by Alex Flinn


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With a new Beauty and the Beast movie hitting theaters in spring 2017, it’s time to catch up on all things Beastly. Find out what it was like for the beast in Alex Flinn’s contemporary retelling of the classic tale.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061998669
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Series: Kendra Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 86,469
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beastly, a spin on Beauty and the Beast that was named a VOYA Editor’s Choice and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Beastly is now a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens. Alex also wrote A Kiss in Time, a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty; Cloaked, a humorous fairy-tale mash-up; Bewitching, a reimagining of fairy-tale favorites, including Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, and The Little Mermaid, all told by Kendra, the witch from Beastly; Towering, a darkly romantic take on Rapunzel; and Mirrored, a fresh spin on Snow White. Her other books for teens include Breathing Underwater, Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, and Diva. She lives in Miami with her family. Visit her online at

Customer Reviews

Beastly 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2811 reviews.
WRITERGIRL14 More than 1 year ago
We all know the heartwarming stary of Beauty and the Beast, but Alex Flinn has breathed new life into this down-and-dirty Beast's version of it. Taking place in the heart of New York City, it tells the story we all love in a whole new faith. One fabulous trait of this book is it follows the author's(alex Flinn's) well loved style of taking a perfectly fairytale-esk story with a chilling and violent secret that leads the characters to discover real life horrors in the most tragic and surprising manor possible.sadly, This book hasen't been followed by the best reviews, and you may be thinking after reading several other reviews that this book is simply a one-star-worthy copy of Beauty and the beast, and to say the least, you'd be excrutiatingly WRONG! Now, i can simply continue writing on and on about how wonderful this book is, but this is simply my opinion.So, i suggest above everything, to get a truly wise opinion on the book, READ IT FOR YOURSELF!!!
Iambubbaq More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Disney's version being my favorite. This book however is also a great retelling. The story is set in modern day New York, where a spoiled and handsome high schooler by the name of Kyle Kingsbury just so happens to tick of a witch. It pretty much follows the basic pattern to any tale of Beauty and the Beast so I won't get into detail of the story other then that. I just really appreciated the fresh first person perspective from the Beast's point of view. It was really great to see his emotions and thoughts throughout his transformation to a much kinder being. Also, his sarcastic comedical way of going about almost everything. When Lindy comes into the picture this plays a great role as well. Unlike most re-tellings Lindy is the most gorgeous girl and you see from his perspective all her faults and all the things he grows to love about here. I thought this worked very well. Even though this is a typical love story and re-telling of Beauty and the Beast I think any individual man or women would in joy it. Its not overly feminine and is not overly sexist either. Great read. Recommended.
MelissaHalk More than 1 year ago
Any reader who is a fan of Beauty and the Beast must read Beastly, by Alex Flinn. Beastly, is a modern day story of Beauty and the Beast. The beast is a high school boy who takes advantage all the great things he has. The character development was wonderful, the story's great symbolism is magnificent, and the principles of perfection are uplifting. Similar to the delicate scent of a faultless rose, Beastly will linger in the reader's mind long after the pages of the book have been closed. Firstly, the character development is absolutely wonderful and brings to life a world of characters that together convey a believable civilization. Kyle Kingsbury has the looks, the money and the popularity. So what is he missing? He is missing everything that matters on the inside. He was cruel to anyone who did not meet his standards and put his feelings before anyone else's. One cannot but hate Kyle at the start of the story. Even with his tragic flaw, he is still unlikeable. He is narcissistic and any reader cannot help but feel that Kyle dissevers his comeuppance of being a beast. Half way through the novel readers begin to sympathize, and wish Kyle to find a person to love him for his inner beauty which is actually transformed into a kind hearted person. Even Kendra, the witch who placed the spell on him, wishes the spell to be lifted because Kyle truly saw the error in his passed lifestyle. Secondly, the stories symbolism is simple yet complex all at once. Must, if not all the symbolism conveyed throughout the novel is relatively similar to the original tale of Beauty and the Beast. The symbol of the white rose is not just the purity of life, but the precious meaning of it and how no matter what the price is it is still meaningful to a particular person or persons. The night Kyle is transformed he tries to kill himself. He mutilates his arm with intensions to die, but the second he turns away he is magical heeled with not a single scratch on