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Beau and Bett

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  50 reviews
After Beau LeFrancois's mother wrecks Bett Diaz’s luxury SUV, his family faces an impossibly large bill—with no car insurance to help pay it. To pay off the debt, Beau spends his weekends working at the Diaz Ranch.

Beau’s prepared to work, but he’s definitely not prepared for the infamous temper of Bett Diaz, also known as "The Beast" at school. As Beau learns the secrets b
Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Amberjack Publishing
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Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh boy! So first things first, Beau and Bett is a modern-day retelling of the beauty and the beast; however, if you didn't know that, you wouldn't put those two together. That's not to say it wasn't an enjoyable story and didn't mirror beauty and the beast in certain ways, because it sure did! Beau and Bett is a story about hardworking, family oriented Beau who does everything he can to make his family's life easier when an accident with his mom and a certain girl, Bett, leaves him in charge of ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a cute contemporary Beauty and the Beast retelling.
I thought it was an okay read. I found Beth extremely obnoxious and Beau a bit too shallow and a bit slow. Yes it's a romance and yes I know exactly where the story goes, no surprises here, but he didn't have to be that dumb to get that Beth is interested.
The family scenes I enjoyed, but I'm not sold on the Cajun accent of Beau's father in the book. It felt stiff and I'd have to preferred the book without it.

I can recommend this book if
Tanya Tate
Feb 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
I'm not going to lie.
From the summary, I like this twist of BATB and I would love to get a physical arc of it. lol
Mar 08, 2019 added it
A modern day retelling of beauty and the beast
This time the boy is "beauty" and the girl is the "beast". Its an easy read. I enjoyed it. I didnt really didnt get why she was considered the beast I think she was just really lonely and everyone was mean to her. Shes kind of sheltered but other than that shes ok.
Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
If you know me you know how much I adore the Beauty and the Beast story and I'm a sucker for any retellings. Contemporary is always a hit or miss for me so I was nervous to start this. I feel like this could Have been a really fantastic book but unfortunately it didn't do it for me. I will say I probably wasn't the intended target audience and younger readers who love contemporary stories would love it more then me more than likely.

I feel like this book is just full of stereotypical teen drama a
Filia Macy
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beau and Bett is a lovely, sweet story about first love and first impressions! Beau is a straightforward narrator that takes you along for a smooth ride. His interactions with Bett varied from awkward to adorable, and they were a delight to read. I felt so much sympathy toward Bett when we found out what happened to her and why they called her a beast. It was great seeing Beau's journey as he started to understand and fall for her, gradually getting to know her and the ways that she expressed he ...more
Seema Rao
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Classic ~ Charming ~ Sedate
tl:dr: Beauty and the beast is in the eye of the beholder

This YA/ NA romance novel updates beaty and the beast into contemporary teen life. The beauty is a smart housekeeper's son and the beast a rich, snotty girl. The two spend time together outside the confines of high school only to first deal with some personal baggage and then fall in love. I love a remixed classic, and the characters, particularly the male protagonist, Beau, are appealing. While there isn't new g
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
“There’s a little bit of beast in every person. And in every beast, there’s a human heart with a story of how it got to that place...”

The last few lines of the last paragraph in this book LEGIT took my rating of this book up from a 3 to a 4. It hit my heart hard and was something I could relate to. I seriously LOVE the last paragraph ❤

When I first started reading this, I thought it was a bit dry and all over the place. I didn’t give up on this book and I’m glad because it ended quite perfectly i
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, I devoured it in one sitting. I loved the fact Bett is the "beast" and the roles are reversed. It gave a freshness to the story.
Beau goes to work at Beth's families ranch in order to repay a debt. Beau is this loveable, caring character that gets to know the real Bett. He sticks up for her and defends her when he doesn't really know why. Bett is misunderstood and has a good heart. I loved the development between these characters. V
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love how subtle of a retelling this story is, but also how different it is. I got to learn about a place I normally wouldn't get to know. I also think YA retellings are really lacking the male perspective so I think this is a welcome addition. Kahlil is definitely my favorite character. I could just picture this big, silly Panda bear.

