Freitag, 28. Mai 2010

[Rezension] Alex Flinn, Beastly

Inhalt (lt. Rückentext):
I am a beast.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright - a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
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.

Zum Buch:
Kyle Kingsbury knows what it is like to be rich, beautiful and popular. He enjoys his life und he loves to make everyone else's miserable. He mocks the misfits and thinks no one should have to look at ugly people.

When a new girl comes into his school, he laughs at her for being a goth and ugly but she seems not to care. So Kyle plans a prank: He invites her to the school dance but wants to dismiss her there, because he goes with the prettiest girl in school to the dance.
But it does not turn out as expected. Kendra, the girl, does not start to cry but looks disappointed in him. After the dance he finds Kendra in his room. There she appears to be as what she really is: A witch. As a punishment for his superficial behaviour, she turns him into a beast. But because he has shown a good heart in giving a white rose to a nondescript girl, Kyle becomes one chance to break the spell: In the course of two years he has to find his true love - and she has to kiss him.
Appalled by his outward appearance, Kyle is sure he will never find a girl. His father leaves him alone in a house, his only company the housemaid. Bored and frustrated, Kyle asks for a tutor and gets Will, a blind student. With him, Kyle starts to plant rose bushes in his garden and when they die in winter, he decides to build a greenhouse. The roses become his life and his only pleasure.
His only window into the normal world is a magical mirror Kendra gave to him. With its help Kyle tries to find his true love in checking on the persons of dating-pages. Most of them turn out to be old, men, underage or policemen... Kyle also checks on the people in his yearbook and more than often he checks on Linda, a girl with scholarship, living with her drug-addicted father. She reads a lot when she is not beaten by her father.
When Linda's father breaks into Kyle's house, he suggest to give Kyle his daugther - as long as Kyle lets him live. Kyle agrees and does everything to make the house a home for Linda. Sure enough, Linda comes one week later and is not very happy to have to life with a stranger. She is afraid and does not want to speak to Kyle (who calls himself Adrian then) at first, but in time they become friends. But what Kyle needs is not a friend, but true love - and the two years are alsmost at end...

Do I have to say how much I love the story of Beauty and the Beast? Well, I do. And as much I loved to read "Beastly". It is a totally new interpretation of the old story and makes you love more than once. I especially enjoyed the dialogues between the transformed in their chat, supervised by a Mr. Andersen (I think we know who that might be...). The members of this chat are Froggie (who really has problems writing on a keyboard), SilentMaid (considering to make a deal with a sea-witch), GrizzlyBear (who has just met these two really hot girls) and, of course, BeastNYC (lameting about being a beast and never getting a girl).

Kyle, as I-protagonist, is a felicitous character. We get an insight into his thoughts and worries and - most important - his change into a totally different person. He learns to be patient and silent, to dismiss looks and what real friendship means. It is a beautiful development and gives a whole new view on the original story.
Of course, he has his assistants: Magda, the housemaid and Will, his blind tutor. As they are his only company he learns to love them as real friends.
Linda, or Lindy, is a totally different person. She wants to change her life, to get away from her father and achieve something in life. She is very smart and loves to read. So Kyle gifts her with a library (she just loves). And he reads every book she reads to have something to talk about.
When Lindy comes to his house, Kyle has already changed and does everything to make Lindy like him. But still he does not know if it is enough (to quote the Disney-movie) "for whom could ever love a beast?"

The story is the classical one of Beauty and the Beast - this is exacly what you will get. But as I said, I loved every minute of it and I think Alex Flinn did a great job. Altough the story is familiar one finds new elements and I never felt like knowing exacly what is going to happen next.
Through dividing the book into six parts, Flinn has given it the structure it needs. It allows the author to make time-lapses without disturbing the flow of the story. And I liked that the chat-conversations gave a funny note to the sometimes melancholic story.

I think everyone who loves The Beauty and the Beast (in its various forms) will love this book. It is funny, dramatic, melancholic and mostly just beautiful.

The books will be published in German on July 24, 2010, published by Baumhaus Verlag

I think some of you will know it already but "Beastly" is going to be a movie...


  1. Wow, das klingt echt gut :) *auch ein "Schöne&das Biest" Fan ist* Würde ich sogar auch auf Englisch lesen ^^

  2. Das Buch klang schon gut, als du es ein paar Beiträge vorher kurz vorgestellt hattest. Inzwischen bin ich mal wieder restlos überzeugt. -lach-
    Das kommt auf die Liste. (:

  3. Ach, Mist verdammter! Musste das sein? xD Kommts halt doch wieder auf meine Wunschliste ;D

  4. @Buecherdrache: na dann^^
    @Saskia: lalala, ich salbe mich in Unschuld!
    @Fani: Jaja, so geht es mir auch immer mit dir xD

  5. Ich will es auch endlich haben...
    vor allem weil der Film auch bald kommt... und Alex Pettyfer mitspielt<3 xDDD
    Aber Die Schöne und das Biest war sowieso immer mein Lieblingsmärchen.

  6. Das hört sich gut an :) "Beastly" steht auch bereits auf meiner Wunschliste. Ich bin durch den Trailer darauf aufmerksam geworden und bin schon gespannt.

  7. *lesen will, lesen will, lesen will*
    Freu mich schon auf Film und Buch :D Werde mir Buch entweder von dir ausborgen (nur schon mal als Vorwarnung) oder kaufen. Vielleicht auch beides XDDD
    So wie bei den Meyer-Büchern XD