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At Face Value by Emily Franklin
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Sep 25, 2008

it was amazing

At Face Value by Emily Franklin is an updated and flipped around version of Cyrano DeBergerac. Playing the role of Roxanne in this story is Eddie Roxanninoff, a smart and popular jock with a soft side. In the role of Cyrano, is Cyrie Bergerac, a bright and sarcastic girl with a self-esteem issues due to her more than ample nose.

Cyrie has had a crush on "Rox" for what seems like forever, but she's always been afraid to act on it. The two of them are friends and nothing more. Cyrie's best friend, the beautiful and shy Leyla, admits to having an interest in Rox, but she's afraid she won't be be able to talk to him in person. A plan is hatched and a less than enthusiastic Cyrie is now wirting to Rox through e-mails, pretending to be Leyla. The problem is that now Rox is falling in love with Leyla, but which Leyla is the object of his affection? Is it the pretty girl he sees or the girl that he has deep and meaningful conversations with? Will Cyrie's attitude and feelings about herself push him away or can she finally face her fears for love?

This is such a sweet and funny book. Even though the story is familiar, it is told in a fresh, new way with characters that are quirky and likeable. I dare someone to read this and not feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And maybe even a little better about themselves.

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