Parents' Guide to

Beastly

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Contemporary Beauty-Beast tale curses shallow rich kid.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

Amazing book

This book is a modern day Beauty and the Beast. I hated the movie but this book was amazing. It is so detailed. It also made me feel better about myself because I am a bit of a reclusive person. There is so much details in the book. It is like an own world to get lost in.
age 13+

Lousy, Boring, and Poorly Written

This book was terrible. The characters were too light and ditsy, and there was no depth to anything. I found it very hard to finish. Some people weren't meant to be authors.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (39 ):

There are no surprises for readers familar wth the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast," but teens will enjoy the setting and some of the characterizations. The central theme is still transformation and the beast has the same motivations for finding love. Both the main characters (the beauty and the beast) have basically been abandoned emotionally if not physically by their parents, and they attended the same school, so they start off with some common ground.

The use of the chat room sessions for "transformation survivors" adds some entertainment value to a well known story (participants include a mermaid, a frog, and other beasts). Kyle is so mean that it is hard to like him even after he finds true love and the understanding that pretty is as pretty does.

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