Thursday, August 04, 2011

Flawless Review

Title: Flawless
Author: Lara Chapman
Publication Date: April 29, 2011 by Bloomsbury

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.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Sarah Burke thinks she is perfect except for one fatal flaw- her monstrous nose. She is used to the jokes, stares and the unexpected silences that follow her everywhere. She manages all of this with the help of her best friend Kristen. Their senior year begins with the new boy Rock who both friends want for completely different reasons. Sarah has finally found a person that can look past the disaster on her face and that genuinely likes all the things that she enjoys as well. Kristen thinks he is hot and begs Sarah to help her seem smart to impress Rock.

Only one thing annoyed me about this book. I couldn't understand why Sarah's mom always tried to convince her daughter about plastic surgery to remove her imperfect nose. But as I read I could see why her mom pushed her. Sarah's mom was just trying to protect her from the endless teasing. Sarah's mom realizes that her daughter can defend herself plenty against people out to ruin her and her family.

Chapman's Flawless is a really great story of how we should accept ourselves no matter what. And also, that if we want something with everything in our being then we should take a chance and see what happens.

*reviewed by Shundrika, 15 @ OV

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