Beastly is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in the modern world. Kyle is popular, handsome, and most of all…a jerk. He is the son of a famous newscaster. He meets a girl named Kendra, and agrees to take her to the school dance. But it turns out that he is just a creep who takes another girl and leaves her at the door. Unfortunately for him, Kendra is a witch and he has just gotten on her bad side.
So next thing you know, he is a hairy man-beast. His own father is too embarrassed to be near him and buys him a townhouse where he lives with his tutor and housekeeper. He spends all of his time moping and pruning roses until he has the opportunity to have a girl move in, and possibly break the spell.
This retelling follows the original story pretty closely. I thought it was a good interpretation, but I wasn’t completely blown away. Structurally, it was written well and every idea that was introduced was used at some point during the novel.
I think the main thing that bothered me about this book was the cover. The version I read had the movie cover (like the one I posted). I am not a huge fan of movie covers, and this is one of the reasons why. Looking at this cover, I expected a non-hairy, tattooed beast to fall in love with a dark haired, pretty girl….not the case in the novel. The beast is very hairy and animal-like in the novel, and his “Belle” is a red-haired book nerd. Not exactly what the cover portrays. But that is more of an issue with the cover, not the actual book itself. Anyway, I’m done ranting about movie book covers.