The story is also really funny. Papa's sayings cracked me up, but the real show stoppers are the twins. I can just picture their antics like they are Siamese cat
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Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have to start off by saying that Beau & Bett wasn't necessarily a bad novel, but it was an ambitious attempt at something big. I absolutely love retellings. The modern setting and the idea of gender swabbing the roles of Belle and the Beast were cool to me. So of course, I wanted to give Beau & Bett a chance. However, once I started getting into the story, I was a bit let down.

The novel is marketed as "a modern retelling of beauty and the beast". The references sure were there, but ju
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Beau and Bett by Kathryn Berla

Read: 04/16-04/16

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

After Beau LeFrancois’s mother wrecks Bett Diaz’s luxury SUV, his family faces an impossibly large bill—and no car insurance to help pay it. To pay off the debt, Beau spends his weekends working at the Diaz Ranch.

Beau’s prepared to work, but he’s definitely not prepared for the infamous temper of Bett Diaz—also known as “The Beast” at school. As Beau learns the secrets behind Bett’s tough exterior, he finds himself fal
Jennifer H.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley and Amberjack Publishing! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hoping to right a very expensive wrong, hard working Beau LeFrancois agrees to work off payment on the Diaz Ranch after his mother causes damages to Bettina (Bett for short) Diaz's SUV. Beau can handle just about anything, but Bett is something new altogether. Prone to disappearing in the middle of conversations and not having the best first impres
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
l:dr: The book was okay, but I didn't connect with the characters so it was ultimately forgettable.

Okay so I have some seriously mixed feelings about this book and its taken me a while to figure out exactly how I feel about it. It wasn't a bad book, but overall I found it to be quite forgettable? I was initially interested because it was said to be a modern day Beauty and the Beast retelling, which I could see, but I think it was largely because I went into it looking for those aspects.

One thing
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast where the roles are reversed. When Beau's mom gets in a car accident he goes to the family and offers to work off the debt for the damage caused. While there he encounters Bett, who has earned the nickname The Beast. As time passes Beau and Bett get to know each other better and learn there is more to a person than first impressions.

Beau works hard to help out his family and after the car accident he works off the debt at Diaz Ranch. I liked that he
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beau & Bett was a super cute, super quick read. I read it in a few hours. It’s supposed to be a modern day retelling of the Beauty and the Beast- with Bett being the beast and Beau being beauty. I didn’t really get the comparison when reading it but it was still a very cute read.
The LeFrancois family is unlucky in life but lucky in love, or so Beau’s Papa says. His Maman hits Bett’s Range Rover when taking an avocado from the Diaz ranch. The LeFrancois family is down on their luck and can’t
Rachel Mcatee
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
* I was provided a copy by netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Though this book is described as a modern day retelling of beauty and the beast, it didn’t feel like one; the connections with the original story are loose at best. However, I enjoyed reading it, for the most part. The concept was sweet, if a little weird.

It does feel like someone’s first novel, though, like they haven’t really worked out the kinks in their own writing yet. The dialogue is clunky and inorganic in a lot of case
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has easily become one of my favorite Beauty and the Beast retellings. And not just because it's much more unique than some others I have read. In this particular instance, the roles are reversed with the main characters and I loved how it was handled. It reminded me the most of Beastly by Alex Flynn, however there was no magic involved whatsoever it was just varying circumstances that allowed the contemporary take its course. I really Kathryn Berla's take on contemporary setting and ho ...more
This book is a Beauty and Beast retelling. I usually love fairytale retelling and this one was no exception! It was an easy read and lovely to get through.

This time the roles were reversed and Bettina, the female love interest was the 'beast'.

We see the story from Beau's POV. Beau is such an amazing character. He's loyal and caring. He loves his family and decides to give up his weekend so he can help them. He also looks past what others say to see Bettina's true self.

