By Alex Flinn
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
Has anyone ever wondered what it would be like to have freedom taken away? In the novel Beastly by Alex Flinn the beast went from having anything and everything to having nothing and no one at all. He is this way because of a witch and her spell to show him what it is like to be different. The novel portrays witch craft and the fantasy that beasts are real. The three things I found most enjoyable about the book is the characters, the setting, and the overall book.
The first element I enjoyed most about the novel is the characters. Alex Flinn described the characters in a way where if I hear the name Lindy I automatically think of a “sort of mousey looking girl with a red braid and freckles”. The protagonist was the beast. He had hair all over him and had to find true love to be turned back to a human. At the end of the book the characters I thought I knew turned out to be a totally different person.
The second thing I enjoyed about the book was the setting. The main setting changed in the book at least four times. In the beginning of the book when Kyle Kingsbury “beast” was still human he lived in a swanky Manhattan apartment. Once the became the beast his father moved him to an old five-story house in Brooklyn. This is where he met Lindy the girl he wanted to fall in love with. He wanted to impress Lindy so they moved for the winter so the book took place on top of a mountain at a snow resort. After Lindy leaves Kyle returns back to Brooklyn and this is where the book ends.
The last thing I enjoyed was the overall book. I thought the book had a lot of meaning. It shows you that if you choose to act arrogant and like people don’t matter if they don’t have money things will come back at you. Everyone should be treated equal. The book is a fantasy fairytale type book with a happy ending, not everyone gets a happy ending though. I enjoyed this book because Kyle almost didn’t get his happy ending.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed this book. I think the three things I enjoyed most was the character, the setting, and the overall book. This book shows the readers that money and good looks shouldn’t make people different. You never know what is going on in a person’s life so don’t be to quick to judge. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy books.