We Are the Perfect Girl
She’s the beauty, I’m the bold one–together, we are the perfect girl… Aphra Brown is bold and outgoing. Her best friend, Bethany, is achingly beautiful. Individually, they could both do a little better in the self-esteem department, but together? Together, they have what it takes to win over Greg D’Agostino, a proverbial “ten,” who happens to be fluent in six languages–seven if you count the language of smoldering gazes . . .What begins as an honest mistake turns into an elaborate deception, wherein Bethany goes on dates with Greg while Aphra coaches her on what to say, and texts him in the guise of Bethany, trying and failing, all the while, to tamp down her own hopeless crush. It’s only a matter of time before things come crashing down. The question is: What will happen when Greg finds out? And can Aphra and Bethany’s friendship survive the fallout? From the author of We Regret to Inform You comes a witty, warm-hearted exploration of love in all its forms, and a cris-de-coeur for self-acceptance when the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming.

We Are the Perfect Girl Details

TitleWe Are the Perfect Girl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780525647102
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance

We Are the Perfect Girl Review

  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis was a lot of fun - light, with low-key drama, void of instagramming and youtubing, with kids DOING REAL STUFF, and focused largely on a friendship between two girls.But Bethany was ROBBED in a big way; and the author never did her justice, IMO. *upset on behalf of all quiet girls in the world*
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  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    That was so good I'm almost mad about it. If you've ever listened to my recs for Emma Mills and loved them, listen to me about how much you will love this one.
  • Catie
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 starsInsightful, addictive, and HILARIOUS: this is one of the best YA books I've read all year.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This is a clever and humorous re-imagining of Cyrano de Bergerac story about a girl named Aphra who struggles with an immense amount of body dysmorphia and a crushing fear that she'll never be loved for who she is. We figure this out early on in the book, especially when we discover why she and her sister have had a falling out and she hashes it out with her therapist, but it takes Aphra the entire book to come to this understanding.For one of her classes, Aphra is assigned the creation of an Ap This is a clever and humorous re-imagining of Cyrano de Bergerac story about a girl named Aphra who struggles with an immense amount of body dysmorphia and a crushing fear that she'll never be loved for who she is. We figure this out early on in the book, especially when we discover why she and her sister have had a falling out and she hashes it out with her therapist, but it takes Aphra the entire book to come to this understanding.For one of her classes, Aphra is assigned the creation of an App, which will be worth a third of her final grade. She develops an AI app that allows people to seek advice and help and through interaction with the app, users feed the machine language and knowledge which can then be used to best serve the user. In other words, it can figure out the signs of struggle and offer up the appropriate resources. But the app malfunctions and, scared of what will happen with her grade, Aphra decides she can fake the app's intelligence by . . . answering inquiries herself. It's all fine and good until a classmate -- her best friend's crush -- begins using the app and he and Aphra bond unexpectedly.Rather than fess up, Aphra allows a misunderstanding to occur. She slips out of school and has her best friend Bethany turn in her assignment. There's a series of mistaken identities, and suddenly, the boy who Aphra has been chatting on the app with believes it's Bethany behind the app. Bethany has been deeply in like with this boy for forever, and even though she's painfully shy, it's this misunderstanding that leads to them finally getting together. And Aphra helping Bethany open up to him.There's a lot of comedy here in the errors, as well as in Aphra's voice. She's loud and outspoken, unafraid to be the center of attention. The thing is, it's a mask for what she's really feeling and thinking inside. There's a tremendous relationship with her younger brother here, and I felt like the friendship between Aphra and Bethany was really well done. It was up and down, and their fallout made way for Aphra to have a reckoning with herself. "We are the perfect girl" is a single line in the book, wherein Aphra realizes if she -- a self-proclaimed bland-looking but personality-winning girl -- and her best friend Bethany -- a gorgeous girl with a quieter, shier personality -- were one, they'd be perfect. It's this line and belief, though, that are unraveled and worked through for Aphra. She is who she is, and she doesn't need to change anything or believe anything more in order to be truly loved for who she is. She doesn't need to be more. She doesn't need to be less.Also fun? Aphra is a member of her local crew team, which is something I see so little of in YA. Kaplan's books just work so well for me. I loved this one. An excellent retelling and exploration of mental health, self-worth, friendship, and family.
