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Crazy Beautiful Hardcover – September 7, 2009
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From School Library Journal
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"The story is told in alternating chapters...Baratz-Logsted does a deft job of weaving the perspectives together to show events from both points of view ...the pacing is energetic and the topics current." - School Library Journal
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Aurora's character is very simplistic. She's sweet to everyone whether they are sweet back or not because her mother told her to be. Lucius is just plain confusing. Why (SPOILER!!!!) would he want to do harm? Because his dad never played football with him? Please give me a break.
This book is inoffensive, for the most part, but really lacking in any character development or realistic dialogue, scenes, plot development--you name it. The characters are only 15, yet (Lucius, in particular) they speak so very formally. I realize this is supposed to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but if you retell a story in a modern setting, I think the characters should reflect that setting. The ending is incredibly abrupt and the whole story is less than 200 pages long. Many books I've read have hardly even gotten into the heart of the story by the 200th page.
If you still have to read this, check it out from your local library. Really the only thing I found mildly interesting was the book's cover under the dust jacket--a violent pink that was far more vibrant than anything within the pages. For a MUCH better retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story, pick up Alex Flinn's "Beastly". Now THAT is an awesome book.
Aurora is also starting at a new school. However, she's sweet, kind and attracts friends like flies on watermelon. When she's unfazed by Lucas' hooks, he starts wondering, wondering whether his self-imposed emotional exile isn't the only way to live after what he did.
As they begin letting each other get a little closer, they realize that the other has been hurt/scarred emotionally. While Lucas' scars are visible, Aurora's are just as painful and devastating. What happens as their attraction blossoms into something both need, but neither expected makes this book difficult to put down. While an older book, it's still a good one to suggest to teens who like love stories with wounded characters.
The ending sure it was cute, I'll give her that, but it was very weak. Not going to say what it was, I will say though it was about 3o words or less. Not really sure. It was short, to short. It rushed through the climax, I was hoping then at least the ending would give you more closer. It just went, yea it over! Pretty lame in my opinion. But, it was good enough for me to finish, so at least it had the cuteness factor.
To start, the cover of Crazy Beautiful is to die for. The stark contrast of the black and white, the unique font, and the smoke give the cover an edgy look that will instantly attract young adults. This fairy tale retelling is fast-paced, with short, to-the-point chapters. Unlike the original tale, the weight of the story is told from Lucius's point of view. Still, the chapters alternate perspectives, providing the reader with insight from both sides of various situations. Crazy Beautiful is full of raw emotion, as both narrators reveal their fears and insecurities, just like those any teenager tries to hide. Lauren Baratz-Logsted adds a nice touch by complicating the story with the high school's production Grease and Jessup's role as a parallel to Gaston. Though I couldn't pull myself away from this book, I found that the climax resolved itself too quickly. As a result, the end conflict was rather anticlimactic and difficult to believe. Overall, Crazy Beautiful is a well-done modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast that will captivate its readers. 8 of 10.
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I'm not gonna go out and completely bash this book. I mean, at times, it was slightly entertaining. And it was ridiculously easy to read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Zombie_Gunslinger
I really did not like this book. I guess it was for a younger audience. It was told by the two main characters taking turns.Published 22 months ago by Raven
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This book is really cute , I recommend this book if you like romance & suspense , I loved it!!!Published on March 3, 2013 by Anissa
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This is a fairy tale retelling without magic or mystical creatures. It takes place in a regular high school - with cliques, bullies, queen bees and outcasts. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by E. Kristin Anderson
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My thoughts: I've had this book in my `to be read' pile for a while now and finally decided to pick it up. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Amazon Customer