Author: Alex Flinn
Publication Date: October 1, 2007
I am a beast.
Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly… beastly.
Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time. I so wanted to love this book. And I just didn’t
Beastly had the potential to be awesome. A modern retelling of one of the best stories of all time? Sign me up! Unfortunately, I just couldn’t connect with the characters on an emotional level. I should have felt extreme sadness for Linda being forced to stay with Kyle. I should have strongly disliked Kyle for being such a jerk and then love him when he realized what an ass he was. And yet, my feelings were purely on a shallow level. I think I felt what I did because I knew how I should feel – does that make sense? Which looking back, may have doomed the book for me from the get-go.
While the book was a modern take, I didn’t care for the chat room dialogue in between the sections of the book. It seemed forced and oddly out of place even though it was supposed to be a current retelling.
I will say that I did enjoy the underlying premise that it was a modern take. All of the elements were there, it just fell a bit short for me. I know Alex Flinn has written other fairy tale retellings, and I may have to give another one a shot. I do plan on seeing the movie when it is released in a few weeks and I’m crossing my fingers I will enjoy it.