See the #1 New York Times bestselling story Beastly through Lindy’s eyes! This is her diary, kept while living in captivity with the beast. Lindy’s Diary captures all the romance and edgy mystery of the original!
“I can see into his soul, and it is beautiful.”
Beastly is told from Kyle’s point of view, so the characterization is strongly one-sided in that story. While his character is perfectly elaborated in Beastly, I missed Lindy’s viewpoint, her thoughts and feelings.
Lindy’s Diary fills this gap and fairly successfully balances the characterization.
Her perspective is really lovely, with more romance, more sweet episodes, more books, and more roses. I mentioned in my review of Beastly that if I were Lindy I would appreciate Adrian’s efforts. Well, she did. Books and roses charmed not only me, but Lindy as well.
I was a prisoner, but the prison library was excellent.
On one table in the corner, I found an e-reader with a note that said, “In case I forgot anything.”
I don’t like to think I can be bought, but if I could, this guy definitely knew the currency. Roses and books—I could survive in these rooms forever.
You can witness as she changes her mind about Adrian and slowly falls in love. She repeatedly observes how much they are alike, even at the beginning, when she talks about Kyle.
He was so opposite the way I was, so full of life and energy, and yet, I knew he and I were alike deep down. Deep down, we were both lonely. He was just better at hiding it. (May 23)
It’s intriguing. I’ve always felt like a freak myself. (July 13)
We were the same, motherless, fatherless, both freaks in our own way. We were the same. I was here because I was meant to be. (July 23)
After all, aren’t we both equally strange, equally damaged?
The only difference is, my damage is inside. (December 30)
It reveals that she had a crush on Kyle in school, but as the story progresses, she mentions Kyle less and less frequently. Her thoughts revolve around Adrian instead.
You come to know Lindy’s personality and family background, but her father’s drug-addiction and her abandonment by him could have been portrayed in a more detailed way, with implied moral lessons, because shouting in my face direct sentences like “ADDICTION IS NOT SEXY!” in all capital letters is really unsettling.
Furthermore, while I love literary references in Beastly, here I find them too much.
Lindy is forced to grow up prematurely, but she is still a 16-year-old girl. Her character is credible, appropriate for her age. It is so typical and sweet when she refuses Adrian’s invitation for dinner, and then she is wondering about why he doesn’t ask her again.
I sort of wish Adrian would ask me to come out again. (July 22)
My favorite parts are the Christmas episodes and the play in the leaves.
Leaves. Hundreds, thousands, maybe millions of them, brown and yellow and red and orange, in bright piles on the concrete floor. Some were so high they almost covered the rosebushes. (October 25)
Lindy’s Diary is the number 0.5 in the Kendra Chronicles series, so it comes before Beastly. I think reading after that is also okay, because it highlights the missing points.
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Daily Quotes by Exina.