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by Emily Franklin
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At Face Value by Emily Franklin

"You've never seen a nose as big as mine."

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?

In this funny and poignant spin on a classic, popular YA author Emily Franklin explores the age-old theme of "true beauty" with humor and piercing perception.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738713076
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: HL820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Emily Franklin is the author of over a dozen books for teens, including two critically-acclaimed series, The Principles of Love and The Other Half of Me. Emily's other young adult titles include the novels in the Chalet Girls series, and the forthcoming Half-Life of Planets. She has also written two novels for adults, Liner Notes and The Girls' Almanac. Her next book is Too Many Cooks: A Memoir of Tasting, Testing, and Discovery in the Kitchen. She also edited the anthologies It's a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths about Life in Your Twenties and How to Spell Chanukah: 18 Writers on 8 Nights of Lights. Check out her website at

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At Face Value 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CloverAutrey More than 1 year ago
Cyrie Bergerac has her eye on the future. College scholarships and that nose job her “inner beauty” post-hippie parents won’t let her have until she’s eighteen. She’s also had her eye on one Eddie “Rox” Roxanninoff since the ninth grade, but when her beautiful tongue-tied best friend, Leyla Christianson asks for help in just talking to him, Cyrie can’t say no. Do the names sound familiar? At face value is a clever and fun retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. Editor of the high school paper, Cyrie has plenty of intellect and rapid fire wit, which she slings out on those classmates brave or stupid enough to make fun of her rather large facial extension. Unfortunately her courage flees when it comes to telling Rox how she feels about him. Except when she starts emailing him, posing as Leyla, she’s suddenly able to let her guard down and share all the meaningful thoughts she hasn’t shared with anybody else. The problem is, he thinks he’s falling for Leyla. If you know the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, the plot points will be fairly obvious, but it’s an enjoyable take on an old classic, which also spins into a teenage tale of “finding yourself” and accepting yourself as you are, but also learning that others, even the outwardly beautiful, have insecurities too.
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mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Cyrie knows that she's not beautiful. How can she be with a nose like hers? She's planning on having surgery the minute she turns 18 to decrease it's size, but in the meantime she's got to learn to live with it. The rest of her life isn't so bad, until she best friend admits that she's crushing over the same guy that Cyrie likes. Leyla's gorgeous, but she has a hard time talking to guys. So the two of them hatch this plan where Cyrie will edit Leyla's emails - just for grammer not content. But loving Rox from afar makes Cyrie jealous. How can he not know who's writing the emails? Between all the time they spend together during the day and the emails at night, Cyrie's not sure she can handle this relationship anymore - but she doesn't know that Leyla just might be feeling the same way. Will Cyrie loose everything? A tale that shows inner beauty shining through and the true meaning of friendship.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The classic story of Cyrano de Bergerac gets a face-lift in this new version. Ms. Franklin takes the classic and twists it up a bit, this time making the lead with the troublesome extension a female, rather than a male.

In this version, we have Cyrie Bergerac. Cyrie has spent so much of her high school life keeping busy with getting good grades (she's got her eyes set on an Ivy League school, but she can't get the dreaded essay completed) and multiple extra-curricular activities that she never really dwelt on the fact that she has few friends.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise when she realizes that she's starting to become friends with Leyla. The surprise is that Leyla is part of the popular crowd. With a nose like the one that Cyrie sports, it's obvious that Cyrie is far from the in crowd. Cyrie is the editor for the school paper, so she has a group of people she hangs around with. The best perk of being editor is that she gets to work with her crush, Eddie 'Rox' Roxanninoff.

For anyone remotely familiar with the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, it's clear what happens next.

Eddie (Cyrie refuses to call him Rox like the rest of the school does) reveals to Cyrie that he likes Leyla, but Leyla gets tongue-tied and literally sick when she tries to talk to Eddie. So Cyrie agrees to help Leyla communicate with Eddie. But in this updated twist, it's via email. After all, Cyrie IS editor, so Leyla can compose the emails, and Cyrie will correct them before forwarding them on. But before too long, Cyrie realizes that Leyla is hopeless when it comes to writing interesting missives. So Cyrie starts to change the content and add other information.

When Leyla discovers that Cyrie has secretly liked Eddie, she gives Cyrie an ultimatum. Their friendship becomes strained, and Cyrie is too afraid to lose Eddie's friendship by revealing more to him.

Ms. Franklin has taken a well known and often told story and given it a fresh new twist. The reader will be rooting for Cyrie, even knowing that she won't win Eddie over the way she hopes to. The story moves quickly and has a satisfying ending. A love story at its root, how can anyone not cheer for Cyrie?