Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Book Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (October 2, 2007)
Buy the book:  Amazon
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.

Beastly was a cute book, not the best book I've read this year by far. It had it's romantic moments, lots and lots of shallow moments, unnecessary sexual content moments and fairy tale moments. I read this book in two days and enjoyed it.

I didn't enjoy the beginning when Kyle was being a complete jerk. The characters were so beyond shallow it was nauseating. If I wasn't familiar with the fairy tale, I would have sat the book down after the first five pages. But hey, there is a reason he was turned into a beast right? I enjoyed the characters Will (his tutor) and Magda (his maid), they really rounded the storyline out. Will was a great side-kick to Kyle and Magda had so much love and patience for Kyle, that it made it heartwarming to read. It was sad to read about Kyle's relationship with his father, but it added another dimension to the storyline.

When Kyle meets Lindy, it was fun reading about how he fixed up her room with paint, bookshelves, tons of books, vases of roses and tons of other special things. I liked the progression of their relationship. And, I loved how you could hear Kyle thoughts, and it would let you know how much he loved her. The author did a good job with the ending also, *hint... They all lived happily ever after.

I would say read this book, it's a very quick read, and like I said >> cute!

             Beastly in theaters March 2011

  • Profanity - moderate
  • Violence - mild
  • Sexual Content - heavy
  • Other - mild

*For full content of Beastly GO to Parental Book Reviews.


  1. I've been thinking of reading this one 'cause I like the looks of the movie trailer, but I'm not really a fan of books with heavy sexual content. Think I'll pass.

  2. I read this A LOOOONG ago, maybe that's why I don't remember the sexual content,

    but I do remember that I didn't like it that much, I just read it because I reeeeally like 'A kiss in time', another Alex Flin book, but this one wasn't as good.

    The movie looks fairly awesome, though

  3. Is this going to be one of the few times a movie is better then the book??

  4. I loved the book! I thought it was a lovely re-telling.
    I don't normally like adaptations, and this one has Vanessa Hudgens in it so it looks like it isn't going to do the book any justice, but I DO like his ugliness in the movie. I haven't watched it but I like how they have modernised the beastliness, taking away the fur and giving him this tattooed, scarred broken skin instead :D

  5. May I say I just want to read this book cause Alex Pettyfer is playing the role on the big screen!?!? Awwwww Alexxxxxxx I LOVE YOU!!!!
    *I'm such a dork!*

  6. @Vampires and Tofu I doubt you will find the sexual content that heavy as an adult. I'm always screening these YA books for the age group they where intended for. (Pre-screening them for MY teens) Click on the Parental Book Reviews link and click sexual on the Beastly review and tell me what you think.

    P.S. If you have some CLEAN READS you would like to share with us, email them to me and I will add them to our *clean reads page :)

    *Little to no sexual, profanity and gratuitous violence and drugs. War violence or good vs. evil is OK.

  7. @melannie skoob The above comment to Vampire and Tofu is regarding you as well. Just too lazy to type it again. Haha.

  8. The movie looks good, so if you say the book is cute too I'll give it a go :0)

  9. To be fair it isn't actually as bad as I thought it would be.
    You know like Twilight? Boring main character and bad grammatical mistakes?
    Well it wasn't :D
    I enjoyed it and it was a quick read too and I needed that.
    I was challenging myself to LONG books such as interview with the vampire,
    got bore of that xD
    But this one is sorta..Moving xD
    it gives out good messages too.
    Doesnt matter what you look like.
    Just be yourself :]

  10. this is my favorit book cence the twilight sereys i cant wate to see the movie

  11. I read this book for school and i thought it was amazing!! I never saw the movie but im planning on watching it veary soon :) the preview looks so good plus I love both of the actors for the main characters . This book shows that if someone only likes you for you looks, like the ugly skank sloan, Youll never grow to truly love someone for who they realy are :) words from the heart ! BTW i think that this paragraph was pretty rockin awsome for a 12 year old . You guys are awsome if you like this book as much as i do :) luv ya bye

  12. This book was fantastic. It raises emotions like the Twilight Series. It has sort of a corny ending, but the ending fit nicely with the whole story. If you don't like "feel good" movies, you may not like this book. However, I hate "feel good" movies and read this in one sitting. I found it a mix between "Mean Girls" and "Into the Woods".


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