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars “My heart always timidly hides itself behind my mind. I set out to bring down stars from the sky; then for fear of ridicule, I stop and pick little flowers of eloquence.” - Edmond Rastand, Cyrano de Bergerac I had so much fun reading this book. I physically laughed out loud like 3 times in the first chapter. We are the Perfect Girl is a retelling of 19th century play, Cyrano de Bergerac, all about body dysmorphia and personal acceptance. We Are the Perfect Girl is a hilarious and im 4.5 stars “My heart always timidly hides itself behind my mind. I set out to bring down stars from the sky; then for fear of ridicule, I stop and pick little flowers of eloquence.” - Edmond Rastand, Cyrano de Bergerac I had so much fun reading this book. I physically laughed out loud like 3 times in the first chapter. We are the Perfect Girl is a retelling of 19th century play, Cyrano de Bergerac, all about body dysmorphia and personal acceptance. We Are the Perfect Girl is a hilarious and impactful story about self acceptance and friendship. Things I Liked Bethany and Aphra’s friendship is the greatest thing in the world to me. They felt like genuine friends. I got their history and special quirks that make their relationship unique. And while they do go through some trials, I just loved seeing them together. Aphra’s vibrant personality perfectly complemented Bethany’s more reserved nature.Aphra’s journey is so well done. She really has trouble recognizing all the wonderful parts of herself, and loves to diminish her worth and accomplishments to let others shine brighter. But I loved her therapy sessions and seeing her work though these issues to try and grow.I did really love most of the family relationships in the story. Aphra’s parents are wonderful, even if they struggle to find a work-life balance sometimes. Aphra’s little brother is an angel and I love him dearly - as does Aphra. I did have some mixed thoughts about Delia, APhra’s older sister, but I warmed up to her as the story progressed. Things I Didn’t Like I’m torn on my thoughts about the ending of the story - I simultaneously liked it and thought it felt a little rushed. But I didn’t need more to make the story feel complete, but more would have added to the story.Overall this was just suck a wildly enjoyable book that I can’t help but think happy little thoughts about it. The platonic relationships were there, the romantic relationships were there (and they brought the drama). We Are the Perfect Girl manages to impart a powerful and important message without feeling preachy or stifled. It’s truly a well balanced story that will keep you engaged from page one. I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsAphra had experienced many kinds of love. She had been showered with lots of "storge" (familial love) from her family, and was lucky enough to share scads of "philia" (brotherly love) with her best friend, Bethany, but Aphra was longing to experience that elusive "eros" - romantic love. She wanted a boy to look at her and really see her, but all they seemed to notice was her not-so-attractive nose. Therefore, she was left watching as her best friend embarked on a relationship wi Rating: 4.5 StarsAphra had experienced many kinds of love. She had been showered with lots of "storge" (familial love) from her family, and was lucky enough to share scads of "philia" (brotherly love) with her best friend, Bethany, but Aphra was longing to experience that elusive "eros" - romantic love. She wanted a boy to look at her and really see her, but all they seemed to notice was her not-so-attractive nose. Therefore, she was left watching as her best friend embarked on a relationship with Aphra's years long crush, and Aphra may have had a hand in making it happen.