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Throwback Thursday: Beastly

by Alex Flinn

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“Just because something is beautiful doesn´t mean it´s good.”

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Book: 1 of Beastly
Genre: Teen/ Fairytale 
Rating: 3 Voodoos

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.
This here is an example of the only book I know of that I’ve read BEFORE seeing the film and yet I most certainly prefer the film. I think, perhaps, it;’s the ending.
I feel that the book is too close to the disney version after the vastly different storyline. The ending of the film, in my opinion, fit better within the whole.
But this is about the book.
“This is Beauty and the Beast in book form for the teens of today!” or something along those lines. Since I read it, it has become part of a series, which I am interested in reading one day, but I haven’t yet done so, therefore I can only talk of this book as a stand-alone.
I feel that this storyline may make this legend more relateable. Today, there are few stranded places for a disgraced prince to hole up, but every school has one of THOSE kids…I’ll leave it up to you which one I mean…
It was a well written adaptation and i look forward to investigating further at a later date.

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