Saturday, November 7, 2009

Crazy Beautiful - Lauren Baratz-Logsted

This review was supposed to be a part of Once Upon A Week but I was so busy with enrollment that wasn't able to post it! :(


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 was expecting...
romance, passion, lots of *sighing* (by myself) throughout the book

... then
I got my romantic part, *sighs*, not as much passion as I was expecting, but I still liked it!

Crazy Beautiful has a very unique approach in its retelling of Beauty and the Beast. For one, Lucius is just your average boy. He's not good-looking. He's not rich. He's just ordinary, but with hooks for his hands. For me, that was what made this book all the more romantic - the fact that this pretty and popular girl, Aurora, fell in love with this ordinary (and somewhat sullen) boy at first sight. I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff. :)

The book used the two main characters' alternating POVs, which is a style that I have always liked! At times, the narration from the character's perspective would just include a couple of sentences, and I think that worked in giving off a mysterious yet light vibe.

I think Crazy Beautiful is the kind of book which you'd either really like or find as just a so-so book (it depends on the reader, I guess). Luckily for me, I really liked it! :)

Plot: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Book Love: 4/5


Vanessa said...

I REALLY want to read this!

Jess. said...

I have to agree with Nessie, I REALLY want to read this book.

Unknown said...

I really want to read this one - it looks really awesome :) So unique!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Now that you mention it, I did expect this book to have lot of passion... and maybe sighing? lol.
Great review! It definitely sounds like something I want to check out, though I haven't been able to yet. :(

La Coccinelle said...

I agree with your assessment: this is one of those books that you either love or that's just okay for you.

For me, it was just okay. I wanted to like it, but... yeah, I think you're right: there wasn't quite enough passion (romantic or otherwise).

Thao said...

This book was a nice read. But the it didn't meet with my expectations.

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