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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Review: Crazy Beautiful

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pub. Date: September 29, 2009
Pages: 193
Age Level: 15+

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.

Crazy Beautiful was an ingenious, modern day retelling of my absolute favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. It was witty and filled with both lighter and deeper moments creating a totally mesmerizing prose that I'll never forget.

Lucius was cold, slightly arrogant about his intelligence, full of dry humor and also loads of guilt. I was surprised that he took full blame for what happened instead of trying to put it off on someone else. I loved watching him change throughout the book as he grew to be a more caring character and when he started opening himself up to others, it felt as though he was opening himself up to me as well. I absolutely loved him and have never come across a more dynamic character than Lucius.

Then there is Aurora, who is so nice but not in the, "So sweet I think I might get a cavity." sense. She was just a truly great person and a completely lovable heroine. She was genuine and real, with nothing coming off as phony or fake.

Crazy Beautiful was so unique, with such a beautifully crafted and carried out premise. It was fast paced but also well paced as I believed most everything to have occurred in a reasonable amount of time. I found it to be surprisingly funny at times, especially Lucius, though not a blatant funny hahaha. It was a more subtle and sharper brand of humor, which I personally love.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted's writing style was very impressive, keeping me engaged in the story fully and completely. I thought the alternating perspectives are part of what really made this book so wonderful and I confess I was surprised by how authentic and believably male Lucius' voice was.

The ending was a bit abrupt and I wish this book could have been longer, but overall, I was pretty satisfied with how it drew to a close.

All in all, Crazy Beautiful was an imaginative and enticing, though maybe too short, story that I'd recommend to anyone. One benefit to its short length is that it will just make it even easier for me to find time to re-read it in the future. :D

Characters: A-
Writing: B+
Plot: B+
Ending: B-
Enjoyment/Likability: A
Recommendable: A-
Cover: A+

Overall: A-


Mavie said...

Great review! I didn't think this book was that amazing but close to it. =)

Unknown said...

What an awesome review - I have been thinking I want to pick this one up - but just have not yet...but your review has made me want to even more! :) SOOO glad you liked it and OMG your the one!!!

I heard Dark Waltz on a blog - I had never heard of Hayley Westenra before - I heard this song on your blog and now I own all her music - OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT, she was even my "music monday" yesterday I love Dark Waltz so much - I need to link you! :)

I am so glad I found what blog it was on, and thank you soo much for turning me onto her - she's AMAZING!

Adriana said...

Beauty and the Beast is also my favorite and I love a good fairy tale retelling. I really want to read this it sounds good.

Emma said...

Great review! I still need to read this one!

Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

I love beauty and the beast stories, i really liked Beastly(can't wait 4 the movie) I really need 2 pick this one pick :D

Cindy said...

Can't wait to read this one :) Great review!

Jess said...

Really amazing review. I liked this book, maybe not as much as you, but agree completely with everything you've said. Including the quick ending. It was kind of like, aaaaaaaaaaaand done.

Emily said...

I can't get around the hooks for hands bit...but you review has helped. Maybe this is one worth reading. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Hi Briana :)
Thank you for the thoughtful review.
I've read a few books lately with sudden endings. Maybe it is the new trend?
Here's to 2010!

Katie said...

Great review! I've never heard of this book before, but now it's on my list of Books To Read.

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