Plot[ edit ] Kyle Kingsbury is rich, handsome and popular; he is also selfish, shallow and cruel. He plays a mean practical joke on an outcast girl in his class. The girl is really a witch named Kendra in disguise. The witch then curses him for his cruelty. He is turned into a beast; however, because he performed a small act of kindness shortly before his transformation when he gave an unwanted rose corsage to a girl working a ticket booth, she gives him two years to break the spell, or remain a beast forever. The only way he can turn back to normal is if he truly loves a girl and gets her to love him in return, proving the love with a kiss.
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This probably influenced my interest in witches. When I was five, my mom said I should be an author. And when I was eight, I got my first rejection letter from Highlights Magazine. I learned to read early. But I compensated for this early proficiency by absolutely refusing to read the programmed readers required by the school system -- workbooks where you read the story, then answered the questions. When the other kids were on Book 20, I was on Book 1! My teacher, Mrs.
Zeiser, told my mother, "Alexandra marches to her own drummer. My family moved to Miami when I was in middle school. I had a really hard time making I was born on Long Island and grew up on a street called Salem Court. I had a really hard time making friends, so I spent a lot of time reading and writing then.
It was law school that probably helped with my first novel. Breathing Underwater deals with the serious and all-too-common problem of dating violence. I thought this was a really important topic, as 27 percent of teenage girls surveyed have been hit by a boyfriend. I think I write for young-adults because I never quite got over being one. In my mind, I am still years-old, running laps on the athletic field, wearing this really baggy white gymsuit.
So I try to write books that gymsuit girl might enjoy. Right now, I live half a mile away from my old middle school, in Palmetto Bay, a suburb of Miami, with my husband, daughters, dogs, and cats.
This probably influenced my interest in witches. When I was five, my mom said I should be an author. And when I was eight, I got my first rejection letter from Highlights Magazine. I learned to read early.