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At Face Value

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  467 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
"You've never seen a nose as big as mine."

In this modern love story, Cyrano de Bergerac is reinvented as a brilliant and funny seventeen-year-old . . . girl. A tennis champion, straight-A student, and editor of the school paper, Cyrie Bergerac has learned to live with her (ahem) peculiar proboscis. And she's got an armory of witty retorts for every schnoz joke that comes h
Paperback, 257 pages
Published October 8th 2008 by Flux (first published October 1st 2008)
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Based on the originial big-nosed romantic, Cyrano de Bergerac; At Face Value is a charming and witty novel exploring friendship, love, and self-confidence. Everyone has a part of them they don't like. Noses, bean-pole body, skinny legs, big ears, too short (that's me) and so on. It's caused by lack of self-confidence and brought on by teasing and insecurity just as Cyrie experiences in this semi-romantic narration. Personally, I loved reading this book because of its classic, yet suspenseful lov ...more
*2.5 stars*
A retelling of Cyrano De Bergerac that was much more what I expected Undercoverto be like. Cyrie is smart and witty - sometimes in a mean way - and very sensitive about the size of her nose. The plot basically follows the romance part of Cyrano, if it was set in a high school (obviously there is no war) and it's clear from the names who is supposed to be who, even before you get to know the characters. Cute romance, happy ending, and some nice lessons learned - a good companion to Cyr
Jennifer Wardrip
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The classic story of Cyrano de Bergerac gets a face-lift in this new version. Ms. Franklin takes the classic and twists it up a bit, this time making the lead with the troublesome extension a female, rather than a male.

In this version, we have Cyrie Bergerac. Cyrie has spent so much of her high school life keeping busy with getting good grades (she's got her eyes set on an Ivy League school, but she can't get the dreaded essay completed) and multiple extra
Christy Stewart
The one thing you have to be able to write in a Cyrano re-telling is witty dialogue

Franklin fell short in this
Laurence R.
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Meh... Kind of average. It's not bad, but there are tons of missed oportunities to makes readers actually feel something.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
i loved the premise, Cyrie's wit, her intelligence, her flaws too.

i would have adored this book in 10th grade.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

Apparently this is a contemporary set in a fantasy world, where there are two kinds of girls: bitches (who are stupid and vapid and have the audacity to like feminine things) and REAL GIRLS (who are smart and worthy of winning the guy and have righteous contempt for all other girls.)

If you're lucky, you can try to be both, like Leyla! Except not really. Because she is, sadly, still stupid. And pretty. This will be repeatedly pointed out to you for the entire novel. Leyla: stupid, but sh
Alexandra Christo

Cyrie is not perfectly gorgeous, as &stereotypical of many YA heroines, and, more than that, she's actually three-dimensional. The girl has layers! Sure, she's snappy and sometimes a bit too aggressive when it comes to defending herself but, honestly, which of us wouldn't love to have the guts to tell bullies where to stick it?

Cyrie doesn't let herself get put down by the girls at school and instead she just slings insults back proving that, even though she may not be as traditionally pretty
Apr 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: advisory, ninth-grade
At Face Value
by Emily Franklin

Everyone gets made fun of in high school. It could be because you're not smart, or you're short or even because people say you have a huge nose. It's okay because it happens to the best of us, but it shouldn't stop you from the things you want to do or the boy you want. For Cyrie Bergerac her nose always gets in the way, but she always has a quick comeback that makes her bullies snicker.

