Review: at face value

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Book Cover Image: At Face Value by Emily FranklinName of the Book: at face value

By: Emily Franklin

Published by: Flux

Copyright: 2009

Number of Pages: 257

Source: Barnes and Noble

Reason for Reading: Plucked it off the book shelf.

                                                       Rating: B+

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.

I also love how after lessons learned, the question of the “nose job”, will Cyrie still have it done? is handled.

So peeps, let me ask you. If you had the opportunity to fix something you believe is holding you back, would you?


About cloverautrey

Author of The Highland Sorcery Novels and The Demon Tracker Series. Being half human isn't so bad for demon tracker brothers Jake and Cal, especially when their job is keeping unknowing humans safe from every evil thing that crawls out of Hell. So what if the full-blooded Anointed don't think they're up for the task? Jake and Cal have lives to save and beasties to kill and lack of sleep, lack of weapons, and lack of trust from the haughty Anointed demon slayers won't keep them from it.
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