him. This symbolism builds to the idea that one cannot kill their inner identity. In order to change back he must change from within first. Thirdly, Alex Flinn makes the reader question his or her views of perfection. When Kyle first meets Lindy he describes her as ugly with crooked teeth and assumes that she is socially awkward. Later on Lindy is Kyle's true love. It seems almost perfect, she is beautiful on the inside and Kyle follows in love with her for her personality. Lindy's red hair and freckles have Kyle question his own standers of beautiful perfection. Kyle names a rose brush after her and her awkward perfection. The tension of Kyle's unrequited love is taunting and then as the reader believes Lindy is beginning to love him in return Kyle has to let her go. He cannot bare the feeling of keeping her as a prisoner; he wants her to willingly stay. The feeling in the pit of every reader's stomach is grief. But perfection is found once again, love is found, and perfect happiness is reached. Like a perfect rose, Beastly lingers in the mind of reader's long after the pages of the book have been closed. The main character is believable and well developed. It was a pleasure to watch him dig deep inside himself to find love and hope in a girl who had always existed far below his radar. The symbolism is deeply insightful. The ideals of the boundaries of perfection are tested at great lengths. The book is well worth the read and will keep the reader turning pages compulsively until the story has en
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i got this book from the library, i read it and LOVED IT!!! So i found it at a store and bought it. my friends say its stupid because you could get it at the library but i told them i would read over and over again because its AWSOME!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, im not kidding. If u dont belive me read the book for yourself. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really into the whole fairytale thing right now, and this was reccommended by a friend. She said it was pretty good but not her style. I read the first couple of pages, and I was hooked. I found myself wrapped up in the story of the Beast. You really saw how much he changed after he became a beast. He used to be caught up on appearances, but in the end, he really becomes deeper. He's nicer and cares less about appearances and more about others. I thought the chat room sections were entertaing if a bit too...out of place. It was a pretty good transition, though. I would reccommend this book to any and all fantasy lovers.
Angieville More than 1 year ago
I read this in one big gulp the day it showed up on my doorstep. I've flirted with the thought of reading an Alex Flinn book for awhile now and just never got around to it. BEASTLY was the perfect point of entry. Loved the title, loved the cover, loved the back jacket excerpt. Set in contemporary NYC, this version is told from the Beast's perspective as he recounts the tale of how a scorned gothgirl witch changed him into a beast and his subsequent efforts to regain his human form (and perhaps a little actual humanity while he's at it). What I loved about this book was the way Flinn absolutely threw her story (and her characters) into the modern world of teenagedom. If a 16-year-old former cock of the walk high school student suddenly found himself a big beastie, he'd, well, once he got over the social mortification of it all, he'd totally find himself a chat room for transformation survivors where he could take advantage of his anonymity and make snarky remarks. And that's exactly what Kyle does.

The book opens with a transcript from one of these chats, and they are interspersed throughout the rest of the narrative. They are the most hilarious parts of the book. BeastNYC, SilentGirl, Froggie, and GrizzlyGuy talk about their struggles as three transformed beings (and one wannabe). The discussion is moderated by the mysterious Mr. Anderson and as the familiar fairy tale characters took shape I couldn't stop myself laughing out loud. This B&B story hits everything right and the changes Ms. Flinn made enhanced her grittier version of the tale. For instance, Flinn's Beast is more akin to a dark superhero. Batman prowling the streets of Gotham City at night. He even takes a new name--Adrian--symbolizing his complete reversal in fortune, bleak new outlook on life, and ultimate rejection of the boy he used to be. In addition, the reader gets to catch the whole transformation thing as it happens. In most versions, we come to it way after the fact. Often the Beast has been languishing under his curse for hundreds of years when we come upon him. In this case, Kyle/Adrian has just two years to find true love and break the spell. I liked that we got in on how he coped with it all, as opposed to getting it in retrospect. This is also the first version I've read where Beauty's family didn't want her. Where, by all accounts, she's had a rougher life than he has. It makes it that much sweeter when these two people who have suffered much find not only love, but a way out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day, and it was a pleasure. The plot was derived from the age old tale "Beauty and the Beast", one of my favorites, and the story was told from the "beast's" point of view. I loved the way he grew throughout the story, and also discovered so much about himself, such as the fact that he loves reading. At some points, the story went to fast, leaving you thinking, "Where did that come from?", but in the end, it all comes together nicely. