by Brie Spangler


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Beast 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated Dylan, the main character. The main character was transphobic. And yet Jamie, a trans woman, decided to continue to fall in love with him. She deserves so much better than him. She deserves someone who isn't so blatantly transphobic as Dylan was when he first found out she was trans. She deserves someone who doesn't push her away several times. Obviously, I can't speak for trans women, but this seemed so unbelievable, I was screaming at this book the entire time. I didn't relate or sympathize with Dylan at all and hated him and hated his transphobia. So, there's my problem with the book. I honestly can't recommend this book to anyone, unless you want a book on how not to write a relationship between a trans person and a cis person.
Naydelin_Salinas More than 1 year ago
The novel Beast, written by Brie Spangler, is a fictional and humorous story based on a high school student, named Dylan, experience as a sophomore. Because of his appearance, Dylan is nicknamed the Beast in his school. After breaking his leg on purpose and going to therapy, recommend by his doctor, he meets a girl named Jamie. He quickly falls for her and both start hanging out with each other. Although Jamie thought he heard her confession in therapy, Dylan raged out on her when he realizes she’s transgender. Dylan goes through many lies, manipulations, and emotions until he finally learns to accept Jaime no matter what. In my opinion, I think the novel went in an understanding pace. It brings readers to believe that the majority of people in Dylan’s situation would react and act the way he did. In my view, I would say the antagonist is Dylan’s best friend, JP. Although the novel states they are best friends, JP tries to manipulate Dylan multiple times throughout the story for his own gain. The protagonist would have to be Dylan. After he raged on Jamie in the realization that she is transgender, JP told him that Bryce and Ethan were not at school. Worried that something may happen to Jamie, he wanted to protect her from any harm. In my view, I would say the major conflict throughout the novel was when Dylan found out Jamie was transgender. It annoyed me the way he reacted towards and not even thinking of how it may have affected Jamie. Jamie would have to be my favorite character out of the novel. I love the way she holds a strong confidence based on herself, and her sarcastic remarks always made me laugh. If I were to recommend this book to anyone, I would recommended it to my best friend. I think she may enjoy it as much as I did. If I had the chance, I would not change a single thing on my novel. The novel dipped in the mind of people who may have or relate to Dylan’s type of situation. I enjoyed the way Beast was written. The novel was formed in a nice bled with sarcastic remarks, to clever ways, and twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing Im in love with it and the Beast just wants Fern and that is cute well Im not going to spoil it and btw Im only on page 8 right now but it is great so far i will say more when i finish the book which wont take me long bc i like to read so. Cho!!!!!
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
I've read more Beauty and the Beast retellings than I could count on one hand, but BEAST just might be one of my new favorites. Set in Portland, OR instead of a mystical, European-based fantasy land, the protagonist Dylan has earned the nickname Beast because he's a big, hairy 15 year old--not a prince under a spell. Jamie, the beauty, is a girl ostracized for her recent gender transition instead of her bookish behavior. There's a charming, good-looking Gaston-type character in Dylan's best friend JP, who rules their school as a rich, popular jock, but that's about where the similarities to the fairy tale end. If there's one thing that BEAST does extraordinarily well, it's dismantling literary character tropes. Dylan has a terrible temper that makes more than a few unpleasant appearances, but he's also one of the smartest guys in his grade. JP is rich and manipulative, but he's also one of the only characters who doesn't throw a fit when he learns that Jamie is transgender--perhaps because his life isn't all sunshine and roses either. Jamie presents herself as the kind of girl who makes heads turn, but she doesn't pass faultlessly one hundred percent of the time and Dylan is forced to confront that within the context of his attraction for her. There are so many wonderfully uncomfortable conversations in this story--about transition and orientation, privilege, and parenting and death. From start to finish, BEAST felt honest, even and especially when its honesty was kind of off-putting. Each of the characters are held equally responsible for the mistakes that they make and the bad things they do. This is a book that everyone should read, both because it's guaranteed to spark a dozen different conversations and because it's so damn good.
Novel_Novice More than 1 year ago
A story as charming and entertaining as it is moving and important, Beast by Brie Spangler hits all the right notes in this triumph of contemporary YA fiction. I am obsessed with this gorgeous & inventive transgender teen love story, inspired by “Beauty & the Beast.” Brie Spangler’s Beast is a brilliantly conceived and beautifully written story of acceptance and unconditional love. Through Spangler’s whip smart and witty writing, readers will fall in love with Dylan, Jamie, and the other characters in Beast — and their stories will seduce you into savoring every word. This book has all the charm, appeal, and heart of a John Green book or a David Levithan story, but it still feels new. Spangler has breathed new life into a “tale as old as time,” and given it a modern twist that demands attention. This is an important book, and it’s an important book right now. It’s the kind of book teens need to read and discover, and to know this exists. But it’s also just a damn good story. It’s funny and sweet; irreverent and touching. The characters are lovingly realized (OMG, you will adore Dylan’s mom!) — they are relatable and flawed and idealistic and just so real. Their struggles are endearing and cringe-worthy, and you will find yourself rooting for them in all the best of ways. And that, I think, is part of what makes Beast so special. It’s a book that touches on an important and timely issue, but it’s not about that. It’s not about Jamie being transgender, and it’s not about how her trans identity affects Dylan, or their relationship. It just is. It’s a part of the character — and though this does lead to some of the conflicts in the story, it is not the driving force behind the main plot. And it’s so lovely to see this woven into a story in a way that feels natural and realistic and genuine. A story about learning to love and accept yourself, as much as it as about learning to love and accept others, Beast is a triumph of heart and humanity.