Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Beau and BettBeau and Bett by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The description of Beau & Bett drew me in, as I like reading retelling of fairy tales. Kathryn Berla says this is a modern retelling of beauty and the beast, but I didn’t really get that feel. I mean, Bett was called The Beast by kids at school, but aside from that, I just felt like it was a YA romance novel about two teenagers developing relationship. Regardless, I really enjoyed the story. I was pleasantly surprised the narrator of the book was Beau, since so many of these books are told from the girl’s point of view. The author has a wonderful way of writing, so we can envision the story unfolding. I look forward to reading more of her stories, because I really enjoyed it. The characters are great, and I love that they each have a back story as well as hidden traits we uncover along the way.
Bett, formally known as Bettina Diaz, is a spoiled rich kid, but isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She may change her clothes several times a day, and get a new car because her old one got some dents and scratches, but she is also a rancher, down to her core. Beau is, for lack of a better term, poor. His father is a picker, who is out of work due to injury, and his mom is a caretaker or maid. He is a teenager who spends much of his spare time babysitting his younger siblings and helping around the house. He is thrown in another world when he find himself having to work off debt to Bettina’s family. She seems so different, lives in a whole other world, in fact. But Beau cant help but feel drawn to her. Maybe its because of her social awkwardness, but it feels like something more. There were some surprising twists along the way, and I liked that it kept me guessing.

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