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the ending left somewhat of a cliffhanger, and that you don't figure out exactly what happens to all the people in the transformation chat room... haha.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably one of the best books i have ever read. A spin off the classic tale we all know as Beauty and the Beast. I got hooked on the first chapter and could not stop reading. I fell in love with charecters and the budding romance between Lindy and Kyle or Adrian. It made me believe that people so nasty can turn into beautiful changed people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe you did see the movie but this book issomething that couldn't possibly be duplicated. Its a captovating story of Kyle Kingsbury as his life bexomes utterly beastly. The love in this story will keep you awake and dreaming the adventures will have you up late into the night and the all around craftsmenshipwill pull you in. This is a wonderfulbook for all readers. Youwill be encompassed in the claws of Kyle as he becomes on the outide what he IS on the inside. And this is tragically BEASTLY.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a nice fast read that is good for any project.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly love the fact that Alex Finn goes for inner beauty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great modern twist on the story we know so well. I saw the movie first. I thought it was cute. The book f course is so much better and has a much deeper meaning and u really get a feel of the characters. I plan on reading many more by the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was sooooo good and Kyle sounds hot!.....If your a romantic like me get the book!...Its not a waste of your money!...Also like my review! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the movie! I wanna read this book because I know it will be amazing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Itz defenetly a good book i like it becase it shows how that girl falls in love with kyle eventhough he is verry ugly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOMENESS!!!"!!!!! Personaly liked the movie better mire realistic and relatable but if ur a romantic ull love it too. Ive read it in lik a day multiple. Its veery symbolic and sweet u really see him grow and lindy too. I defintly recomend it andthe movie
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Beastly is definetly the modern day remake of Beauty and the Beast. Alex Flinn created a highly entertaining story following the exact storyline of the well known fairy tale. Alex is a young man that has been raised by wealth; money, beauty, and popularity are high priorities in which to measure ones life. Until the day Alex decides to play a cruel joke on a supposed class mate, but soon finds she is more than she appears and his future now lies in her hands. What will he do when his physical appearance matches his personality, and can someone change? I questioned the storyline with it predictably, but found about half way through the that Flinn created an amazing story with the sample basic principles. This book is definetly well worth the read. Now I can anticpate watching the movie.
renloverforever More than 1 year ago
Beastly is a great book about see past the appearance, background, or wealth you have to see the beauty in people. I devoured this book in one sitting and I just loved how this book was made in our century not like olden times:} Beastly did really move me as a person and I tried really hard to apply this deep moral lesson in my every day life. The readers for this book are the one that love to read romance of course and of Beauty and the Beast[ I LOVE THAT MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!] It made me cry.
Lady410 More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan and this was a great new spin on the whole story from a modern and fresh point of view. I would suggest this to anyone who is looking for something new to read.
Christina Tran More than 1 year ago
it a mordern day of beauty and the beast. love the plot in ny. i finish this book a day and a half. i could not stop reading it. now i can't wait to see the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! it has a great twist on the fairy-tale of Beauty and the Beast. If you love the fairy-tale you will love the book :] it was page turner wanting to know if the main character would love in love or not.. find the right girl. the book is a great book to just read for fun and i can't wait to share it with my friends. it is an easy read as well.
Amanda-J More than 1 year ago
An updated telling of Beauty and the Beast with enough nods to contemporary culture to make it fresh. An online chat group for creatures transformed by magic provides this modern twist along with comic relief, in what otherwise is a fairy tale about seeing beyond mere appearances and choosing love.
KaylaNicole_MusicLover More than 1 year ago
This book is so cute and sweet. It has a nice spin on the whole story of Beauty and the Beast. It is a great read for girls. Check it out before the movie comes out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was well thought out and the book did keep me turning the pages. But I do wish the writing style was more intricate and beautiful. I may just be a bit snobbish from rereading the Eragon books with their extravagant words and sentances, but non the less good story line.