Author: Alex Flin
Publisher: HarperTeen 2007
Genre: YA Fairy Tales
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Telling Tales; Book2Movie; Read Your Name – F
How I Got It: Library Loan
I am a beast. A beast! Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. 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.
If I was 15, I would have loved this book. As I am 30, I liked it. Overall a cute read, but nothing I will gush over. I liked Lindy, Will, Magda, and Kendra. All were great characters. Kyle/Adrian was so-so. I get that he was supposed to be the villain in the beginning and find redemption in the end, but I never found him charming, at any point in the book. This maybe my 30-year-old self not being attracted to 15-year-old boys. But I also think part of it lies with his personality. The change seemed rather abrupt and disgenuine. I just didn’t believe him. Oh and the chat room transcripts… seemed really hooky and silly.