• Pro: Kaplan writes books I enjoy reading, and this one was a clear hit for me. The characters, the story, the banter, the feels -- it was all there. Not only was the story entertaining, it was thoughtful and thought provoking. • Pro: Aphra, how I adored thee! I loved her bravado and her can do attitude so much. She was so witty and funny, and often left me in stitches. But, Aphra was also a young woman trying to not let the beauty standard get her down, and there were times it did. Those times, when she showed her vulnerability were heartbreaking, and I may have gotten a little emotional and wanted to hug her. • Pro: Though they experienced a few bumps during the course of this story, Aphra and Bethany enjoyed a beautiful friendship, and in the end, philia conquered all. • Pro: I thought Kaplan did an incredible job with this retelling. It was very true to the original, but also fresh and new. I liked that she focused more on the friendship, and how it evolved as Aphra and Bethany worked through this covert-love-triangle situation. • Pro: The exploration of the beauty standard and how it affected Aphra was accomplished quite well. I especially liked, that much of that happened with the guidance of Aphra's therapist, who was yet another fantastic character. • Pro: There was something really beautiful about the ending, and the choices Kaplan made. When I was telling my co-blogger about it, she agreed, it was a nice choice. There was this one loose end, I would have liked tied up, but it only left me a tiny bit wanting, and didn't diminish the value of the ending. Overall: A wonderful, and often humorous tale of one young woman's journey to realizing her self worth isn't tied to her physical beauty. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Loose retelling of the Cyrano DeBergerac story. The ‘beautiful’ friend is shy and awkward and can’t string two words together. The ‘ugly’ friend, through a series of miscommunications and one specific request, ends up texting and communicating with their shared crush. All the while, the crush believes it to be the beautiful one. When all is revealed, the boy is actually hurt that the girls would think he was so shallow and concerned with outward appearances. They all struggle with the question o Loose retelling of the Cyrano DeBergerac story. The ‘beautiful’ friend is shy and awkward and can’t string two words together. The ‘ugly’ friend, through a series of miscommunications and one specific request, ends up texting and communicating with their shared crush. All the while, the crush believes it to be the beautiful one. When all is revealed, the boy is actually hurt that the girls would think he was so shallow and concerned with outward appearances. They all struggle with the question of whether it is more important to be pretty or feel pretty.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so much more than I expected when I started to read it. Full of humor and heart, this modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is just perfect. It is a story of mistakes that lead to heartbreak and pain, though intentions are honest and pure. Aphra is a junior who is working on a project for her coding class. She has created an app that will respond to human questions. When she realizes her long time crush Greg is messaging her, she begins to bond with him. Through some little hiccup This book was so much more than I expected when I started to read it. Full of humor and heart, this modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is just perfect. It is a story of mistakes that lead to heartbreak and pain, though intentions are honest and pure. Aphra is a junior who is working on a project for her coding class. She has created an app that will respond to human questions. When she realizes her long time crush Greg is messaging her, she begins to bond with him. Through some little hiccups, Greg draws the conclusion that he has been talking to Aphra's bestie, Bethany (who has a crush on Greg). As the story moves forward, Aphra has to deal with her feelings about Greg and the role she plays in her personal relationships. Meanwhile Aphra is also dealing with her family and changes that have taken place and are currently taking place. This is a story about acceptance of ones self and I love the way the author used counseling in a positive way for Aphra to move through some of her issues. This story deals with love and friendship in a heavy and heartfelt way. This story is funny and full of witty, loveable characters. Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5. I received an ARC from Alfred A Knopf Books For Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This was really damn good, y’all. The 4.5 is my resentment of the “liar revealed” trope in general and a couple of small nitpicks. This is one of the best YA books I’ve ever read, by far.My full review can be read here: http://twincitiesgeek.com/2019/05/we-...
