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Teen review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

We’d like to welcome Jenna to the blog. Jenna and some other great teen volunteers are blogging for CLPTeensburgh from now on. If you’re a middle or high school student interested in writing reviews for the blog, email teens@carnegielibrary.org and let us know!

My name is Jenna. I go to a high school where I’m part of the marching band and the cheerleading squad. I’m pretty busy, but I always find time to read. I’m also very creative and I like doing little crafts out of random things I find.

Book: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Review by Jenna Mihalcin

Kyle Kingsbury was a typical popular boy. He was so self-centered and didn’t really care about anyone else at all. Kyle needed a wake up call, so Kendra decided to take matters in her own hands.

Kendra is a witch that casts a spell on Kyle after he pulls yet another mean prank. She casts the spell that turns Kyle into a beast. He will stay a beast forever unless he can truly love someone and that person could truly love him back. Also, he must receive a kiss. This must also happen in 2 years time. If he doesn’t fulfill all of those requirements in two years, then he will stay a beast forever.

Kyle is devastated at first because his looks were his life. He moved to a new place and lived alone with the maid and his tutor. He found no meaning in life anymore. But then, he slowly started to change. He starts to actually care about something besides himself. For example, growing roses, reading and schoolwork, and also his tutor and maid. He completely transforms his attitude.

Then, for a heartbreaking reason, a girl named Lindy moves in with Kyle. He sees this as his chance to break the spell. Read this book to see if Lindy will ever trust Kyle and to see if Kyle ever breaks the spell!

– This book is a modern twist to Beauty and the Beast and this book will definitely be a wake-up call to any self-centered people. I seriously recommend reading this book. It was also made into a movie.

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