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Crazy Beautiful

Crazy Beautiful
By Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

At first, I didn’t think that I would like this book. The author really hits your over the head with the whole fairy tale thing. The girl’s name in the story is Aurora Belle, her dad calls her Princess, she sleeps really deeply, she’s beautiful, etc. However, I really liked it. I couldn’t put it down. At 193 pages, it’s a really short book. I would’ve liked it to be longer. I really wanted to know more about how the characters’ lives were affected by what happened to Aurora’s dad. It wrapped up kind of quickly, but it was a great story and I am glad I didn’t skip this one.

If you like retold fairy tales and want a quick read, this one is perfect.