>Beastly by Alex Flinn

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Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Publisher: Harper Teen
Released: 2008
Rating: 5/5

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. 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.

Review:
Kyle Kingsbury is the most vainest person you will ever meet. He’s rude, mean, selfish and most of all conceited. But all that changes when he meets a witch, who turns him into his “true self,” a beast. Now that he’s a beast, he has no family, friends, not even a pet to love or care about him. His dad abandoned him in a house with only his tutor and housekeeper, his girlfriend left him because of his outer apperance and everyone when they see him, they scream and runaway.
Each day he’s reminded, by his apperance, about how ugly he’s been to people and how sorry he is for eveything he’s done, but that’s not enough to break the curse. To break the curse he must find someone to love him within 2 years, but thats not the hardest part yet. He has to find someone to love him in return. But the question is who could ever love a beast? Beastly is truly a wonderful book about how its not about the outer part of someone that makes them beautiful, but the inner part that matters.
Of course in the beginning it was slow, but after he’s transformed into a beast it starts to pick up.I just couldn’t put it down. The girl who falls in love with him, Linda, I truly love becasue I relate to her so easily. Everything about this book is truly divine. I really wish books like these would be in the english curriculum at school instead of books that doesn’t really have a moral to the story or anything useful to you in life. I love this book and I can’t wait to see the movie, that comes out March 18, 2011.
Quotes:

“You shouldn’t miss someone who don’t miss you, right?”
— Alex Flinn (Beastly)

“A beautiful thing is precious, no matter the price. Those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy…”
— Alex Flinn (Beastly)

“when you’re a kid, they tell you that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Looks don’t matter . But that’s not true. Guys like Phoebus in The Hunchback, or Dorian, or the old Kyle Kingsbury– they can be scumbags to women and still get away with it because they’re good-looking. Being ugly is a kind of prisoner.”
— Alex Flinn (Beastly)

“You are ugly now, on the inside, where it matters most…you are beastly.”
— Alex Flinn (Beastly)

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