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Book Review: Flawless by Lara Chapman

FlawlessTitle: Flawless
Author: Lara Chapman
Series: N/A
Pages: 256
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date of UK Publication: 3rd May 2011
Source: Publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed Flawless. It wasn't the best book in the world, but it was definitely an enjoyable, quick, fun read about friendship and relationships.

Sarah Burke has a big nose. She's learnt to deal with it though, and she keeps pushing away the plastic surgery leaflets her mother has 'hidden' around the house. That is, until she meets Rock. He's funny, he's nice, AND he's intelligent. So he's perfect for Sarah, isn't he? Well, yes, but nothing can ever happen between them because Sarah has promised her best friend Kristen that she will help her get Rock. So Sarah is forced to choose between what she thinks is the right thing to do, and what is best for her. Her loyalties are stretched to the limit, so who will she choose? Rock, or Kristen?

I liked Sarah, though at times she really annoyed me. She couldn't stand up for herself at all, and to be honest, I thought she needed to grow a backbone. I get that she was extremely loyal to Kristen, and that she didn't feel she could stand up to her, but if Kristen was truly an awesome friend, she would at least listen to what Sarah had to say, and maybe even realise how much Sarah liked Rock. I thought that Sarah writing emails to Rock as Kristen was more than a little weird, and it just made me wonder why she did it. I mean, if I had the hots for a guy, and my best friend wanted me to use my incredible writing skills to tease him into thinking she was clever, I would totally say no. Maybe I'm not that great a friend, but I just couldn't see myself doing it...

And Rock was weird. It was obvious that while he liked Kristen, he liked Sarah more, and I felt like he should have at least told Kristen his feelings about Sarah before they started dating. I think he should have been more involved in his and Kristen's relationship, I couldn't help but feel that their whole relationship was one-sided, and Rock wasn't putting much effort in. And lastly about Rock, I think he has an... odd, name. Honestly, I don't like it. And I understand that it's a retelling of a classic, but couldn't Lara have called him something else... :/

And my last complaint, is Kristen. I thought she was shallow and a bit of a rubbish friend. I don't know, maybe that was how I was meant to feel, but I don't think forcing her best friend by pulling the 'I'd do it for you...' card to get a boy to like you, is my idea of being a good friend. I'm sorry I'm so opinionated about this, but I've had a lot of friendship issues in the past and I've had time to contemplate what makes a good friend. And this book made me think about it even more.

However, as you probably can't tell from this review, I did enjoy the book. I enjoyed reading about the characters, even if I didn't like them, and I enjoyed the plot line. I couldn't see how Sarah was going to get out of helping Kristen; I knew it was going to happen, but I wasn't sure when or how. Once it was revealed though, it made perfect sense and I thought it made a great ending.

Flawless is a very good debut novel from Chapman, and I enjoyed the normal-ness of the story, and I could really imagine it taking place in a real American high school. I would recommend it to fans of the contemporary genre, and people who need a quick, fun read.

Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me this for free in exchange for an honest review. In no way has this affected my opinion of the book, and I received no compensation for it. :)

My Rating:
I give it 3 Feet!

2011 100+ Reading Challenge #45


  1. Great review! I'm seen this around a few times, but it's never stood out to me. After reading your review, I think I'll look into it more! :)

  2. I quite enjoyed the book but I definitely agree with all of your points. I really didn't like Kirsten and Rock really didn't seem all that great either!

    ComaCalm's Corner

  3. I'm so unsure about whether or not I want to read this book. So many people have said such good things about it, but you bring up a lot of things that I've been wary about. I'm not sure I can really get on board with a friendship situation like that and Sarah sounds too weak for my tastes.


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