Author: Angela Morrison
Published: March 2010 by Razorbill
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours
Description: Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever. When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty. When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek? The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.
I Give This Book 4 Stars!
I was feeling just so-so with this book for most of it. I felt sorry for Beth and what she had to endure at the hands of her classmates. I was never really sure if she was lacking in self esteem or just truly believed she was "The Beast." Her choir seemed to be her only real outlet and she was content to be part of the background. When she proved she desired the solo spot, I thought good for her. But, I wasn't sure I agreed with the makeover. It was almost like she enjoyed the attention. Either that or she thought that no matter what they did to her, she would still be "The Beast." From the appearance of Derek, I wasn't sure I liked him. I knew he was hiding something, and it's didn't take me long to figure out what the true nature of that might be. But, I didn't like the way he treated Beth. And with her being so new to the attention of boys, it never set well with me. But, for some reason, then ending absolutely touched me. All of a sudden the entire story made sense, even if I still didn't like Derek's actions. I found myself in tears (I might be an over sensitive person though). I devoured the last 75 or so pages, and found myself think what a beautiful ending. Which was a pretty different reaction from the beginning of the book. I would recommend this and if you find yourself wanting to put it down at first, keep going. Then end was completely worth it.