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I adore Aphra and everyone else sucks. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh. But not too far off how I was left feeling at the end of this. I haven't read anything else by this author, but I am interested in checking out her other work after reading this. This book was funny, fast paced, and very relatable. It tackled some more serious issues as well, but managed to remain interesting and engaging throughout. I had trouble putting this book down, and was sad when it was over. This is a satisfying I adore Aphra and everyone else sucks. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh. But not too far off how I was left feeling at the end of this. I haven't read anything else by this author, but I am interested in checking out her other work after reading this. This book was funny, fast paced, and very relatable. It tackled some more serious issues as well, but managed to remain interesting and engaging throughout. I had trouble putting this book down, and was sad when it was over. This is a satisfying stand alone, but I would totally read more about these characters. *Or at least Aphra. :PTo be honest, I love love loved Aphra. I loved her narrative voice. I enjoyed seeing her confidence in her abilities and how she encouraged others. Yes, she had her issues. But she was genuinely working on those. And honestly, I still think she got ripped off in the end. She was there for and supporting basically the entire cast of characters, cheerfully and willingly, the whole time. Sure maybe they didn't explicitly ask her to every single time, although sometimes they did. But these people were obviously failing and she was just helping pick up the slack. And for some reason at the end everyone seemed to think she was in the wrong for doing that? It infuriated me when her mom was saying that she was too involved in Kit's life? Like WHAT did you just say to me woman? Dude, maybe if you were taking care of your own child, his sister wouldn't have felt the need to step in. She's 17. Is she just supposed to be like oh, mom and dad didn't come home and feed you dinner? Oh well, not my problem. Her parents would have seemed like the absolute worst if it weren't for her horrible sister and terrible best friend. I don't even want to talk about her sister. With sisters like that, who needs enemies? And Bethany? Bethany has serious issues. I'm not sure Aphra still needed to be in therapy, but Bethany certainly did. There's "shy" and then there's literally not being able to speak to anyone ever. That's not normal, even for a shy kid. (I was a shy kid. Still feel that way sometimes.) Bethany was portrayed as not being able to function in regular society. And Aphra is in the wrong for trying to help her when Bethany specifically asked her to? (I mean obviously Aphra screwed up with the app thing, but aside from that...) I even had trouble liking Greg because I really felt like he should have known better than to go after Bethany. And what kind of guy is just fine with dating someone and making out with someone who never speaks to them? What a classy guy. Anyway, it sounds like I hated everything about this book. I really didn't. I wanted to slap some of the characters at times, but that just means I was really into it. I definitely had strong feelings about this one, and overall enjoyed the time I spent reading it. I also realize some of the issues stem from the source material limitations, and I'm okay with that. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun YA contemporary with a lot of heart. This one also had an added bonus for me of being set in my hometown, (I took a class at the NOVA Annandale campus! I went to GMU parties!) so that was a fun, nostalgic surprise for me. *Thank you to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • J.
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars.I hadn't really heard of this book, and I'm not sure how much I love the Cyrano concept, but one of my good friends gave it to me, and I both trust her taste and know that she knows mine, so I was still excited to read it. Plus, I love a good YA contemporary romance basically anytime.And it did not disappoint! Ariel Kaplan is a great writer--really clever, fun lines, real characters, real dysfunctions. Plus, how could I not love it when Greg speaks six languages (I speak Actual rating: 3.5 stars.I hadn't really heard of this book, and I'm not sure how much I love the Cyrano concept, but one of my good friends gave it to me, and I both trust her taste and know that she knows mine, so I was still excited to read it. Plus, I love a good YA contemporary romance basically anytime.And it did not disappoint! Ariel Kaplan is a great writer--really clever, fun lines, real characters, real dysfunctions. Plus, how could I not love it when Greg speaks six languages (I speak seven, and it's something people often point out), and in the first chapter, I saw Russian TWICE! Russian is my newest language and possibly my favorite, so all the Russian I saw here made me so happy.I liked this a lot. I've recently become more and more enamored of the Enneagram, and Aphra is definitely a classic 2--which is what I also am--but with all the lovable messiness of being an unhealthy 2, growing up and in high school. As a result, I related so hard to her, and this book meant a lot in those ways. Namely, that way of genuinely wanting to help others, but having it subconsciously be more self-serving and problematic than you actually want it to be. I have a very healthy self-esteem, including self-image, but Aphra's subtle self-deception and way of buying into ideas of conventional beauty are so real. I love that Kaplan dug into real issues in deep, complicated, and interesting ways. I also love that the therapist is a fairly integral part of the story, because she is great and she adds so much.This book was also just really funny. I laughed out loud several times. I also thought Greg and Bethany were great characters, and loved the overall optimistic tone of the book--which is largely thanks to Aphra, the narrator. This is a great example of a really likable, genuinely kind, well-intended heroine that is still obviously flawed and has a long way to go and grow. I didn't mind all the antics because Aphra is a great character to spend all this time with. Also, even a lot of the side plots were super interesting and creative, I thought. For example, Bethany's mom wanting to escape Colin, the basement-dwelling 20-year-old brother, and how that plays out.I kind of wish the romance had developed more, but I still loved the ending so I can't complain too much.In terms of explicit content: lots of f-bombs, some on-screen underage drinking by the main character, and references to mature topics, like drug use and sex. It's certainly upper level YA in terms of references, but the actual romantic content of the book (i.e., what the main characters do) is considerably tamer.I definitely want to check out more by Kaplan! This was a treat.
