Kyle Kingsbury has everything anyone would like to have. He is handsome, popular, rich and has tons of friends. Well, at least he thinks he does. When he makes a prank on a girl from his school, everything changes. She’s just a freak chick, he thinks, with her weird looks and green hair, and she steps on his way, so he better do something about her. Her name is Kendra and he invites her to the school prom–but he has no intention to take her, of course. It seems Kendra is truly convinced she’s going to the prom with Kyle–and when he shows up with Sloane Hagen, one of the hottest and most popular girls of the school, Kendra is pissed.
But things are about to change. It happens that Kendra is a witch–and she casts a spell on Kyle. Now he’s a beast–with fangs and claws and hair everywhere–, and he has 2 years to find a girl who’s going to truly love him for what he is–and not for what he looks like–, or he’s going to stay as a beast forever. At first, Kyle thinks that’s a big joke–a big bad joke. But when his father–a popular network anchor–takes him to tons of doctors and none of them are capable to figure out what’s going on with him, he starts to believe Kendra was serious about the whole finding true love thing. The problem is: how is he suppose to meet someone and fall in love with the girl–and, well, make her fall in love with him–, when he can barely look at himself on the mirror? He starts to look for girls on dating websites, but it doesn’t seem to work out.
When his dad locks him away, in a big house on Brooklyn with just their maid, so nobody’s ever going to see what Kyle’s became, he starts to believe he’s never going to break the spell. He gets a tutor, Will, a blind guy who is passionate about roses. Kyle falls in love with the roses too, and starts to grow them. He even builds a greenhouse, so he’ll be able to have roses all year. Magda–the maid–and Will become the only family Kyle has–and once he isn’t the same boy anymore, he asks them to start calling him by Adrian.
When a guy breaks into his greenhouse and proposes to bring his own daughter to Adrian, in exchange of no charges and no harm, Adrian doesn’t think twice. He starts to prepare the house to receive Linda, in hopes that she’ll be that girl. The clock is ticking, Adrian is running out of time…
This is a modern-day re-telling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast and I think the author did a superb job. If you know the story you know the outcome but placing it in present day with the trials and tribulations of teenagers gives it a life of its own.
A movie, based on the book ,comes out March 4th and is on my “to see” list. Seeing the trailer I can tell they(Hollywood) have made some big changes. Kyle isn’t a fury beast with claws and fangs but a boy with a bald head and what looks like some pretty serious tattoos. I hope the movie sticks pretty close to the book because it’s a real winner.
If you’re a sucker for a sappy romantic love story, like me, I know you won’t be sorry if you read this one.
***** (Five Stars)