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 is a romance at it's heart, one that focus on a modern retelling of Beauty and The Beast.
Going into this I was excepting something else, I'm not sure what per say, maybe something darker or more sinister. But don't get me wrong, I highly enjoyed reading Crazy Beautiful.
The two main characters were developed in a way that you could understand who they where and what they wanted. Though, they didn't really jump of the page. Aurora was the typical shy but stunningly beautiful girl who tends to speak her mind, while Lucius had a more dark existence, one that made you wonder if you should trust him or not. It was interesting to see how they and their feelings mixed together with Lauren having a switching first person narrative for them.
The plot was fast paced because of the short number of pages and the quick switching, as mentioned above. The story starts out a little slow, but quickly builds suspense and tension as the page number go up. Also, I liked the ending a ton, because it leaves off at such a good breaking point, one that most anyone will like.
Overall, Crazy Beautiful is a cutesy romance with a message of accepting who you are and living with it to your best potential. I look forward to reading by Ms. Baratz-Logsted.
Crazy Beautiful hits shelves on September 29, 2009, though Amazon is shipping it early.
* Much thanks goes to Lauren as well as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for sending me a copy of this!