Review| Beauty and the Beach – Kayla Tirrell

It’s not secret anymore that Kayla Tirrell has become one of my favorite authors. That being said, today I am sharing my review for her newest book, Beauty and the Beach. This book is a part of the Boys of Summer series multiple authors are participating in. They’re all standalones, but take place in the same small town.

A big thanks to the author for, once again, providing me with an ARC to read and review!

A tale as old as time… with a twist!

Rose had it all until melanoma left her scarred at the ripe age of eighteen. Now, she’s Sterling’s most infamous recluse, and no one knows why except for her family.

Adam spends his summers working at the local tourist trap to help his mom make ends meet. So when his neighbor offers to pay him enough to cover rent for a month if he breaks into Rose Beaumont’s house, he jumps at the opportunity.

This chance encounter between two teens from opposite sides of the beach soon transforms into something more. But just when things start heating up, secrets that can destroy everything threaten to surface.

Beauty and the Beach is a genderbent retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is a novella in the Boys of Summer series, a collaboration between several YA authors. They are all standalone stories that take place in the same fictional town.


Kayla Tirrell has become an author that I know will give me a story with characters I come to love. Beauty and the Beach didn’t disappoint and I once again got amazing characters and a fun summer read. This genderbent retelling of Beauty and the Beast is a perfect summer read!

Adam hopes to spend his summer surfing, but he knows he’ll be working as well. He needs to help his mom with the bills. After family tragedy they’re still struggling a bit. When he gets an offer that will help take some of the pressure off of his situation, he can’t resist. But will his conscience let him go through with it?

“He might actually see me for who I am – the girl I want to be.”

Rose was the popular girl in high school and has now hidden herself away from everyone since she had to have surgery that left her with a big scar on her face. She’s not sure how to get back out there since melanoma left its mark. Can a boy she doesn’t know pull her back out of her shell?

For such a short story, both characters go through a lot and there is a big amount of character development. I loved their interactions and how even though they don’t know each other that well, things really make them start analyzing their own situations. I think they found the other at a moment when they were both in need of some extra support.

“Anyone who wants to judge me for something out of my control isn’t someone I want to impress anyway.”

Even though this book deals with some more intense/sensitive subjects, it didn’t feel rushed being a short story. I loved how everything played out and my only complaint is that I really would’ve loved to have more of these two characters!

If you’re looking for a fast and fun beach read, definitely pick up this book. I know it left a smile on my face. I will definitely be checking of the other books in the Boys of Summer series.

Even though I’ve read many Beauty and the Beast retellings, I love that authors still know how to give an unique take on the story. What’s your favorite retelling?

4 thoughts on “Review| Beauty and the Beach – Kayla Tirrell

    1. Yeah, it was a really fun take and a short story. I would’ve wanted more, haha.

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