ARC from Bloomsbury
Published May 10, 2011
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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.
I was so excited when Bloomsbury emailed me about reviewing Flawless that I literally jumped for joy! I'm a huge fan of re-tellings that have a modern and teenage twist to them. I was a little worried how Lara Chapman would bring Cyrano de Bergerac to the twenty-first century (were the characters going to be hiding in bushes while they professed their love to a guy standing on a balcony?) Luckily my worries were totally uncalled for, Flawless was absolutely incredible!
The main character Sarah is tough, witty and a little overly-organized. I connected with her insecurities about her looks immediately. I loved how she put a strong front on the outside, but was really battling herself on the inside. One of my favorite things about Sarah is how easily she touched my heart. Everything she would say or do was so her best friend Kristen would be happy. This left me wishing nothing more than wanting Sarah to stick up for her desires and know that she is beautiful.
I really enjoyed how Sarah's best friend, Kristen, wasn't portrayed as a bad friend or a jerk. She was honestly oblivious to Sarah's feelings and wasn't trying to hurt her friend in any way. Since Kristen was always looking out and wanting the best for Sarah it was super easy to love Kristen almost as much as Sarah.
I loved Rock! There is not many young adult books out there that have a guy that is intelligent, fiercely caring and witty. I liked how Rock didn't completely ignore Sarah or only drooled over Kristen. He thought of Sarah as a good friend and looked out for her feelings. But not only are Rock's personality traits amazing, but he's a super hunk too! Tall, dark and oh so handsome... yum!
The message of the story was flat out amazing. I loved how Lara Chapman didn't shove it in your face, but instead helped you get to the realization on your own through Sarah. So many times throughout the book I found myself yelling "Sarah, don't you dare change for anyone!" which obviously can be carried over into real life and ourselves. I loved how Flawless was both inspirational to love yourself, but also had me laughing out loud because of funny comments, definitely the perfect mixture.
The ending was absolutely perfect. I loved the build up to the end and I never felt like I was being rushed into it. It was so heart-warmingly sweet but definitely not cheesy.
"Sarah, there are moments in life you can't plan. Moments you'll miss because it's not part of your perfectly organized life."
Lara Chapman's debut is flat out flawless and left me anxiously awaiting her second book. I loved having the opportunity to go on this self discovering journey with Sarah. Flawless is a must read for all ages. It'll help you love your flaws and teach you to fight for your own happiness.