What happens when you are a teenage boy living in New York City and you find yourself transformed into a Beast? Alex Flinn explores this intriguing premise in her novel, Beastly. Kyle Kingsley had it all, most popular boy in school, hot girlfriend and a father who gives him everything he wants so he doesn’t have to actually spend time with Kyle. Used to getting his own way, Kyle decides to embarrass the new freaky goth girl at school by inviting her to the prom and then embarrassing her in front of all their classmates. Kyle is not a complete loss, right before embarrassing the new girl he gives the rose corsage his maid got instead of the orchid one his girlfriend wanted to the awkward girl taking tickets at the door.
The new goth girl turns out to be a witch and she transforms Kyle into a beast but because of his kind gesture, gives him two years to find a girl willing to love him. Kyle is moved to Brooklyn by his father, to keep anyone from finding him, his only contact to the outside world his blind tutor Will and his housekeeper.
I loved this book but I am biased because Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale, regardless of the version I am reading. The novel is told from the viewpoint of Kyle the beast instead of Beauty and I enjoyed the change. Kyle is a realistic character with a realistic reaction to the events in his life, depression, anger, denial. I enjoyed Flinn’s incorporation of current pop-culture into the novel, Kyle joins a chatroom to discuss with others transformation, the other character’s faery tale references made me giggle. I was able to read the novel in one sitting and character transformation, both emotional and physical, was intriguing and enjoyable. I look forward to seeing the movie and I will be reading Flinn’s other books.
Movie coming in July 2010. *squuueeee* Neil Patrick Harris is going to play the tutor Will, most definitely will be going to watch this movie!!
Author: Alex Finn
Format: (paperback, hardbound, ebook): Paperback
Page Nos.: 320
ISBN: 006087418X (isbn13: 9780060874186)
Release Date: October 2008
Available for purchase: got mine at Barnes and Noble, so mass market.