The modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast taking place in New York City by Alex Finn, Beastly. No fairy tale. No kid with a skin disease. Just a boy that was cursed by a witch. Well, that’s the story according to Kyle Kingsbury. Kyle Kingsbury, the guy who has it all. Money, charming looks, popularity, the hottest girlfriend in school, the most famous anchorman in New York City and a perfect life overall. But he’s a lot of other things too; selfish, rude, stereotypical, egotistic. No one complains, until one day like any others, a peculiar girl named Kendra, oddly no one but him found unfamiliar and strange. Kendra does something that no one has done before, she calls Kyle out in front of the entire class for what he really is, a egotistical boy in high school that doesn’t know the true meaning of beauty. Struck by Kendra’s words, thoughts flew in and out his head but there was one that stuck with him throughout the entire day, witch. But seriously, a witch, in New York City? That’s impossible.
What could be better than getting revenge on Kendra in front of the entire school at the school dance. He asks Kendra out to the school dance, and tells her that all she has to do is simply dress up and come to the dance and that tickets will be taken care of courtesy of Kyle. But the night of the dance, Kendra arrives only to be laughed in her face by Kyle. Oddly enough, Kendra is neither dejected nor furious with Kyle. It was as if she saw it coming. Even so, she left Kyle with one phrase that repeated in his head again and again, “You’ll see.” Later that night, he comes across Kendra yet again except she looks different. Magical actually. She casts a spell on him. One that will make him look on the outside, the way he looks on the inside, and the only way to break the curse is to get a kiss from someone that not only he loves but someone who loves him back. He is supposedly given this small token of kindness for the one and only act of genorosity he performed that day when giving a rose that was not in need to him anymore to a girl. A girl that accordinig to him was a nobody. Lindy. He immediately realizes that he has been turned into a beast. Not a gorilla or a bear. A horrible, disgusting, ugly creature. A beast!
After trying many doctors and “witches” to try and cure himself, his father, not wanting to lose his reputation seen with his son as a beast, sent Kyle to a secluded house in Brooklyn. There, he is left with his maid, Magda, his blind tutor, Will and a magical mirror as a gift from Kendra. During the time Kyle is at home, he takes quite an interest in watching Lindy through the mirror. So is it a coincidence when Kyle finds Lindy’s father intruding their house to steal money. In exchange to being let go, he offers Kyle his only daughter, Lindy. Kyle sees his chance to get someone to love him. At last Lindy comes and of course she loathes her jail keeper. But soon enough, they both start warming up to each other and start having fun, Lindy being Kyle’s only friend. But when Lindy sees her father yet again in danger, will she leave Kyle? If so, will the strong still growing bond between the two survive over the next few months? Will Lindy be the girl to cure Kyle?
This book is a complete replica of the original fairy tale. No twists and turns to the plots, entirely like the beauty and the beast fairy tale. This book was something that kept my eyes glued on the pages the entire time too. I didn’t put this book down since I started reading until I got hungry and had to stop to eat. While reading this book you can completely imagine the scene and characters in your head. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a not too romantic, but realistic storyline. Go now to your nearest library and get Beastly, it’s something you won’t regret.