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Alex Flinn
Alex Flinn was born in Syosset, New York. She learned to read at three and wanted to be a writer at five. She received her first rejection letter (from Highlights magazine) at eight. At twelve, her family moved to Miami, Florida, where she had a really hard time making friends, due to... show more

Alex Flinn was born in Syosset, New York. She learned to read at three and wanted to be a writer at five. She received her first rejection letter (from Highlights magazine) at eight. At twelve, her family moved to Miami, Florida, where she had a really hard time making friends, due to congenital shyness and a really bad haircut. So she read a lot and tried to write a novel but never finished because she had no idea what to write about.Flinn attended a performing arts high school program, similar to that portrayed in her book, Diva, then majored in vocal performance in college. Panicked upon realizing that there weren't a whole lot of jobs for opera singers, Flinn went to law school. Law school was, it turns out a really good place to learn to write for teenagers. Writing for teens and writing for judges are very similar because both judges and teens have a lot of demands on their time and minimal time for reading. Also, Flinn interned at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, trying many domestic violence cases, which were later the inspiration for her first novel, Breathing Underwater.Breathing Underwater was published in 2001. It received many honors, including being chosen a Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. It was followed by Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, Diva, and Beastly. Beastly is soon to be released as a motion picture. Her newest book is A Kiss in Time, a modern Sleeping Beauty.Flinn still lives in Miami with her husband, two daughters, a dog, cat, and African Spur-Thighed Tortoise. She enjoys performing arts, biking, and travel.
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Birth date: October 23
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Obsidian Black Plague
Obsidian Black Plague rated it 8 months ago
So this was a fun young adult novel taking a look at the "Beast" in Beauty and the Beast. Deciding to focus on high schooler Kyle Kingsbury (the most popular guy ever) and show him over a period of two years change from self obsessed to a thoughtful and kind person works. The main reason why I gave ...
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto rated it 1 year ago
I really liked the idea of looking at the story of Beauty and the Beast from a male perspective. I always have thought of the story as more of the transformation of a man from an unkind human being to one who understands and appreciates the world around him, especially with iterations such as the Di...
Let the Adventure begin!
Let the Adventure begin! rated it 2 years ago
I thought this book was pretty decent. Some parts were confusing and I did get lost reading it, during certain parts. But overall it was very good!
Let the Adventure begin!
Let the Adventure begin! rated it 2 years ago
I didn't realize this was a book like beauty and the beast. I absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed how the author incorporated a "chat room" page into the book. I thought that was a really neat idea. It was very well written and I will definetly be buying my own copy for my collection!
The Master's Nook
The Master's Nook rated it 2 years ago
I think the very reason that this book worked for me was that, I haven’t read a lot of books about Beauty and the Beast. This book isn’t really exceptional, maybe back 2007 when it was published yes, but now a day I think not. Despite that I still enjoyed this book. I liked the author’s writing. S...
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