Friday, August 12, 2011

Flawless by Lara Chapman

[description from goodreads]

Sarah Burke is just about perfect. She's got killer blue eyes, gorgeous blond hair, and impeccable grades. There's just one tiny-all right, enormous-flaw: her nose. But even that's not so bad. Sarah's got the best best friend and big goals for print journalism fame.

On the first day of senior year, Rock Conway walks into her journalism class and, well, rocks her world. Problem is, her best friend, Kristen, falls for him too. And when Rock and Kristen stand together, it's like Barbie and Ken come to life. So when Kristen begs Sarah to help her nab Rock, Sarah does the only thing a best friend can do-she agrees. For someone so smart, what was she thinking?

This hip retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is filled with hilariously misguided matchmaking, sweet romance, and a gentle reminder that we should all embrace our flaws.


My knowledge of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac is pretty much limited to that one episode of Boy Meets World, so I was excited to read this book and see if a retelling could be successful even without Cory or Shawn. This one was, but I must say that it didn't quite live up to Boy Meets World. (But, then again, does anything?)

I think my main issue with this book is that I inherently despise tales of "ugly" main characters and their hot best friends. It is so annoying to read about, especially when there is a boy involved, as there is in this story. However, I did warm up to this pair of best friends more so than I do in other books. Sarah and Kristen did really seem like best friends; they complemented each other well and always meant the best for one another. I liked seeing them interact when there were no boys around, because it really helped to emphasize why they were so close and why Sarah was helping Kristen with Rock in the first place. Still, though, I was so frustrated with the both of them. I couldn't believe Kristen was even interested in Rock because of how different they were; the mistakes she made around him were funny, but they were so frequent that I don't understand what they even saw in one another. I was also admittedly a bit annoyed with Sarah for even going through with the plan, even though it was easier to see why she helped than why Kristen was so desperate for her aid.

There were also a few other things in this book that I had mixed feelings on. Besides Sarah writing notes and whatnot to Rock for Kristen, there was also the issue of Sarah's nose. I appreciated that at least some people agreed that her nose was a disaster, because I feel like most heroines say they are ugly but really aren't. However, there were plenty of other people who thought she was, and it was nice to see Sarah try to deal with them and her mixed feelings about getting surgery to fix it. A few other story lines were a bit questionable, though. There is a boy who likes Sarah, but, unfortunately, he suffers from being so flat that I can't remember his name, a true sign that it wasn't going well for him. I liked his inclusion so that Sarah could try to accept Kristen and Rock, but I wish he was around more. Similarly, I wish Sarah's mom was around more. She plays a big role in Sarah's life, but the story line involving her and her workmates was just a bit random.

I could have used with way more development of the minor story lines, but I did still find Flawless to be a drama-filled, well-written, and fun retelling.

Book details: Bloomsbury/Paperback/$9.99

Source: sent by publisher for review

1 comment:

  1. Great review...this has been on my list and I definitely still want to read it. And love the Boy Meets World show ever!