Author: Alex Flinn
I am 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 originally picked up Beastly a little over a year ago when the movie was a work in progress. I picked up the movie on my way home from work on Friday morning and decided to read the book after the movie was over. Now I'm po'ed at myself for waiting so long to read the book.
Kyle Kingsbury is your typical stereotypical rich kid, the good looks, the famous dad, money, can have any girl he wants, you know the type. But as good looking as he is on the outside, on the inside he's pretty damn ugly. Which leads to Kendra, a witch, putting a curse on Kyle. As the beast, Kyle has 2 years to find someone to love him and love that person back in order for the spell to be broken.
With about a year left of curse, Lindy is brought into Kyle's life and after a while things start to change. Feelings start to grow and Lindy makes a confession that brightens Kyle's day. Just when Kyle thought it was all just about to end a "wrinkle" occurs and things go a little awry right up until the last minute.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I tore through it in a day and a half, usually it takes me several days to get through a book. I think this book has a pretty great moral to it's story, everyone is beautiful in their own way. I really enjoyed watching Kyle grow from a "hideous" foul-tempered, trash talking, don't give a crap about anyone but himself teen into a loving and caring young man. He has a lot of help in the form of secondary characters Will, his teacher and Magda, the maid.