading this book I enjoyed the concept and plotting. For me it lacked detail and explaination of some of the interesting things of drug use and Gabi's struggle through it. I felt that the author did go into detail but it seemed to be on the things that were not important to the story. This would be an excellent read for middle school students and those transitioning into high school. Real ...more
Aimee Haderlie
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
The Beast is about a young man (Anthony) who is a senior in high school and at the beginning of the school year his parents send him to a prep school three hours from home. He has a girlfriend who he is very in love with and her name is Gabi. When he leaves for school expects Gabi to write to him often with her beautiful poetry and stay very close. They made many plans but little did he know so much would change. When he comes home for Christmas vacation he finds that Gabi has become a drug addi ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read the book the Beast. I think it was not the kind of book of my interest. But, I was mature
enough to read this book. I didn’t know this book was about love when I read the description on
the back of the book, but it was okay.
The story in the book was actually good for a love story. I liked how the concept of what one
would do for another person. The book has taught me to put others before yourself and that is a
way you should live your life with other people that you like. I don’t like how the
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Summary of book:
The book is about a girl and a boy getting together and he had went back to his school and she was in a rehab trying to get off drugs and then at the end she had got her a job at the end of the story and they had said good bye to each other and then they had move on with their life and that was the best thing to me and one last thing he liked Chanelle but he just love Gabi the most though.

What I like about the book?
This is what I liked about the book he really did care about Gabi
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Once I started to read this book I fell right into it. I could barely put it down. I really enjoyed the whole story and everything that was happening. It took me a little while to get why they call the main character "Spoon". However, it didn't take long to finally realize it just had to do with his last name.

I didn't exactly know what to expect with this book. I had no idea what "The Beast" was, so, I didn't exactly know what to expect. As I moved on and started reading you quickly learn what
Makyah Reynolds
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author Walter Dean Myers,romantic and drama filled book,The Beast, has many "I wonders...," "I would like to knows...," and "I predicts...,". The Beast, takes place in New York and is about a boy named Anthony who is 17 years old,senior in high school,and has a loving girlfriend,Gabi. Gabi's younger brother is gang banging and he's taking on the worst drugs, hypodermic needle, and hiding them in Gabi's dreeser. Gabi's younger brother behave starts to change a she describes him as "The Beast. ...more
David  Despain
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Not my favorite, but a decent portrayal of teens dealing with issues like drugs. It is a short, and one with some interesting ideas. I actually really enjoyed the main character, who was a convincing individual. The theme of this novel was an interesting and I thought the book did a good job portraying it. Honestly though, reviewing this book is like reviewing a day in the life of some of my friends back home. It's beauty is in the realism, and in the realistic portrayal of teens. Definitely, a ...more
Leisha Volmer
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books, 2011-reads
If it wasn't for having to read a book by Walter Dean Myers for my Young Adult Lit. class I don't know if this book would have caught my attention. As I read it I got hooked though because of Myer's great writing skills. He is a really great author. I found myself actually getting into the book and liking it as well. It was cool learning a littl bit how others live away from myself. I'm not used to hearing about poverty and drugs because I've lived in a nice town all my life. Also it was differe ...more
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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