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by Lara Chapman

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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


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.

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Cyrano gets a sex change and goes to high school.

Seventeen-year-old academic superstar Sarah is perfect except for a nose that's so enormously large it literally stops traffic in her high school's hallways. BFF Kristen is not nearly so bright, but she's beautiful, a gifted, fashion-forward shopper, and she definitely knows how to work a room. When Adonis-like newcomer Rock (really!) shows up, both girls fall head-over-heels for him, but Sarah is his intellectual soul mate. Reluctantly, she does what friends are supposed to do—or at least what Kristen guilts her into thinking friends should do: She writes all of the e-mails, love letters and text messages her not-so-bright friend sends, as well as tutoring her on literary and cultural topics. Each chapter begins with a relevant quote on the true nature of beauty, messages Sarah ought to be thinking about, since the walls she's believably built around herself to fend off nose critics have fenced out nearly everyone. While it pushes credibility that Rock doesn't detect the deceit and Kristen isn't sufficiently sensitive to notice Sarah's lust for him, the trying situation is amusing enough to sustain interest, in spite of the worn-out concept (though teens in the know may feel that both Edmond Rostand and Steve Martin did it better).

A teen romance with a little heart, it pushes past other formulaic efforts...by a nose.(Romance. 11 & up)

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
O Cyrano, we meet again. This time he appears as a lovely teenage girl named Sarah Burke, who has just one flaw, her gigantic schnozz. In fact, her nose is so big that strange students in school make fun of it. Other than that, she is intelligent and witty, deeply interested in all things literary and artistic. Only her gorgeous, boy crazy, fashion conscious best friend, Kristen, saves her from ridicule by defending Sarah and her nose with ferocity whenever the chance arises. Otherwise, she is, well, not too interested in anything beyond her own fashion sense and boys. Of course, a godlike being (improbably named Rock Conway) moves into town at the beginning of their senior year and while Sarah falls immediately and deeply into love with her soulmate, Kristen takes a fancy to him; and so, out of loyalty Sarah furthers the romance by impersonating Kirsten, wittily and intelligently, via email and Facebook. Of course, Rock is also interested in all things artistic and literary, but he is so bowled over by Kristen's hotness (not to mention, aggressiveness) that he takes the bait and before long Sarah is tortured by the fact of Rock and Kristen's blossoming relationship. Unlike the original Cyrano, nobody dies and true love eventually wins the day. But tortuous is the path to the happy ending. This is a fun way to introduce the classic and make it relevant for modern teens, but unlike its predecessor, it is not too deep nor particularly poetic. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Although Chapman is no Edmond Rostand, this retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is great fun. Aside from a protruding proboscis, senior Sarah Burke has a lot going for her. She's intelligent and otherwise good-looking. Her too-perfect mother, who had a nose job when she was Sarah's age, keeps bringing up rhinoplasty, but the teen feels confident enough without it. Or so she thinks, until Rock, a hottie who shares her love of literature, moves into town. The two become instant friends but Sarah, who's never dated before, hopes for more from the relationship. The problem is that her best friend is also taken with Rock. No wordsmith, Kristen asks Sarah to send him emails in her name. Sarah is successful at attracting the boy of her dreams—for her friend. Sarah's loyalty is believable, even as she struggles with misleading Rock and her own feelings. It's hard to believe Kristen, who's described as "smart," knows so little about literature but, for the most part, characters are well defined. A subplot about a scheming coworker at the news station where Sarah's mother anchors is not fully developed but plays off nicely against Sarah's dilemma. The ending is predictable but satisfying. Each chapter begins with thoughtful quotes about love. This novel will attract both reluctant readers and literature lovers. A light, but not flawless, read.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

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Bloomsbury USA
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

LARA CHAPMAN teaches fifth-grade language arts and has served as editor of numerous professional journals and organization newsletters. She reads and writes daily and is rarely-if ever-found without her laptop and iPhone. This is her first novel.