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I felt it was well written and put together. It was fun, light and fluffy but in a different way than most contemporaries are wrote. I could once again relate to the main character and or young girl Aphra Brown she supposelyisn't that pretty and possibly less than average and her sister and her used to look very similar.Aphra also supposely has a beautiful best friend Bethany.Aphra creates a counselor chatbot program for a tech design class but, the chatbotdoesn' I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I felt it was well written and put together. It was fun, light and fluffy but in a different way than most contemporaries are wrote. I could once again relate to the main character and or young girl Aphra Brown she supposelyisn't that pretty and possibly less than average and her sister and her used to look very similar.Aphra also supposely has a beautiful best friend Bethany.Aphra creates a counselor chatbot program for a tech design class but, the chatbotdoesn't seem to work properly so instead of letting her teacher know this and fear of failingshe stands in for the counselor chatbot however she ends up talking to the same guy her and herbest friend have a super huge crush on.I love Aphra's character she is intelligent, sassy and sarcastic but fun however, I will stop there as to not give any spoilers of this storyas it is just a amazing great adventure with Aphra Brown and Her Best Friend Bethany.I enjoyed how the author approached this issue/situation with Beauty and Or Being Less Than Beautiful according to society standards. Now this is a arc so I did find a couple typo errors but, those should be fixed when it comes out and in chapter 16 I was confused how Greg thought he was talking to Bethany but other than that it was a really great fun story that was so enjoyable to read and a very quick read for me. I look forward to reading more by this author.As for the cover of the book it is okay I didn't care for it but, I figure some will like it and others will not but, it is fine for the story.
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  • Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
    January 1, 1970
    The reason behind grabbing myself an ARC of this book is actually quite funny. I knew I was going to need a pick-me-up after watching Avengers: End Game, so I turned to this book, in hopes it would lift my spirits. [Which, hey, I totally did need after curling up into a ball and crying!]For the youngins who never experienced Gerard Depardieu's Cyrano de Bergerac—you missed out—also you need to watch it. I loved this movie when I was little. I fell head over heels for Gerard in this version and t The reason behind grabbing myself an ARC of this book is actually quite funny. I knew I was going to need a pick-me-up after watching Avengers: End Game, so I turned to this book, in hopes it would lift my spirits. [Which, hey, I totally did need after curling up into a ball and crying!]For the youngins who never experienced Gerard Depardieu's Cyrano de Bergerac—you missed out—also you need to watch it. I loved this movie when I was little. I fell head over heels for Gerard in this version and therefore when I saw this retelling of the story I jumped at the opportunity to read it! This is a modern day/gender bent twist to the story. It's quirky, it's funny, and most importantly it is relatable. It touches on some heavy things in sometimes lighter ways, without overly shifting the light-hearted mood. I absolutely adored Aphra. I felt for her and could understand her. And while this is a 'romantic' retelling, and romance is in it, it really focuses on the friendship between Aphra and Bethany. How much they mean to one another, how their friendship has and does evolve. The most fascinating thing was watching if their relationship makes it through the trials and tribulations of the events that take place. Overall, I really enjoyed this read. I didn't want to put it down. 4 savvy crowns! :)
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  • Luna
    January 1, 1970
    I would give this book 3.5 stars.I really enjoyed Ariel Kaplan’s writing style and I found myself hooked and engaged through the entire book.Some plusses of the novel were that it had good character development and we were able to see how the characters developed and grew into each other which I enjoyed. Though I did feel like some supporting characters were a bit hollow and not fully fleshed out, I think that overall the author did a good job.What I did not like was the insta-love, it was just I would give this book 3.5 stars.I really enjoyed Ariel Kaplan’s writing style and I found myself hooked and engaged through the entire book.Some plusses of the novel were that it had good character development and we were able to see how the characters developed and grew into each other which I enjoyed. Though I did feel like some supporting characters were a bit hollow and not fully fleshed out, I think that overall the author did a good job.What I did not like was the insta-love, it was just so cringe. These are highschoolers who have been dating for two weeks but all of a sudden they are deeply in love with each other? That is highly suspect.Another problem with the book was the timing as I felt like the book was a bit too short so it ended up with the overall story being rushed and the characters weren’t well explored. and I felt that the resolution was reached too quickly without much of a problem. I received this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sofia Sanchez
