Author: Robin McKinley
Genre: YA (Fairy Tales)
In a Snapshot: This book is a lot like the Disney version of Beauty & the Beast. And yes, suspiciously the book came first. Hmm…
Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down: I spent most of my adolescence reading adult novels because I wasn’t too excited about YA fiction at the time (hence, I’m obsessed with it now). But when I found Beauty on the library’s YA bookshelf, I was drawn to the romantic cover and decided to give it a try.
Thankfully Beauty became the book character who made me feel good about being my uncomfortable teen self. She was physically awkward (large hands and feet, skinny, suffered from hormonal acne), was a total bookworm, and loved snacking on bread and tea. This book became a dietary staple to my weekend read-a-tons.
Beauty is still my ultimate comfort book. I read my yellow-paged copy here and there, like one would select a random verse from a book of poetry, and every year, I return to this fantastical world in its entirety, a full pot of tea next to me.
Beauty is my all-time favorite book.
Who Will Like This: Fairy tale lovers, of course. And those who want an easy read without dark or explicit content.
A Favorite Quote:
At least I was true. My intellectual abilities gave me a release, and an excuse. I shunned company because I preferred books; and the dreams I confided to my father were of becoming a scholar in good earnest, and going to University. It was unheard-of several shocked governesses were only too quick to tell me, when I spoke a little too boldly — but my father nodded and smiled and said, ‘We’ll see.’ Since I believed my father could do anything — except of course make me pretty — I worked and studied with passionate dedication, lived in hope, and avoided society and mirrors.