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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599905965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599905969
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,520,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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.
www.larachapman.com

Customer Reviews

The characters were very real - I found myself connecting with them all, particularly Sarah.
Erica
If you're looking for a book that's fun, has a sweet romance and a great story about friendship, than I recommend picking up Flawless.
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These questions and more were constantly spinning in my head, and until the very last few pages, I barely knew what to expect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ReadingVacation on August 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
We have all heard from adults that "It is what is on the inside that counts." If adults really wanted to get their message across, they would have their kids pick up Flawless. As Sarah struggles to accept her nose, she realizes that what she offers on the inside is even more important. I love stories that teach a lesson while they entertain. Win-Win.

Speaking of Sarah's nose, I can still not totally picture what it looks like. I settled for something that reminds me of a parrot nose, curvy and very big. Even though Sarah claims that she is okay with her nose, it is obvious that she is self-conscious. For all her bravo, she seems to see herself as only her nose, not the wonderfully unique person she really is. It's sad that Sarah even lacks the confidence to admit that she is uneasy with her nose.

If you think the story is loosely based on Cyrano de Bergerac, you are right. Remember, he's the guy with the big nose. I read the children's version of Cyrano, and I am thrilled with the modern twist in Flawless. If you read both books, you will know exactly what I am talking about. I am shocked that the girls are able to keep their charade going as long as they are.

Sarah's forbidden affection for Rock is classic. I learned just how special and tormenting love can be when you are being denied the ability to express your true feelings. Despite wishing that Sarah was with Rock, I could not work up any hatred for Kristen. She was oblivious to Sarah's feelings and she seemed to honestly like Rock for most of the book. Oh, and I don't even get me started on the dramatic romantic conclusion to this sweet story.

Lara Chapman's debut is delightful and engaging. I fell in love with every single page.

RATING

5 Loved

COVER COMMENTS

How cool is this cover? I like that Sarah's nose is missing so we are forced to picture it on our own. That makeup is just gorgeous. Look at those eyes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula L. Phillips on March 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
OMG , I loved this book so much . I didn't think that it would have the effect on me that it did , I wasn't sure what the book was going to be about but once I got started I was hooked and then with the last few chapters and by the time I had finished the book , I actually had tears in my eyes and I HARDLY ever cry in books , movies I do but never really books and especially not in Teen books lol. But Flawless brought tears to my eyes.
The book starts with two best friends Sarah and Kristen and of course a new hunky guy named Rockford aka Rock Conway. He is not only gorgeous and handsome but he is also smart and intelligent and of course the perfect gentleman. When Kristen sets her eyes on him , Sarah always the best friend takes a step back though she liked him too. The next part reminded me of the book "The Julian Game" by Adele Griffin when Kristen asks Sarah to write to Rock pretending to be her , as this goes on though Sarah is finding herself fall more in love with Rock as he is definitely more perfect for her than Kristen. Throughout the novel Flawless , we read as Sarah continually questions the factor of Loyalty and how far one can go to remain loyal and when has loyalty gone too far that one loses it's own morals and self-worth. The other issue in which the title stems from is the fact that we learn Sarah has a big nose - a nose that is out of place on her face, one that is so big -people stop and stare. In Flawless , we read as Sarah tosses and turns with the issue of her appearance and self-esteem. This part of the book reminded me of "The North of Beautiful" by Justina Chen Hedley in which the main character had a port wine birthmark over the side of her face. In the last chapter we read as Sarah reads out an essay she wrote on Loyalty and the consequences of what she did are revealed.
Flawless is one of those books that I highly recommend all to read and even if it isn't the type of book that you normally read - you must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Flawless is a contemporary retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. Thankfully it doesn't end as grim.

Sarah Burke senior in high school has learned to deal with her nose, as it's been the source of all her insecurities and unhappiness. To put it bluntly, it's just really huge. She thought she was fine with it, until she develops a crush on Rock the new boy from Atlanta. Unfortunately she's not the only one smitten, Kristen her best friend is as well. Because Kristen isn't into literature or poetry she enlists Sarah to help woo him on Facebook, but how long can this go on with Sarah's own feelings getting in the way... not to mention she's deceiving pretty much everyone, including herself.

I like this book for its exploration of loyalty, friendship and embracing self. I think in this sort of situation it would be easy to become catty with your friend, but that isn't the case for Sarah and Kristen. They remain close friends throughout the book. Though Sarah sort of learns a lesson the hard way because of it, and lets opportunities pass her by because of her insecurities.

Towards the end there were some random plot bunnies that were kind of just thrown in there. I still don't know what the point was. I suppose to change-up the plot a bit. Also I found myself with the second male lead syndrome. He wasn't even mentioned that often but from what I heard of him I liked him better.

This came off like a Disney Channel movie. That's not necessarily bad, I TiVo those things... It's just the kind of book you give your niece in high school to read. Well it's meant for that age demographic anyway. It wasn't perfect, but I think the overall message was important. I rather liked this happier approach to the tale then being overly dramatic and sad. If you know a younger kid with self-image problems then this is one book to recommend.
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Lara Chapman lives with her family in Central Texas, where she teaches high school English. She reads and writes daily and is rarely--if ever--found without her laptop and phone. Lara has a lifelong love affair with animals, especially daschunds, and always has an animal or two snuggled close when writing.

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