"Beastly" by Alex Flinn

OK, so I think it is pretty clear by now that I see a movie trailer that grabs my attention, and then I run out and read the book.  I say it is because I want to read the book before seeing the movie, but I know that A) I almost never get to go to the movie theater and B) once I’ve read the book, I’m usually all set anyway.  This is almost the case with Beastly by Alex Flinn.  I saw the movie trailer, now I’ve read the book – but I think I’ll still watch the movie – more likely when it comes OnDemand or HBO or something.

Beastly is a modern retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast.  Here, it is set in modern day New York City, and revolves around Kyle Kingsbury – the overly handsome, rich, popular high school student who gets by on his good looks, and judges others who may not be similarly blessed.  He’s mean and arrogant, but he doesn’t know about love.  Enter Kendra, the witch to casts the spell – he is transformed into an actual beast and must love and be loved – proven by a kiss – within two years, or else he is to spend the rest of his life in his new beastly shape.

I love this tale, and Flinn does a great job reworking it to be not only modern, but told from the Beast’s perspective.  About half way through the book, I almost forgot that I knew exactly what was going to happen and got into Flinn’s version completely.  One thing kind of disappointed me though, and it is completely unfair of me to feel this way.  The film trailer showed the beast as being mostly human, but just grotesquely scarred with tattoos, scars, etc.  The book version has him as the hairy beast that is traditional to the story.  I was kind of looking forward to the movie version as a change…. and while this takes absolutely nothing away from the book, it is the reason why I’ll watch the movie when I am able to.  Also, Neil Patrick Harris is in it, and I love him.

by Alex Flinn
HarperTeen, 2007
300 pages
Source:  Purchased new


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  1. I do the same exact thing when it comes to books made into movies. The trailers always inspire me to read the books, and then I rarely if ever make it around to watching the movie version (which usually isn't as good as the original anyway!). Sounds like an interesting take on the old classic… I'll have to pick this one up soon!


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