Pub. Date: 2007
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.
Our main character Kyle is a spoiled-rotten, disrespectful, heartless teenager with overflowing good looks. After jokingly asking a goth girl to the homecoming dance, who he knows will accept, his evil plan takes off. Consequently, the goth girl isn't just a girl, she is a witch that will put a curse on him. He transforms physically into what his personality looks like a "beast". In order to gain back his looks and his old life, he will need to find true love and receive an "I love you". Can he do it, he only has 2 years?
What I find so fascinating is Kyle's inner transformation. He constantly struggles to be good person at the beginning, but he comes to a realization that he needs to change. In this transformation, he's getting a taste of his medicine he finally learns the meaning of what goes around comes around. Instead of being your typical popular guy he's forced to be an outsider living in captivity, so people aren't grossed out, because of his beastly looks. To make his change real, he changes his name to Adrian, and slowly removes all the layers of evil within him, significantly eye-opening. It thought me that "those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy."