by Alex Flinn
Published by HarperTeen on February 29, 2000
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Barnes & Noble
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.
This book is a modern day Beauty and the Beast. But, it is told completely from the Beast’s side of the story this time. I found myself having very different emotions while reading this book. The main character, Kyle, is a total jerk when he is human. He believes that everything you do in life is dependent on your looks. Basically: pretty=success, ugly=failure. After playing a cruel trick on a girl at school, Kyle finds himself in the position he had always feared: an ugly beast that everyone looks down upon. Throughout the many events that happen in the book, there are many lessons to learn. Of course the main lesson is “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” It’s a very good book and I couldn’t put it down till I finished it! You should read it!
Still, it might be nice to have a cat.”