This modern Beauty and the Beast tale begins in a chatroom for those who have experienced unexpected changes - people like the Little Mermaid and the Frog Prince. The Beast, Kyle Kingsbury, is a ninth grader who has a pretty easy life - his father is wealthy and he is the king of a popular group of friends. But Kendra, a strange girl in his English class sees what he really is...and then makes Kyle see it for himself. When Kyle is transformed into a Beast he is given two years to earn love and a kiss. But finding a girl in New York when you look like Kyle does is a little tricky. Maybe impossible.
Alex Flinn's new version of one of my very favorite fairy tales does not disappoint. She has Kyle's teen selfishness and attitude captured perfectly and his relationship with Lindy, the girl forced to keep his company because of her father's greed, is wonderfully romantic.