Flinn, A. (2007). Beastly. New York: Scholastic, Inc.
Age Level: 12+
Beastly is a contemporary and original retelling of Beauty and the Beast told from the beast's (first person) point of view.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever — ruined — unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly… beastly.
Kyle is the most popular guy at school. He’s also the cruelest and most self-absorbed. When his “beastly” behavior goes a step too far, a goth classmate—who is actually a witch—literally turns him into what he is at heart —a beast.
Now, in order to return to his handsome self, Kyle must find someone who can see past his horrific appearance and find the good hidden deep inside him. But, the spell can only be broken if Kyle loves that person in return. Can he find true love in just two years, or will he remain a beast forever? Read Beastly by Alex Flinn to find out.