Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publication Date: September 7, 2009
Versions: hardcover, paperback, kindle
Summary (from goodreads):
In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn't outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.
Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don't scare her. They don't keep her away. In fact, they don't make any difference at all to her.
But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering. Or maybe she's just a girl who needs love just like he does.
I really enjoyed this novel. The chapters switch between Aurora and Lucius's points of views which created a nice effect. Aurora has just lost her mother to cancer, and is starting at a new school. Lucius has just blown up his house along with his arms, and is starting new at the same school. While everyone treats Aurora with friendliness, Lucius is treated with contempt because of his hooks. Aurora is the only one who is nice to Lucius, who doesn't care about his appearance. Together they make a pair who understand each other and see the beauty that is hidden deep inside.
Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I really enjoyed the story and the switching points of views, and I loved the character of Aurora. She's not one to judge on looks and she truly has a great personality and doesn't give into peer pressure.
Will I reread it?
I bet I'll come back to this book in time. It was cute and a nice fast read which I always like when looking for a pick-me-up. I recommend to fans of Beauty and the Beast.