Beast

Beast Stephen hasn t had it easy He s now in foster care because his mom is crazy and his dad is an ex con He s always in trouble or on his way to trouble But none of these problems compare to the problem o

  • Title: Beast
  • Author: Ally Kennen
  • ISBN: 9780439865494
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stephen hasn t had it easy He s now in foster care because his mom is crazy and his dad is an ex con He s always in trouble or on his way to trouble But none of these problems compare to the problem of The Beast Stephen has been taking care of The Beast for years It is his biggest secret and also his biggest challenge If it could, The Beast would eat Stephen aliveStephen hasn t had it easy He s now in foster care because his mom is crazy and his dad is an ex con He s always in trouble or on his way to trouble But none of these problems compare to the problem of The Beast Stephen has been taking care of The Beast for years It is his biggest secret and also his biggest challenge If it could, The Beast would eat Stephen alive The only thing separating them is a rusty cage And the bars are about to break

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    • Totoro says:

      hhmm, beast what can i say . well, it was pretty exciting, had my mouth open a couple of times, lol . the writing was amazing and i liked to imagine reading it in a British accent, hihie story is about a boy who's keeping a vicious crocodile for about five years, a strange birthday gift from his father, now that the beast is strong and eats a lot , he wants to get rid of him, how he does that.or doesn't well i recommend you read it o-O

    • Miss Bookiverse says:

      What first caught my eye was the book cover. It looks really cool and it feels even better - like reptile skin. I love little extras like these that add to the atmosphere of the book.The story was told through Stephen's point of view and Ally Kennen managed very well to give him the voice a 17 year old outcast kid would have. It felt nice to be in his head because he had this certain sense of humour and a nice, short way of expressing himself.My empathy for him developed quickly. When he was acc [...]

    • Jennifer Wardrip says:

      Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadTooIf you like the Sci-fi channel offered by your local cable company, you will want to read BEAST by Ally Kennen. Its mysterious beginning will grab your attention, and the rest of the book will have you on the edge of your seat. Stephen has been living in foster homes for years. The family he has been with the past four years hasn't been half bad, but he's reached the age limit for foster care and is about to be sent packing. He's got t [...]

    • Lucy says:

      Stephen is a 17-year-old foster child with a shady past who’s got a large problem. I've seen this book on the shelves a couple of times, but for some reason I assumed that the beast it was referring to was a metaphor for child abuse in his past, or something like that.It's not. The beast is a huge crocodile that his father gave him, and it's big and hungry and dangerous and he has to figure out what to do with it.A real crocodile. That's freaking awesome.And it is. Stephen is trying to deal wi [...]

    • Cameron12 says:

      I wish I'd read this book a while ago. Beast has lots to offer those boys who dont like to read read. There's a lot of action, powerful description of really weird, gross situations (within the first couple of chapters, the main character cuts up a pig and is discovered with the partially dismembered corpse and a saw in his hands), and a feeling of alone that I believe is common to the experience of many young people today. Stephen, the main character, starts the book with a list of the worst th [...]

    • Kara says:

      Listened to the audiobook version of this. Quite entertaining, good voice. Probably wouldn't listen to it again though.

    • Dot says:

      It was okay. First person is not my thing so that made it hard to read, and outside of a general moral standpoint/sense of justice I didn't connect with the main character, Stephen. The social worker/foster family made me mad, of course, from the injustice of it all but being given all the facts I had about Stephen in a laundry list of "I like this" or "I think that" he felt very sterile. I got told everything through the first person point of view about him and it made him boring. I found Carol [...]

    • Amanda K says:

      I was so surprised by this book. It was recommended to me, but I didn't really think it would be up my alley. I wanted to read it, to be able ti discuss it with my the people who dud the recommendation, but I thought I didn't think I was gonna have much more to say than "Yeah, sure, cool book". But this story really got me! There's tension and drama and mystery, and it was such a fun read! And maybe one of the best parts, there isn't a sqeezed in love interest that's just there for the sake of i [...]

    • Karen Holding says:

      great easy read, not what I was expecting when i started reading it but it was still enjoyable

    • Kathleen Dixon says:

      I’m not sure when I got this book but it’s been hanging around in my must-read-then-move-on- along box which has been taking up room on the wardrobe floor for nearly a year now. Having a day sick in bed has its advantages so far I’ve read two books and there’s still time to start another before real sleep takes me for the night.Anyway, you don’t want to hear that – you want to know what I thought of this book. Well, I really enjoyed it. Clearly, when I picked it up from wherever it w [...]

    • Sarah says:

      I did like this book. I was looking forward to reading it, and I was disappointed when I started it. In the beginning, the book seemed to have no plot, our character seemed to have no ability to form many thoughts, and to be honest I didn't really like Stephen that much (that's another thing - what was with the names? I can't just about cope with Stephen , but Carol?? I'm pretty sure I've never met a Carol under the age of 70) But then the book started to pick up. It began to make more sense, ha [...]

    • Sara says:

      I wish I'd read this excellent book a year ago! Beast has lots to offer those boys who just WON'T read. There's a lot of action, powerful description of really weird, gross situations (within the first couple of chapters, the main character cuts up a pig and is discovered with the partially dismembered corpse and a saw in his hands), and a feeling of isolation and loneliness that I believe is common to the experience of many young people today. Stephen, the main character, starts the book with a [...]

    • Celestasaurus says:

      I don't know what to even rate this book.I would say one star, or maybe half a star, or maybe no stars at all, but I know that I'm being unfair.Why? Well let's say that I read this book in the waiting room of a hospital. Not the most pleasant surroundings, if you hadn't noticed.Now, just thinking about the book and not about my personal problems--2/3 stars. It's been a couple years. I don't remember that much so it couldn't have been too good, but I remember the title and plot so it couldn't hav [...]

