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Monday, January 26, 2009

At Face Value by Emily Franklin

Synopsis from barnesandnoble.com:

"In this modern love story, Cyrano de Bergerac is reinvented as a brilliant and funny seventeen-year-old . . . girl. A tennis champion, straight-A student, and editor of the school paper, Cyrie Bergerac has learned to live with her (ahem) peculiar proboscis. And she's got an armory of witty retorts for every schnoz joke that comes her way. But despite her talents and charm, Cyrie is convinced that no guy—hot or otherwise—would deem her crush-worthy. Certainly not Eddie "Rox" Roxanninoff, who's gorgeous, smart, and genuinely nice to boot!

There's someone else smitten with Rox, too. It's Leyla, Cyrie's pretty yet tongue-tied best friend. Helping Leyla seduce Rox through email provides a wonderful way for Cyrie to express her true feelings. But watching her crush hook up with Leyla may be more than she can take. Will Cyrie find the strength to risk it all—nose be damned—and confess her love?"

I know this sounds really ridiculous, but I didn't realize this was a retelling of Cyrano. I guess I've been out of the classic literature so long, I didn't even think about it. I was just enjoying the story! But that aside... I really liked this book. It took me back to the thoughts and feelings I definitely had through high school about friends and life in general. It's a little predictable and I had a few moments of feeling embarassed for the main character, Cyrie. But besides that, I had a lot of fun with this one.

Girls in general are really going to like this book. It's got a bit of the "moral of the story" ending, but that doesn't so much take away from the overall feel of the story (which it usually does for me). Here are some other blog reviews: Here, and here. And check out the author's Librarything account :).

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