Beast

Beast

Book - 2016
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After falling off the roof, fifteen-year-old misfit Dylan must attend a therapy group for self-harmers where he meets Jamie, a beautiful and amazing person he does not know is transgender. Inspired by characters in the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101937181
1101937181
9781101937167
1101937165
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 22 cm

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When Dylan meets Jamie in a self-harm group therapy session, he knows he’s found someone special. When he discovers that he was zoned out when Jamie revealed her transgender status in group, Dylan must address his prejudices and decide what really matters.


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navdamme
Dec 07, 2017

It lost some points with me for being a little cheesy and using a couple tired tropes. But aside from that it was a great novel. They got the "Beauty and the Beast" message through perfectly.

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asyamosley
Oct 01, 2017

Tears, I love this story with all my heart. I could read it a million times and not get bored.

AL_KELSEY Jul 13, 2017

This is an interesting love story about accepting who you are, and accepting the person you're falling for. Teen life is tough, and the two main characters have definitely had heaping platefuls of these tough times, but I love how they are able to help one another through it, and find love in the process!

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brangwinn
Apr 16, 2017

This is the most original retelling of the Beauty and the Beast that I’ve seen. 15-year-old Dylan is huge and hairy. When he “accidently” falls off the roof of his house, he ends up in a support group of self-harmers. He’s never had a girlfriend and when he meets Jamie in the group, he is smitten. She’s tall. He doesn’t have to lean way over to hear her, but there’s so much more to their friendship. And then he discovers Jamie isn’t really who he thought she was. It’s a great story about learning to become yourself even when you don’t meet social norms.

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susanlovesbooks
Nov 17, 2016

While some aspects of this book were frustrating, I found I could not put it down and stayed up until 2:00 AM to finish it. The characters are real, flawed, endearing and heartbreaking. Sometimes it's hard to know who to trust/believe which is a problem for the characters as well as the reader, but makes it all the more compelling, in my opinion. I loved the development of the individuals and their relationships.

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