Beastly is on the Gateway Award nominee list for 2009-2010. As I was slapping the proper sticker on all 20 copies and making sure the location code was correct, I thought I’d take a look at this one first. I like Alex Flinn’s stuff so there you go.
Beastly is a modern take on the Beauty and the Beast myth. Kyle is a jerk-every high school has him-uber rich, popular and can do anything he wants…well, except for get his dad to love him. During one particularly heinous adventure a curse is placed on Kyle by a witch turning him into a hairy shadow of his former self.
Quickly shuffled off to his own house so no one knows who he is, he believes that the cure for the curse-to be kissed by someone whom he truly loves and loves him back-is impossible. With the help of a few trusted people he just might find his way back.
I dunno, I’ve always had a problem with the Beauty and the Beast myth. Sure, sure, the beast isn’t always a complete jerk but in this case he was and it was really hard to like him for at least half of the book. I ached for his lonliness tho and eventually enjoyed watching his transformation. I just had a hard time disengaging and just letting things go. It is a quick read and is supplemented with an online support chat group with fairy tale characters we will all recognize. I guess I’m going to have to stick with being on the fence with this one. And really, why isn’t the beast ever a girl? Why isn’t there ever a man that falls in love with a woman, despite her appearance? 2007, 304 pages.