3 out of 5 stars
Summary: (Borrowed from Goodreads) After Beau LeFrancois’s mother wrecks Bett Diaz’s luxury SUV, his family faces an impossibly large bill—with no car insurance to help pay it. To pay off the debt, Beau spends his weekends working at the Diaz Ranch.
Beau’s prepared to work, but he’s definitely not prepared for the infamous temper of Bett Diaz, also known as “The Beast” at school. As Beau learns the secrets behind Bett’s tough exterior, he finds himself falling for her . . . until he catches Bett in a lie.
A contemporary twist on a classic fairy tale, Beau and Bett is a timely story of family, friendship, and the power of speaking out and standing up for yourself.
Thoughts: This is only the second retelling that I have read and it didn’t really feel like a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The only resemblance that I found was that the students at Bett’s school referred to her as “the beast.” Something that I enjoyed in this was that it was a gender reversal and the beast was a girl this time around, but what I would have liked more is to have both Beau and Bett’s perspective included.
Something else that I had mixed feelings about was the reasoning as to why Bett was referred to as “the beast.” I wanted that plot point to be a little more fleshed out and to be a larger portion of this. It was like a silly nickname they gave her but it didn’t reflect her personality or actions at all and to be an actual retelling I feel that her attitude should’ve been harsh.
While I enjoyed the relationship that develops between Beau and Bett, I do think it happens rather quickly and without any tension in it. I wanted her to dislike him for a while rather than just be wary of him for a few minutes. I think it would’ve added more to the story if she was a little rude to him and then he found out why and the relationship changed from that point on.
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