Friday, July 03, 2020
Beau & Bett, by Kathryn Berla
And it's while he's working there that he gets to meet this troublemaking daughter, Bettina. She's got a reputation at school of being this horrible person which has earned her the nickname "the Beast." Beau finds out, however, that she's not like that at all. And the more he gets to know her, the closer he feels towards her.
Allegedly a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the resemblance is slight. Working off a debt, a misunderstood "beast," and eventually learning to love someone we found initially repulsive are three similarities, but they are hardly unique. Trying to call that a retelling is a stretch and a distraction. Rather, the book's strength is really the dynamic between its two characters. Earnest Beau is no match for Bett's social ineptitude, and the sparks that fly between them are unexpectedly hilarious. The resulting love story is short and sweet.