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Flawless 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I could not believe that this book was Lara Chapman's first book!!! It was really well written and it was so touching and I think that every girl can relate to the message that is given here. The main character is Sarah Burke, teenage daughter of the very popular Beth Burke, a Houston television news anchor, and her best friend Kristen. But Sarah has always lived with one thing that has held her back in life...her nose. Her mother had a similar one and went thru surgery to change it when she was in her teens and has never looked back. Its her mother's nagging to have her daughter go thru the same surgery that has Sarah struggling with her looks once more. But when the new hottie in school walks in, Sarah is taken with his good looks and charm, but so is Kristen. The difference is Kristen boldly goes after what she wants, leaving Sarah to struggle to keep her emotions in check and help out her best friend get the boy, while she tries to tame her inner voice nagging her about the nose. Along the way we see relationships rise and fall, but the nice thing is the ending, showing that anything can happen in life, and that its more about thinking that everything you have is beautiful in its own way and how you embrace it is what makes the difference. I loved the dialog, the settings were always perfect and I really loved all the references to Houston locations. I will always feel different walking into P.F. Chang's and I have a renewed interest to go the Chocolate Bar now:) Thanks Lara for a great book and I look forward to hearing more from you soon!!!!
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
If you are anything like me and are continually on the lookout for the next fabulous and realistic contemporary YA read, look no further as Lara Chapman's Flawless is the book for you. Finally, here is a book that is not only repeatedly laugh-out-loud funny (sometimes several times per page!) but also presents such realistic and adorable main characters. For high school senior Sarah Burke she's never been flawless. Sure, she has clear blue eyes, blonde hair, and a dazzling future ahead of her, but she is also the girl with the big honker, the nose that nearly anyone notices within a five-mile radius. However, because of her best friend, the perfect and flawless Kristen, Sarah has always felt like the ordinary girl. That is until Rock Conway walks into their lives. Charming, smart, and witty, Rock is the guy Sarah has always been looking for. The thing is Kristen likes him, and she needs Sarah's help in order to gain his attention. Always one to put friendship in front of guys, Sarah quickly comes to Kristen's aide. Yet, what happens as Sarah quickly begins to fall for even more? Will she tell Kristen the truth and get Rock, or will she lose this perfect guy once and for all? Only time and more pages can tell in this sweet and charming coming-of-age tale of acceptance, love, and friendship. My favorite part of this novel would have to be the characters, hands down. Richly developed and full of spunk and wit, it was hard not to love each one of them flaws and all. My favorite would have to be Sarah though. Sarah is a girl I had no trouble relating to, and I feel many other girls (and even boys) will agree. Everyone always has that one friend that's seems to be perfect, and for Sarah that person is her best friend Kristen. The thing Kristen is awesome in her own way. Sure, she's a bit dopey, but she's loyal and a model-worthy friend, making the situation between Kate and her not only complicated to no end, but also well-done to say the least. I also adored Rock.the person everyone was after in this. Sometimes in YA, the leading males are a bit shallow and one-dimensional, but that was not at all the case with Rock. Full of heart, I could not help but love him. He nearly is the perfect guy if there is one.. Furthermore, I loved the plot of this. It was full of tension, drama, and more tension, and I loved every single moment of it. I constantly was flipping the pages, dying to know what would happen next. Would the sexual tension between Rock and Sarah ever lead to something more? Would Sarah ever tell Kristen how she felt about Rock? Would everything end happily or badly? These questions and more were constantly spinning in my head, and until the very last few pages, I barely knew what to expect. Better yet, I loved that strong representation of not only friendship in this one but self acceptance. Finally yet importantly, Lara Chapman's writing was fabulous in this one. For a debut novelist, she sure knows how to spin quite the exhilarating of reads- ones full of plenty of character and plot development. Captivating, romantic, and full of fun, Flawless proves to be quite the debut novel. I cannot wait to suggest this one to readers come its release in May! Here to hoping Lara's next book will be just as great.if not more. Grade: A+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book
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I loved this book so much. It frustrated me but still loved it. I also would love to say that Lara Chapman was my fifth grade teacher. We were in class when she found out it was being published. She is an amazing teacher and person. ~Savannah B.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! I loved it.
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I found this book really relateable. I found the main character and her best friend's insecurities just like mine and my best friends. Loved it.
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Gabriela_Iris More than 1 year ago
This book is the modern retelling of Cyrano De Bergerac, as it relates to a high school student. It's an easy read that somewhat digs into the issues it presents, but never really gets deep enough to be emotionally draining. It has relatable characters, but only truly develops the main one- which is sad because it would've been nice to read more into the others. Overall, it's a solid novel that will leave the reader with a smile.
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Awesome book... she ends up with rock....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does the title look exactly the same as Pretty Little Liars Two: Flawless? The tv show cover book version is exactly the zame font