Author: Lara Chapman
Expected publication: May 10th 2011 by Bloomsbury
Source: ARC from publisher for review
Summary: "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."
Thoughts:Wow, I ended up loving his book far more than I thought I would. Flawless is a fantabulous retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, with all the drama of high school and young love, and not one boring moment.
If you know the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, you already have an idea of what this novel is about. Sarah is beautiful in every way possible, except for her nose. In fact, strangers will stop, stare, point out and even publicly make fun of her. Luckily, Sarah's never been the type to stand back while others pick on her. She's one tough cookie and even though her mother encourages her to get a nose job, she refuses to do so. I loved Sarah's strength, and even when things got rough (really rough), she refused to let go of her morals. I wish I could've been that strong when I was in high school. Heck, I wish I could be that strong now.
As an added bonus, I must tell you how incredibly adorable Rock Conway was. I absolutely loved his emails and his overall personality. Who doesn't love a boy who, too, loves literature? Aren't those the best kinds of boys? While he may have a few faults, they ended up just making him feel more real. Sometimes, I just wanted to shake him and tell him to just look at Sarah. But boys will be boys, and it doesn't help when girls are scamming them.
Though, at times, I wanted to hate Sarah's best friend Kristen, I couldn't help but love her. Her humor and clueless personality had me laugh so hard, I almost cried. Plus, as far as friends go, Kristen is as loyal as they get. She actually reminded me of one of my best friends, so I did have a soft spot for her. Everyone should have a Kristen in their life, and I'm glad Sarah did.
All in all, Flawless is a marvelous debut, with lovable characters and amazing chemistry. Dare I saw Flawless is flawless? I stayed up till 3:00 AM finishing this novel, so I recommend leaving yourself plenty of time to read it. I'm definitely looking forward to Lara Chapman's sophomore novel and can't wait to see what else she has in store for us.