    • Ben Portus says:

      I only discovered Ally Kennen's books when the superb 'Bullet Boys' was released in January 2012. I immediately fell in love with her fantastic characters - she writes the most fun 'troubled teenage boy' stories I have come across - and having ripped through Bullet Boys I ordered her earlier books 'Beast', 'Beserk' and 'Bedlam'.In Beast, Stephen is a seriously TROUBLED teenage boy, but as with Max in Bullet Boys, we love him from the off. In the first page he sets his stall out pretty clearly, w [...]

    • Jeremy.u says:

      I thought that the beast by Ally Kennen was weriod and intresting at the same time. I thought this because you dint know if the beast was gona escape the rusty cage or not. I thought the beast was gona be some thing bigger like bigfoot but it was a huge alligator. But i guss it would of been pretty scary knowing that a alligtor lives by you. Stephen dint have a easy life he was in foster care and his mom was crazy. I thought it was kinda sad how his life was had to be in a foster care his whole [...]

    • Hannah Givens says:

      Gulped it down in one sitting. Genuinely frightening, and I loved the main character. He's not a conventional "good" character, but there's something about him that's good. The way he doesn't want anyone to get killed, and the way he feels about people. Or maybe he just doesn't want to get blamed for a death, and he's looking for reciprocation. Who knows? It's brilliant. The POV is first-person, present tense, speaking to an undefined "you." Doesn't always work, but works here. This book is abou [...]

    • Laura says:

      Sí que és veritat que el llibre no se m'ha fet pesat, perquè ha durat menys de 3 dies a les meves mans. Però també és veritat que m'ha fet patir molt. Potser és que ja sóc gran per aquestes coses La història està molt bé, però és una mica (o un molt) irreal, sobretot el fet que "la bèstia", podent-se menjar a humans, l'únic que faci és fer-los alguna esgarrinxada i prou. Tampoc s'entén massa el canvi de la Carol (per què?)Però la història enganxa, encara que només sigui per [...]

    • Sharon says:

      This bleak but gripping story paints teenager Stephen as an ultimate hard-luck case; he's been shuffled around foster families and has a criminal record and an alcoholic father who lives in the woods. His current foster sister delights in making him look terrible, he works in the meat-packing industry, andhe's trying to kill his secret monstrous crocodile. All these elements brew together to create a somewhat gruesome but still compelling metaphorical story, sort of like a train wreck you can't [...]

    • Elie Ayache says:

      This book is fantastic !! I recommend everyone to read it. Beast is a wonderful, well-written, and realistic story which combines tension and suspense. It is narrated by Stephen, a seventeen year old boy, who is also the protagonist of this novel. Despite his law breaking, he is very likable. Throughout the novel, the beast’s true nature is revealed little by little as the tone changes to a frantic, desperate tone. However, the language used is simple, but lovely at the same time.

    • Suzanne says:

      Pretty bizarre story about a Stephen, teenage boy in foster care in England. who is given a baby crocodile by his father. When it grows too big to keep he takes it to a reservoir where he is able to imprison it in a large cage. When the crocodile grows to 12 feet long Stephen doesn't know what to do about it. He has nightmares that it will escape from its cage and come hunting him.

    • Erika says:

      All I knew about this book was that it had won an award from teen readers and that was enough for me to try it. I am glad I di because this book is not what I expected - it had substance, depth, and a twisted mix of adrenaline and drama. A highly recommended book for teenage boys and anyone who wants a book that will keep them absorbed from start to finish.

    • Yoy91 says:

      I was pleasantly surprised when I finished this one. The main character Stephen is someone i found very likable even if he is somewhat of a troublemaker. I would recommend Beast to anyone who like a little (okey a lot of ) suspense served with a down right gripping story about the young life of a boy who messes up but tries to make the best of it. I wish you a good read

    • Jen Bojkov says:

      I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. It was an easy read and was interesting enough, I'm just not sure there was a point. If there was, I missed it. If you like slightly creepy and suspenseful- in that you don't know how he's going to resolve his very big, scaly problem- then you might like this for a quick weekend read.

    • Daia says:

      [Have updated my rating to four stars]A really sensible and easy read. Gripping, engaging, and easily likable. The main character has a very downright attitude- one that I find highly appealing. You don't get to see realistic characters in YA books nowadays.

    • Georgeann says:

      Second time I've read it. Wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered the first time. YES! Tense, short read, "stream of consciousness" style of teen boy with a troubled past. His thoughts are up and down; he is trying to fight against becoming like his dad. Excellent.

    • Tracey says:

      teen fiction; crocodile-loose-in-the-city-reservoir. The idea is one that's been kicked around quite a bit, but this was actually an enjoyable telling of it. Short, fast-paced, interesting characters.

    • Chani says:

      Première partie très sympa, on se demande ce qu'est cette "bête", on imagine des scénarios bien gores vu la personnalite du "héros" et ses relations avec sa "soeur", et puis. ben après c'est mou et bien conventionnel. Dommage.

    • Emily says:

      I am a big fan of Ally Kennen, and she usually writes really good books, I loved Bedlam, Quarry and Berserk, but I found Beast wasn't as interesting as the others - it was still good but it didn't have the stay-uptil-midnight-to-finish-it factor.

    • Effy Weasley says:

      bit boring, predictable and uneventful.

    • Abigail says:

      it was alright finding out what the beast was was weird but what happens to get rid of it is shocking you won't want to put the book down guarenteed

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