Beau & Bett

An entertaining YA romance with multilayered characters—a winner.” -Kirkus Reviews

“What starts out as a gender-swapped yet distinctly familiar retelling of Beauty and the Beast becomes a contemporary story that touches on issues of harassment and the #MeToo movement…Berla pulls off a fairy-tale adaptation that stands on its own without magic…” -School Library Journal



Awarded 2018 Perfect 10 by VOYA Magazine

“The charming story is mostly heartwarming and light, with convincing portrayals of teenagers attempting to distinguish between lust and a desire for companionship. But the book also deals with more serious topics like grief, aging, illness, and heartbreak—making it both entertaining and poignant.

A delightful, realistic novel about a lovable high school senior dealing with normal—and not-so-normal—teenage issues.” -Kirkus Reviews

“This coming-of-age novel has many threads, but the author satisfactorily attempts to highlight the hidden casualties of war and the devastating effects of dementia. The first-person narrative provides deeper understanding of the male teen mind-set.” -School Library Journal



The book’s subject matter is relevant and relatable, and its plot is suspenseful and compelling, with a few important twists and turns at the end. Berla’s prose is beautiful and poignant, with elegant, effective metaphors…

A moving, mysterious coming-of-age story.” -Kirkus Reviews

“…unfolds beautifully into a tale that teens and tweens will enjoy. VERDICT…A strong purchase.” -School Library Journal



A thoughtful, engaging novel that combines genres well.” -Kirkus Reviews