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  • Hardcover
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3833938447
  • ISBN-13: 978-3833938443
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Flinn was born in Syosset, New York. She learned to read at three and wanted to be a writer at five. She received her first rejection letter (from Highlights magazine) at eight. At twelve, her family moved to Miami, Florida, where she had a really hard time making friends, due to congenital shyness and a really bad haircut. So she read a lot and tried to write a novel but never finished because she had no idea what to write about.

Flinn attended a performing arts high school program, similar to that portrayed in her book, Diva, then majored in vocal performance in college. Panicked upon realizing that there weren't a whole lot of jobs for opera singers, Flinn went to law school.

Law school was, it turns out a really good place to learn to write for teenagers. Writing for teens and writing for judges are very similar because both judges and teens have a lot of demands on their time and minimal time for reading. Also, Flinn interned at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, trying many domestic violence cases, which were later the inspiration for her first novel, Breathing Underwater.

Breathing Underwater was published in 2001. It received many honors, including being chosen a Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. It was followed by Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, Diva, and Beastly. Beastly is soon to be released as a motion picture. Her newest book is A Kiss in Time, a modern Sleeping Beauty.

Flinn still lives in Miami with her husband, two daughters, a dog, cat, and African Spur-Thighed Tortoise. She enjoys performing arts, biking, and travel.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beastly January 30, 2011
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet July 25, 2011
First of all : do not go see the movie or, at least, not until you already read the book. I saw it a week ago, was excited about it for months and was so crushed and disappointed... It's hollow and even ridiculous at times... Definitively, wasn't worth being up so early -_-

I read the book a few months ago and instantly liked it. I borrowed it in french from my work (as I do not usually spend 16 on a book I didn't read or I'm not sure of) and bought it in English the day I finished it!

It's a modern twist of the Beauty and the Beast Fairy tale. My all-time favorite one. I tend to read whatever version of it I can put my hands on ;-)

What I really liked from the very start of the book is that it is centered around the Beast's half of the curse. Indeed, people tend to forget that it's a two-way spell : Beast has to find a girl that would love him as such BUT he has to become able to love (which was why he got cursed in the first place). So, we follow Kyle's step as a silly jerk and how he actually became a human with a sensitive soul.

This book has more depth than most YA novels and is by far my favorite of this author (I quite dislike her other works 'cause she relies way too much on the "trio tricks").

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tale as old as time January 15, 2011
By Marlina
As the song in the Disney version says "Tale as old as time", except its a little different, this book was completely unexpected and completely enjoyable. I am not a teenager, but I thought that book's underlying notion that its what is on the inside that truly counts in perfectly pitched. This book manages to get that point across without being too preachy and yet is a really great time. You find yourself caring about these characters and knowing that you are being told a story that is familiar but vastly and beautifully retold. There are touches on another classic tale, Jane Eyre which are woven into this great tapestry of a novel and I have to say that its a mark of greatness that I read this one in only two days. Beastly is a book that I am glad that I stumbled on and I would highly suggest reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aptly Titled! May 14, 2012
By M. Lee
As a mother who screens everything her 13-year-old daughter reads, I picked up "Beastly" by Alex Flinn because said daughter wanted to watch the movie after she had read some reviews. I did not like the book - but not to the point I thought it was objectionable so she should not read it from the conservative, protective parent point of view. Since it's a family rule that if said daughter wanted to watch a movie, she had to read the book first, if there was one, I decided to let her read it for herself.

Evident are, from said daughter's review, the mixed feelings and confusion that arose when reading "Beastly" - and it's this relative morality that's so present in Young Adult writing I have problems with. Granted, the original Beauty and the Beast fairytale *was* creepy - but it doesn't pretend to be any more than just a fairytale. I thought the self-justification on the parts of the main characters in "Beastly" slightly disconcerting, and I am not comfortable that the author has designed a series of "discussion questions" based on the book she wrote herself. A bit hoity-toity, I think. I'm not sure the book is deserving of so much time. The four stars awarded for this review are said daughter's. I would have been quite happy with two. Interestingly enough, neither of us felt like watching the movie after reading the book! Said daughter's review follows:

"The book `Beastly' by Alex Flinn was a magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

"High-schooler Kyle Kingsbury has the perfect life you have always dreamed about. He's got looks, money and a hot girlfriend. But then one day he makes fun of a creepy witch girl called Kendra who embarrasses him. To get revenge, Kyle plans to ask his real girlfriend Sloane Hadgen *and* Kendra to the school dance, then ditch Kendra.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Book is much better then the movie!
I saw the movie 1st and hated I could not even watch it all it was so bad BUT the book I loved it was so much better I'm glad I gave the book a chance
Published 13 months ago by stormer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
It is a modern day romance. Even though I'm in college now, I still thought it was great to see it from the Beast's perspective. I will be reading this again on my nook.
Published 18 months ago by Yay! It's Linda!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic modern spin on a fairy tale!
I've been wanting to read this ever since I heard that a movie based on this book is going to be released soon. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kayla
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read!
I really enjoyed this version of Beauty and the Beast! I think Alex Flinn did an incredible job with her character development. Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by An Open Book
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story.
I don't really know what to say about this one other than, it was cute! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie so I loved listening to this book. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by M. Herbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget the movie! The book is so much better
Alright folks! I hated the movie trailer. Stupid was one of the main reasons. The cute guy becomes ugly and finally realizes there's more to life than looks. Ah. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by Johanna K. Pitcairn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read...
This book was so good. I read it in two days! It was a lot like Beauty & the Beast, but I still loved it!
Published on February 29, 2012 by J. Hartsfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Beastly
Beastly.... i loved the book, i actually bought it in the paperback version and kindle version. Mrs Flinn is an excellent writer, and i enjoy reading her work. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by NSmith2388
4.0 out of 5 stars A Middle School Student's Perspective
A Book Review of Beastly
by Jenny, Grade 7, Yangon International School

"...,two years to find someone willing to look beyond your hideousness and see some good... Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by yareviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Fell flat...
This book just didn't do it for me really, even from the first page. The book is divided up into 6 parts and before every part, you get to view a chat room that consists of fairy... Read more
Published on September 11, 2011 by Jacinda
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