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.
In the back of the book the description compares this book to that of Disneys Beauty and the Beast. In some ways I see no resemblance. Yes the girl is beautiful in the sense that shes fashionable, that she brushes her hair a hundred strokes (Im actually quoting from the book), and that everyone seems to enjoy her company. And yes the boy is different from the norm. But it stops there. So if you expect this whole ordeal where the two love birds fall head over heels, youll get it, just not the whole ordeal part.
Told in alternating point of views, Luciuss and Auroras tales behave more like talking rather than actual storytelling. At one point of the book, Aurora actually answers the readers question and responds back to Luciuss concern. Slightly awkward as it disrupted the flow of the writing style.
There were also a lot of plot holes in the book. For instance, how did Lucius manage to ruin Jessups (standard evil male teen in high school) diabolical plan? In the nick of less than a day, Im guessing a few hours or less, he somehow convinced that Mr. Belle is innocent thus making him able to see Aurora before in the play and convinced the vice-principal that Ceclia lied (that was a mouthful). Or wait. Did any of that really happen? Because no where in the book does it explain how the entire thing got resolved. We went from Lucius threatening someone to happily ever after. Im screaming to the book Why are you so damn short!? Explain to me what the heck just happened! Really this book was too short. Some things needed to be expanded, to develop, to make sense!
Wait! Here comes the happy part! (I flipped the way I typically write a review). Crazy Beautiful made me laugh. Like out loud. Which I never do because I dont need any more reason to be considered crazy. It was the scene where Lucius and his younger sister went shopping to style Lucius. The entire scenario was hilarious, the dialogue completely realistic, and the bantering between siblings so relatable!
The theme of course darker than most teen novels but still had its touch of cuteness. I enjoy the buildup of Luciuss evilness, his loner personality, and his ability to create madness within love. Suspense was partially there. Emotion as well. Would have liked the two dynamic characters interact more before thinking that theyre in love-ish. Aurora seem a bit bland at pointstoo much sweetness, trustworthiness.
Overall: I so want this to be longer! It might steal away from the impact but it might also answer so many questions!
Lucius, a boy who blew off his hands after an experiment gone awry, meets the beautiful and smart Aurora on the school bus. Both are immediately drawn to one another. All the other kids are intimidated by Lucius' hooks and the rumors circulating about the explosion he caused. For the most part, they treat him like the plague; avoiding him or calling him Crip or Hooks if they converse with him at all. Except for Aurora. Shes not intimidated by the hooksin fact, they seem to draw her to him even more. But Lucius is certain that someone as beautiful and popular as Aurora would never be interested in someone like him. When she does speak to him, he shies away from her, assuming she must be only pitying him. Will Lucius and Aurora ever be able to get beyond all the cliques and cruelty of high school to see whats really important, and realize they were meant for one another?
I devoured this book in one sitting. The story was narrated through the alternating viewpoints of both Aurora and Lucius in short, evocative chapters. This was a smart choice on the part of Baratz-Logsted. Being able to discern how differently Aurora and Lucius perceived the same situation added greater insight into their characters and a deeper meaning to the book for me. The suspense of not knowing what Lucius true motivations were when he concocted that deadly chemical mixture really drove me crazy though, and I found myself anxious to understand his motivations. I couldnt help but like Lucius, he was so witty and so strong minded. Though he was relegated to using hooks in place of hands, he exhibited such an amazing amount of dexterity in mastering the technique, that I really admired his spunk and wanted so badly for him to find friendship and love. I also loved how there was more to Aurora than just being beautiful. She had a maturity and sensitive nature that was I really admired in her character. I loved how she was able to look beyond the surface and see there was so much more to him than a disfigurement.
Bottom Line- Crazy Beautiful is a love story, but its so much more than that too. It deals with profound issues of loss, friendship, healing and second chances. The raw emotions of both the main characters are often painfulLucius wasnt the only person coping with trauma in his life. At the beginning of the novel, Aurora was just getting over the loss of a parent; the pain of which was all too raw. But Baratz-Logsted punctuated their story with moments of sharp humor, making sure Crazy Beautiful never detoured into a sappy love story. Ive read a lot of reviews that said Crazy Beautiful will keep you coming back for more and after reading this novel, I understand why so many people felt that way. Crazy Beautiful is a smart, compelling novel that stays with you long after you have finished it, and I am certain that I will also be going back to it again and again.