He doesn't judge her and al
Jessica Gilham
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't why I am so surprised, but I absolutely loved this! I found it on Netgalley and didn't realise it was a 'read now' book, so I suppose that's what made me a little hesitant, but I'm so glad I requested it.
Beau and Bett was honestly one of the cutest contemporary novels! While it's not hugely based on Beauty in the Beast, that wasn't the selling point for me anyway - I was totally drawn in by the cover because it is STUNNING.
I don't think I hated a single character throughout the whole st
Angelina Veneziano
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Who doesn't like a good fairytale retelling? If you are looking for a lighthearted read, Beau & Bette may be for you. I finished it in a day, and it's perfect for your upcoming beach read it and long car rides. It's a lighthearted story about appearances, dedication, familial love, and teenage infatuation. It features a lighthearted tone, very clever turns on traditional tropes and story skeleton, and a voice and humor which is entirely enticing. Beau, the avocado farm, and his family are th ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Beau and bett is a modern day beauty and the beast retelling and don’t get me wrong if it didn’t say that on the cover I definitely wouldn’t think it was don’t get me wrong I loved the gender swapping from the classic and the little here and there’s that we’re definitely similar with the original such as if u know the avocados instead of a rose swap and few more.

Beau and bett is about the slow burner and will they won’t they romance that’s start of with beau mother crashed into Betts car so to
full review available on my blog.

I thought this book was really cute. I liked the role reversal, and all the different themes and conflicts woven into the story – rich vs. poor, knowing your worth, dealing with family, looking beyond a reputation, etc. I also really liked how it wasn't really a romance version of "Beauty & the Beast," and that the two teens moved at their own pace. I really enjoyed how Beau slowly realized his feelings for Bett, and all of their awkward teenage interacti
Vicky Skinner
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of Kathy Berla's best, Beau and Bett is such a ME book. I am endlessly attracted to Beauty and the Beast retellings, and this one doesn't disappoint! I loved that, for once, The Beast got to be the girl, lending to an honest discussion of how teenage girls are treated just for simply having feelings. Bett is so relatable and so completely herself, and I loved seeing Beau fall for her, mostly because I fell for her myself. This book has such a cozy feeling to it, happening in such a ri ...more
Elizabeth Mellen
This was an adorable contemporary, but it felt nothing like Beauty and the Beast to me. I wish I hadn't gone in expecting that, because I felt a little let down by that aspect. I thought the actual story was pretty cute, and I enjoyed reading it and would read more by this author, I just thought Bett as a "beast" was a very weird plot point, and Beau didn't feel like a gender swapped Belle, really, either. If she hadn't been called beast, the plot line about how she was treated and (view spoiler ...more
Tesha Ham
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While I personally don't agree with the 'beauty and the beast retelling' description as the only parts relating to Beauty and the Beast is Bett being called 'The beast' at school and Beau having to work on her ranch, this book is a phenomenal teen love story. The characters are interesting and realistic and their story is sweet with a twinge of sadness. There a nice balance to the tone of the story and I honestly think it is well worth a read.

I voluntarily read and received a free ARC copy of th
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
When I started reading this book, I was very intrigued as I love a good retelling book, however I just could not get into it at all!

The writing style was great, and I could see the book leading into an interesting direction but I just could not connect with the characters and to me, that’s a very important part of the book.

That is not to say that other people will not like it, I definitely implore you all giving it a try but unfortunately this book wasn’t for me.

Thank you, NetGalley for provi
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I was provided a copy of this book by netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think this book is not so different from the normal light-hearted teen summer romance. However, with that being said, it is a decent light read that warms the heart in the end. I feel like there aren’t enough teen romance books where the main character actually behaves maturely and have an adult way of thinking and it is refreshing.

I would recommend this book if you want a cute little read on a nice summer day at
Katie Kaleski
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-it
I really like the family feel I get from the beginning. They seem like a family that really loves each other. And funny, the dad and his expletives. This was a lovely well written story. I really liked Beau. He was thoughtful and cared for his family and others. I think my favorite aspect was the family (as stated before) and how close they truly were. The setting (as in all Kathryn Berla books) was strong. The ranch seemed like a great place. I had a big smile on my face at the end. Quite an en ...more
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