Thursday, July 21, 2011

Flawless by Lara Chapman

Sarah Burke is smart, talented, hard working, and has a rather large problem - her nose.  Her bestfriend Kristen is gorgeous, fun to be with, and seems to always be in the middle of the excitement.  On the first day of their senior year of high school a new guy walks into class and causes a ripple effect that will be felt through their friendship for months to come.  Rock is smart, good looking, and drawn to Kristen - oblivious to the fact that Sarah is falling in love with him.  Feeling insecure and wanting to impress him, Kristen asks Sarah to help her win Rock over, using Sarah's way with words to help her snare the man of her dreams.  Pushing aside her own feelings, Sarah helps her friend, but at what cost to all of them?

This was an interesting coming of age story because it doesn't go quite how you might expect.  Sarah is an interesting character, and there are some interesting side stories that blend into the main one making it more readable than it might have been just as a love triangle story.  Other novels have tackled the idea of a nose job or plastic surgery fixing things, but this one just seems a little more genuine, a little more down to earth than the others.  Kristen as a supporting character is very good, she could have come across as completely shallow and self-centred, but she comes across as real and fragile.  And Rock is just the right kind of perfect - good looking but not too good looking, and he has his flaws too.  Enjoyable read that will leave you feeling satisfied.

If you like this book then try:
  • Fix by Leslie Margolis
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • Slant by Laura E. Williams

Reviewed by Brilla

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