Cyrie was always the straight A, newspaper editor, tennis
Nov 21, 2009 rated it liked it
A normal high school lifestyle of a 17 year old girl in her senior year. She struggle through her high school life just like any typical high school student. As she goes through with her college processes. Like any high school student they care about their appearances, especially in front of the guy they maybe crushing on. She really wants to get a nose job, but in the end she doesn't because the guy she's crushing on accepts her for just the way she is. The book started off with how the main c ...more
Michelle Rebar
Sep 25, 2008 rated it 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,
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Seems like my eye has been catching these I've-got-a-big-nose-and-I-want-plastic-surgery stories. There was Fix, My Big Nose & Other Natural Disasters, this one, and another that was sitting on the shelves on a library, but didn't bother to pick up, because I'm tired of reading stories about girls who put so much emphasis on their nose. Seriously, is a large nose that big a deal? The first thing I notice on someone is the color of their eyes, or their hair, not the darn nose. But reading so ...more
Joya Goffney
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
My critiques: Franklin used a lot of parenthesis to clarify her points and to further explain when she could have just included them as sentences. I didn't enjoy that stylistic choice. Also, her mean girl, popular clones were often very commercial, which is fine I suppose, but it didn't seem very realistic. Lastly, the story was very outdated given that the story revolved around teenagers using email to message each other which does not happen and definitely won't happen in the future. However, ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this book a long time ago. Whenever I would look at it now I would have a bad memory of it. I didn't know why, or if I was just remembering it wrong; basically, I had forgotten my past opinion on it, so I decided to read it again.
Truth is though, after reading it, my opinion has stayed the same. The reason I don't remember it is because it isn't really that memorable.
It definitely had some highlights, but it also had a lot of flaws. I'm torn between giving it a 2 and a 3, but for now, it
Reader17 Der
Sep 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: others-read
Loved this book. It was so cute. This is a different twist on one of the old Play Cyrano de Bergerac. Only this is modern day story about Cyrie Bergerace a 17 year old girl who is a senior in High school and her friend Leyla. Since Leyla is shy and gets nervous around (Rox) Eddie they use email to write back and forth. Enters Cyrie who is very good at writing.

What I loved about this book was all of the characters. I liked them all. I couldn't decide who should be with who. I didn't want to put
Nov 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This is a cute, fun, witty and quick read. A modern take on the Cyrano de Bergerac tale, At Face Value is like a any other romantic high-school comedy with seventeen year old, Cyrie Bergerac falling in love with someone she shouldn't.

I liked Cyrie, who is a near-perfect student with outstanding grades, a great relationship with her parents and best friend. However, her appearance is less than flawless. Specifically, her nose, and it's size.

Although its completely predictable from the beginning,
Louise Metierre
I thought this book was great. It made me a little mad when Leyla got Eddie but in the end it all worked out.

I liked Cyrie she wasn't like one of the girls that are so pretty and vapid that they get whatever they want, she was smart and not the prettiest but if she didn't have the huge nose thing going on she would have been pretty.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute re-telling of Cyrano De Bergerac and learning to accept yourself, except instead of standing behind bushes, "Cyrie" uses email to write as her friend to both of their love-interest. But of course, deceiving someone like that never goes well.

It's cute, worth the time to read it.
This book was a pretty nice read. I'm a sucker for romances and stuff like that. Actually finished this in one sitting. PRETTY MUCH, this story is about a girl with a big nose. Add her close friend liking the same guy as she does to the equation and we get a pretty spicy plot. Will say, I was expecting just a tad bit more but overall it was a nice read.
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I completely related to the main character... she is terrified to admit her feelings for her friend Eddie thanks to low self-esteem. But boy, does she have some awesome snappy comebacks for the bee otches in her class that are constantly insulting her gigantic nose! Aw, yeah!
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: teens, chicklit-ish
Read this looking for a total change of pace from Living Dead Girl.

Cyrano de Bergerac is re-imagined as a sharp-tongued female editor of a high school newspaper in love with a cute, affable scholar-athlete on her staff. Pleasant and slightly more intelligent than many books of this sort.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
i didnt want to keep reading because I thought it was not a very good story and it was very negative i could tell it just was going downhill! maybe that was just me but i only had gotten on page 16 and she swore three times!!!
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
safe teen book
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not enough closure about a BIG part of the book - pun intended
Georgia Stephanie
a good book on inner beauty
I liked the music involvment. I make random mixes too.
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
omg great book!
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Hmmm, thought it was good... I guess.

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Growing up, Emily Franklin wanted to be “a singing, tap-dancing doctor who writes books.”

Having learned early on that she has little to no dancing ability, she left the tap world behind, studied at Oxford University, and received an undergraduate degree concentrating in writing and neuroscience from Sarah Lawrence College. Though she gave serious thought to a career in medicine, eventually that ca
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