Linda "Lindy" Owen is a scholarship kid with a drug addict for a father, and is largely invisible to the rest of her classmates. She has always noticed Kyle and thought that there was more to him than meets the eye. When her father breaks into Kyle's house, Lindy's father offers up his daughter in exchange for Kyle not going to the police. Lindy finds herself dropped off on Kyle's doorstep, and while at first she hates her new situation, she soon gets to know Adrian (a.k.a. Kyle). Over the time they spend together, their friendship grows, but will it be enough to break the curse?
I have been wanting to read this book for some time and since I am impatiently awaiting the release of the third and final Chemical Gardens book and didn't want to get too involved in something, I decided to pick this up in the meantime. I saw the movie Beastly that came out a few years ago. I didn't know the movie was based on a book and it happened to be on HBO one day, so I watched it. It is your typical pre-teen romance movie, but I liked it enough that when I found out it was based on a book, I added it to my "to-read" list. Those, like myself, who pick up the book after watching the film might find themselves a little confused, as they definitely made some artistic changes - most notably Kyle's transformation into a "beast." In the book it is a much more traditional transformation with him being covered in fur and more wolf like, where in the movie he is just more disfigured with tattoos and scars. Lindy also goes through a transformation - changing from a more average red head to a dark haired beauty in the film.
Regardless if you ever see the film, Beastly and Lindy's Diary are sweet stories and any fan of the B&B tale or hopeless romantics will enjoy it. The characters are well developed and the story flows nicely. It is not complicated and there are no major plot twists, but if you are looking for a good book to relax with, this would be a series I would recommend. At a combined 448 pages, they are quick reads and perfect for a rainy (or snowy) afternoon.