Saturday, September 15, 2012

Crazy Beautiful Review

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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.

3 out of 5 stars

 Lucius is a double amputee and new at school. Like he expected, he is considered a loser and crazy. Aurora is also new in school, but has a much different experience- everyone immediately loves her, including Lucius. Aurora keeps reaching out to Lucius, but he is nervous that she won't be able to see past his hooks and how he got them.

Crazy Beautiful is a Beauty and the Beast story. The heroine even has a mash-up of Disney Princess names... Aurora Belle. It wasn't bad but, at less than 200 pages, it just didn't go as deep as it could have. I felt that the author really only skimmed the surface which made the characters, especially Lucius, seem flat.

This book flipped between the two narrators, Lucius and Aurora. I don't really like this in books for several reasons. In this book, the main problem is that you don't get to know either character because the already short book was divided between the two. The characters did seem different, but mostly because Lucius's POV was nothing but bitter self-pity and Aurora's was sunshine and rainbows for the majority of the book.

I was disappointed in Crazy Beautiful because I think it could have been a lot better if it had been longer and went more in depth. The characters could have been fleshed out a lot more. Overall, it was an average book.

*Picture and description from Goodreads

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