Author: Alex Flynn
Pub: Harper Teen; 2007
Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling
Yes, yes, I will admit to you all...I only read this book because the movie looks SO GOOD. And part of me feels guilty if there is a book out there in the world waiting to be read competing with a 2 hour film. Especially if the book is a young adult and one that I could probably read in a couple of hours.
Beastly, although read in a wee bit more than a couple of hours, was a fun light-hearted book that kept me entertained whilst working out.
It is the same telling of Beauty and the Beast with a few differences. It's very contemporary and my favorite aspect were the chatroom discussions. The Beast finds himself in a transformation chat room with other fairy tale characters ranting about their unfortunate condition. Love, love, LOVED this. I think it's something that the kids can totally relate to.
Overall this was a fun read. I think that my kids will adore it as soon as I place it on my shelves in my classroom. Especially because I know a lot of them aren't very familiar with Beauty and the Beast. (I wonder if that's a cultural thing?)
Secretively, I'm sorta thinking that this one might be better in the film version. But, shhhh...you didn't hear that from me!