Kyle Kingsbury is a big jerk. Of course, he doesn't know that. The most popular kid in 9th grade, the one with all the good looks and his dad's piles of cash, Kyle's got it good. Of course, the nerds and the unpopulars don't think this - and they're in the right. Kyle treats everyone with the same condescension, that whole "I'm better than you because you're not filthy rich or beautiful" deal. But one new girl, the goth girl with the weird hair and clothes, who doesn't know (apparently) that Kyle always gets his way and always looks good because of it, stands up to him.
"My dad's a network news guy. He says people shouldn't have to look at ugly people."But when Kyle tells the goth chick he wants to go to the dance with her, as a trick to get her back for her blowout during class, she seemingly believes him. She goes to the dance, waiting for him. When Kyle smacks his real girlfriend on the lips in front of her, she stays calm but warns him. "You'll see," she says. And it's only later that night that she comes to his house and shows him what she really is - a witch. A real life, living and breathing witch with magical powers - and one who turns him into a monstrous beast. He's only got two years to find true love and kiss her, but that's not very easy when you're a hideous monster.
"Is that what you think?" She raised a dark eyebrow. "That we should all transform ourselves to be as you want us to be, Kyle Kingsbury?"
I started at my name. I was sure I'd never seen her before. But of course she knew me. Everyone did. Probably had some pathetic crush on me.
"Yeah," I said. "Yeah. That's what I think. That's what I know."
She walked toward me. Her eyes were light green and her nose was long and hooked down. "Then you'd better hope you never get ugly Kyle. You are guly now, on the inside, where it matters most, and if you ever lost your good looks, I bet you wouldn't be smart or strong enough to get them back. Kyle Kingsbury, you are beastly."
Told as the personal account of a beautiful boy and the beast inside, this is a story to remember. Kyle's character slowly and miraculously changes throughout the book, showing off Alex Flinn's high-flying talent. It is written well, built well, and has a wonderful ending that will leave your heart fluttering. How could you ever love Kyle Kingsbury, the biggest jerk of the century? Well...you'll see.
Favorite character: Kyle and Will tie. (Will is Kyle's blind tutor, hired by Mr. Kingsbury to privately tutor his misshapen and ugly son.)
There is no one word to describe this book; it holds heart changes and rose gardens, conviction and selfless love. Does it really get any better than that???
(This is definitely a novel for teens and older. Getting drunk is a common lifestyle for Kyle and his girlfriend, Sloane. And you can only imagine what comes afterward... Sexual implications are many, but only in the first half of the book. It is not terribly explicit, but it does show you how absolutely terrible these lifestyles are and gives you a good look at what it would be like to be Kyle...definitely not fun. Drugs are also mentioned, and there is some language.)