Beastly (Kendra Chronicles #1)

Beastly (Kendra Chronicles #1)

by Alex Flinn

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ISBN-13: 9780061963285
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/08/2011
Series: Kendra Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: Movie Tie-in Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,291,647
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and is also the author of a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast titled Beastly, which was named a VOYA Editor's Choice for 2007, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age for 2008, and a 2008 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Her other books include Breathing Underwater, an ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults, Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, and Diva. She lives in Miami with her husband, two kids, a cat, and a dog.

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Beastly EPB

Chapter One

I could feel everyone looking at me, but I was used to it. One thing my dad taught me early and often was to act like nothing moved me. When you're special, like we were, people were bound to notice.

It was the last month before the end of ninth grade. The substitute teacher was giving out ballots for spring dance court, something I'd normally have thought was lame.

"Hey, Kyle, your name's on this." My friend Trey Parker flicked my arm.

"No duh." When I turned Trey's way, the girl next to him...Anna, or maybe Hannah...looked down. Huh. She'd been staring at me.

I examined the ballot. Not only was my name, Kyle Kingsbury, there for ninth-grade prince, but I was the sure winner. No one could compete with my looks and my dad's cash.

The sub was a new one who might still have been under the mistaken impression that because Tuttle was the type of school that had a salad bar in the cafeteria and offered courses in Mandarin Chinese...i.e., a school where the serious money people in New York sent their kids...we weren't going to bust on him like public school dregs. Big mistake. It wasn't like anything the sub said was going to be on an exam, so we were trying to figure out how to make reading the ballot and scratching in our choices take the entire fifty-minute period. At least most of us were. The rest were texting each other. I watched the ones who were filling out their ballots glancing over at me. I smiled. Someone else might have looked down, trying to act all shy and modest, like they were ashamed of having their name there...but it doesn't make sense to deny the obvious.

"My name's there too." Trey flicked my arm again.

"Hey, watch it!" I rubbed my arm.

"Watch it yourself. You've got this stupid grin on your face like you already won, and now you're giving the paparazzi a chance to snap your picture."

"And that's wrong?" I grinned wider, to bug him, and gave a little wave like people in parades. Someone's camera phone snapped at just that moment, like an exclamation point.

"You shouldn't be allowed to live," Trey said.

"Why, thank you." I thought about voting for Trey, just to be nice. Trey was good for comic relief, but not too gifted in the looks department. His family was nobody special either...his dad was a doctor or something. They might post the vote totals in the school newspaper, and it'd be pretty embarrassing for Trey if he came in last or even didn't get any votes at all.

On the other hand, it would be cool if I got two or three times the votes of the next-closest person. And besides, Trey worshipped me. A real friend would want me to win big. That's another thing my dad always said: "Don't be a sucker, Kyle, and do things out of friendship or love. Because what you always end up finding out is the only one who really loves you is you."

I was seven or eight when he first said that, and I asked, "What about you, Dad?"


"You love . . ." Me. "Us. Your family."

He gave me a long look before saying, "That's different, Kyle."

I never asked him again if he loved me. I knew he'd told the truth the first time.

I folded my ballot over, to keep Trey from seeing I'd voted for myself. Of course, I knew he voted for himself too, but that was different.

That's when a voice came from the back of the room.

"This is disgusting!"

We all turned.

"Maybe someone left a booger under her desk," Trey whispered.

"Was it you?" I said.

"I don't do that anymore."

"Disgusting," the voice repeated. I stopped talking to Trey and looked at where the voice was coming from, this Goth freak sitting in back. She was a fat chick, dressed in the kind of flowing black clothes you usually only see on witches or terrorists (we don't have uniforms at Tuttle; it would piss off the parents not to be able to buy Dolce & Gabbana), and her hair was green. Obviously a cry for help. Weird thing was, I'd never noticed her before. Most people here I'd known my whole life.

The sub was too stupid to ignore her. "What's disgusting, Miss . . . Miss . . ."

"Hilferty," she said. "Kendra Hilferty."

"Kendra, is there something wrong with your desk?"

"There is something wrong with this world." She stood like she was making a speech. "Something very wrong when it's the twenty-first century and this type of elitist travesty is still being perpetuated." She held up her ballot. People giggled.

"It's a ninth-grade dance ballot," Trey volunteered. "To choose the royalty."

"Exactly," the girl said. "Who are these people? Why should they be treated as royalty? Based upon . . . what? The people on this ballot were chosen on one basis and one basis only...physical beauty."

"Sounds like a good basis to me," I said to Trey, not too softly. I stood. "That's BS. Everyone voted, and this is who they chose. It's a democratic process."

Around me there were some thumbs-ups, some Yeah, mans, particularly from Anna or Hannah. But I noticed that a lot of people, mostly the ugly people, were silent.

The girl took a few steps toward me. "They're sheep, following the herd. They vote for the so-called popular people because it's simple. Surface beauty: blond hair, blue eyes"...she was looking at me..."is always easy to recognize. But if someone is braver, stronger, smarter, that's harder to see."

She pissed me off, so I jumped on her. "If someone's so smart, they'd figure out how to get better-looking. You could lose weight, get plastic surgery, even get your face scraped and your teeth bleached." I emphasized the you in the sentence, so she'd know I meant her and not just some general sort of you. "My dad's a network news guy. He says people shouldn't have to look at ugly people."

Beastly EPB. Copyright © by Alex Flinn. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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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
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
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
Alex Flinn's novel, Beastly, is equivalent to a present time Beauty and the Beast. A popular, rich, and good-looking teenage boy's world is turned upside down after being cursed with a spell that makes him ugly, or beastly. To break this spell, he must find a girl to love him that will see past his ugliness and love him for his personality. In my opinion, the author succeeded in using this plot to teach the reader a lesson because the reader understands the characters' feelings and views. In this novel, the characters and settings are described very well. The setting of a high school works in advantage towards the moral of the story, due to the fact that the majority of people who judge others based on looks are teenagers and young adults. Overall, I found this novel to be inspiring and poignant and I would recommend it to anyone of all ages, especially teenagers.
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
Collier-B More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. If you love the story Beauty and the Beast, then you'll love this book. Instead of the beauty and the beast, it's a more modern beauty and the beast. It's in present day New York where the main character the beautiful Kyle Kingsbury takes advantage of what he has. After he takes advantage a Witch casts a spell on him and he turns into a beast. He has 2 years to find true love and kiss her or he stays this way FOREVER. Does he find true love? Does he kiss her? Read the book to find out.
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.
concerned_fatherJJ More than 1 year ago
I admit I have not read the entire book. I only read chapter 7 in it's entirety when my daughter asked me what I thought about it. It contains suggestive sexual content that is inappropriate for teenagers. Other areas of the book show examples of bullying, looking at naked girls, swearing, demeaning overwieght girls, etc... I cannot see why so many people think this is a good book. Unfortunately, it was the most popular book at the middle school book fair. Parents - be aware of what your teenagers are reading.
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.