Title: Crazy Beautiful
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (September 7, 2009)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Present '09
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 an emotional tale of two teens trying to find their place, giving second chances, forgiveness, love, only re-told in modern-day story of Beauty and the Beast, with twists and turns.
The start was what disappointed me. Baratz-Logsted took to long to explain the characters. I was in page ninety, and yet, all I had learned was the character's personality. Nothing yet juicy or exciting. There was a time where I had to force myself to keep reading.
The story is told from two perspectives; Lucius and Aurora. This made the novel more unique. I loved how I could read about two characters, not just one. I always knew what was going on in Lucius's mind and as well as Aurora's.
Baratz-Logsted fully developed the characters in this story. Both Lucius and Aurora were very realistic, I didn't find a single thing in their personality that made them not realistic. Lucius was a brooding, relatable, empathetic character, and Aurora was a kind, rational, and friendly character. I always kept reading more since I wanted to know more about their feelings for each other.
Crazy Beautiful is a touching story that will take the readers on a journey of love and reality.