Beastly by Alex Flinn

Book Title: Beastly
Genres: , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: October 1, 2007
Format: Paperback (300 pages)
Dates Read: June 14 to 18, 2011
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I am a beast.
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.

I don’t even know what to say. Beastly was just absolutely amazing. I really wanted to read it, but once I had it in my possession, I couldn’t wait.

I love how Beastly was written from Kyle/Adrian’s point of view because you got to be on a more personal level. You were able to feel what he was feeling and watch him grow into a whole new person. He goes from being this stuck-up, full-of-himself snob to this deeply caring person who doesn’t care what people think of him.

When he was the beast he saw that the people he thought were his friends really weren’t and I think he didn’t see it before because he was just so full of himself. This put him in a place where he no longer felt that and he got to see what it felt like to be the outsider. And I think the name changing and all was perfect because he really did become Adrian King - a whole new person, and Kyle Kingsbury no longer existed.

Beastly definitely has a moral to it, the old cliche “Never judge a book by it’s cover.” Not everyone see’s that and are too focused on looks, which is really sad because there is someone so different and beautiful deep down.

I even loved Magda and Will. There characters were such a big part in helping him to become who he ended up being. Will couldn’t see him, so he wasn’t so defensive and opened up more easily because Will focused on who the person was. And he wasn’t afraid to tell Kyle/Adrian what he really thought and what a jerk he was while everyone was to scared he would sick his daddy on them or something.

And Magda… I knew there was something going on there, but I never expected that. But she cared for Kyle/Adrian and was his friend even after the way he treated her.

There was a few things I didn’t not expect from the ending, but it was definitely different from the Disney version of the story. This event that he kept saying was a curse ended up being a blessing and gave him a much better and happier life. He learned what love was and even friendship and that it doesn’t matter what people think, you have to do what makes you happy.

This cover is beautiful, and even more so once you read the story. It’s simple, but also symbolic in a way. The rose plays such a big part in Beastly and I think it says enough without there being an elaborate cover.