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Beastly    by Alex Flinn order for
by Alex Flinn
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Can beauty be only skin deep? Anyone who knows Kyle Kingsbury, knows this is true. Spoiled but ignored by his anchorman dad, Kyle is intolerant of anyone who isn't beautiful.

When he has the unlucky experience of asking a witch to the high school dance so he can laugh at her when he shows up with the school's most gorgeous girl, the witch decides he should look more like he behaves. She turns him into a beast, but she gives him a way out of his curse. He must find a girl to love him and he must love her in return.

Even in present day New York, a hairy beast with fangs and claws draws attention. Kyle's dad is disgusted with Kyle's appearance and after he is unable to find a doctor to fix his son, he leaves him in a house with a maid and a tutor to take care of him. How can Kyle meet anyone when he can't even leave the house? And if he did, would she run away screaming?

An interesting twist on this contemporary version of Beauty and the Beast is that the story is told from the beast's point of view. Despite the fact that everyone knows the plot, Flinn's version is well worth reading.

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