Beastly by http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/79589.Alex_Flinn”>Alex Flinn
My rating: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/119067027″>3 of 5 stars
I love the concept of traditional fairy tales told with an updated twist. It’s not a new concept, but it can be a good one.
Beastly, by Alex Flinn, sucked me in. I wasn’t expecting to like it, especially when the first couple of chapters hint at ninth graders acting promiscuously. If you can’t drive a car, you shouldn’t even think about hooking up (and you know exactly what I mean by that). I don’t pretend to understand the author, but I’m guessing Flinn used those scenes to show what a jack@#$ the main character, Kyle, really was.
Flinn had a very distinctive voice, and nailed a fifteen-to-seventeen-year-old’s attitude and dialect. And I lalso liked that the love interest, Lindy, was a “normal” looking girl. It’s nice to read a novel where people actually have physical flaws. Perhaps Beastly should be required reading for teenage boys…not that they’d actually learn anything.
The biggest detriment of the novel were the “chat room” scenes, way overdone.
Beastly was a quick read, good for an afternoon at the beach.
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