    January 1, 1970
    Rating 4.5 but I tend to go with 5 instead of actually selecting 4 if I can see my self picking the book up again fairly soonKaplan writes about relatable topics using very accessible language. The story is told from the point of view of a high school teenage girl. What I loved about it was that it was actually believable instead of feeling like you are talking to a self appointed "cool mom" trying to use hip lingo. I loved the characters and the way the characters develop throughout the book de Rating 4.5 but I tend to go with 5 instead of actually selecting 4 if I can see my self picking the book up again fairly soonKaplan writes about relatable topics using very accessible language. The story is told from the point of view of a high school teenage girl. What I loved about it was that it was actually believable instead of feeling like you are talking to a self appointed "cool mom" trying to use hip lingo. I loved the characters and the way the characters develop throughout the book developing complexity. It was a quick read I probably could have finished it sooner but I had other things going on. I definitely would and will recommend! #goodreadsgiveaways
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  • Sara Dempster
    January 1, 1970
    I already knew I was going to fall for this one, since I'm a sucker for any kind of retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, but We Are the Perfect Girl is an EXCEPTIONAL retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. Aphra, Bethany, and Greg are all wonderful, fully fleshed-out characters, and I enjoyed all of them. Plus, it passes the Bechdel test.
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  • Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this so much more than I anticipated. I'm not a huge fan of Cyrano remakes, as I think there's something slightly creepy about it, but Ariel Kaplan's gender-swapped version is so well done. I also love that it's set in Northern Virginia, and that it's really the friendship between the two girls that means the most.
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    Great romance, and it was really funny! Plus the author is from NOVA, which is awesome.
  • Michelle Kessler
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC at the NOVA Teen Book Festival.
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    I really love a great retelling and I am pretty sure that I have never read one of Cyrano de Bergerac. The cover is really eye-catching and makes me want to know more about the story behind the shirt. I have never read any of this author’s books before, but I have heard some great things. I can’t wait to see how the story works out.
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  • Isabelle
    January 1, 1970
    Hi Cyrano de Bergerac is one of my absolute favorite books I have ever read for class and I love gender-bent retellings, so of course I need this in my life.
  • Camryn
    January 1, 1970
    This stressed me out so much. I liked it at the beginning, but then I was having actual anxiety. I also couldn’t stand Bethany, so I’m sure that changed things.
  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I love this book so much! There's so many things about it that are just perfect. The writing is so clever and heartfelt. It addresses serious topics like therapy but it also has humorous moments that will make you laugh out loud. I liked how lighthearted it was while giving readers a smart and honest look at female friendships and self-love. The book is mainly about friendship and I really liked how it showed that friendship and romantic love I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I love this book so much! There's so many things about it that are just perfect. The writing is so clever and heartfelt. It addresses serious topics like therapy but it also has humorous moments that will make you laugh out loud. I liked how lighthearted it was while giving readers a smart and honest look at female friendships and self-love. The book is mainly about friendship and I really liked how it showed that friendship and romantic love are both just as important. Most importantly, it gives teens who are struggling to accept and love themselves the story of a girl who makes mistakes and continues to fight through it for a chance to begin again. The book was humorous and lighthearted while also being authentic and powerful. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good read. Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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