Monday, July 21, 2014

Middle School Monday: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Westover teen volunteer Cassie B. shares some thoughts on a fairytale retelling that is sure to catch your eye:
Beastly By Alex Flynn

Don’t be turned off by the fact that you didn't like the movie, this fairy tale reboot will have you on the edge of you seat, recreating the magic of the story for an older audience. Kyle Kingsbury, son of renounced television anchor, has everything. Looks, popularity, the prettiest girl in school, and now, he is about to become 9th grade prince at the school dance. Everything is right in his world, except all the ugly people who keep getting in his way. Thankfully, he can get back at them for their disgrace on his eyes with nasty pranks. In a twist of events, Kendra, a witch, turns Kyle into something he can only call a beast.

 Even though you already know what will happen, Flinn manages to surprise the reader throughout Kyle’s character growth, and search for true love. The story is told through a mix of chat rooms with other cursed fairy tale creatures and Kyle’s story. I would give this book 4 out of 5 white roses, and also recommend Flinn’s other books, Bewitching, another book about the witch Kendra, and Towering, a modern telling of Rapunzel.

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