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We Are the Perfect Girl

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  478 ratings  ·  121 reviews
She’s the beauty, I’m the bold one–together, we are the perfect girl…

Aphra Brown is bold and outgoing. Her best friend, Bethany, is achingly beautiful. Individually, they could both do a little better in the self-esteem department, but together? Together, they have what it takes to win over Greg D’Agostino, a proverbial “ten,” who happens to be fluent in six languages–sev
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya, starred-2019, 3
3.5 stars

This was a lot of fun - light, with low-key drama, void of instagramming and youtubing, with kids DOING REAL STUFF, and focused largely on a friendship between two girls.

But Bethany was ROBBED in a big way; and the author never did her justice, IMO. *upset on behalf of all quiet girls in the world*
That was so good I'm almost mad about it. If you've ever listened to my recs for Emma Mills and loved them, listen to me about how much you will love this one.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, ya
4 1/2 stars

Insightful, addictive, and HILARIOUS: this is one of the best YA books I've read all year.
This is a clever and humorous re-imagining of Cyrano de Bergerac story about a girl named Aphra who struggles with an immense amount of body dysmorphia and a crushing fear that she'll never be loved for who she is. We figure this out early on in the book, especially when we discover why she and her sister have had a falling out and she hashes it out with her therapist, but it takes Aphra the entire book to come to this understanding.

For one of her classes, Aphra is assigned the creation of an Ap
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
4.5 stars
“My heart always timidly hides itself behind my mind. I set out to bring down stars from the sky; then for fear of ridicule, I stop and pick little flowers of eloquence.” - Edmond Rastand, Cyrano de Bergerac

I had so much fun reading this book. I physically laughed out loud like 3 times in the first chapter. We are the Perfect Girl is a retelling of 19th century play, Cyrano de Bergerac, all about body dysmorphia and personal acceptance. We Are the Perfect Girl is a hilariou
Jen Ryland
This took a while to get started but by the end I think it turned out to be a good story about friendship and female insecurities. The romance was almost too messy for me, so if you like a straightforward romance with two people and no loose ends, this may not be for you!

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Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"And let's admit it, between your face and my words, we're basically the perfect girl."

Special thanks to Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC!

What a good book.

I actually read the original Cyrano de Bergerac so that I could read this without confusion. And I really enjoyed that. And I could really see where this took from Cyrano. Very well done.

There were parts in the story that seemed a bit sudden or strange - like Greg instantly kissing Bethany when he thinks she's behind the texts, and Aphr
Samantha (WLABB)
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Aphra had experienced many kinds of love. She had been showered with lots of "storge" (familial love) from her family, and was lucky enough to share scads of "philia" (brotherly love) with her best friend, Bethany, but Aphra was longing to experience that elusive "eros" - romantic love. She wanted a boy to look at her and really see her, but all they seemed to notice was her not-so-attractive nose. Therefore, she was left watching as her best friend embarked on a relationship wi
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Loose retelling of the Cyrano DeBergerac story. The ‘beautiful’ friend is shy and awkward and can’t string two words together. The ‘ugly’ friend, through a series of miscommunications and one specific request, ends up texting and communicating with their shared crush. All the while, the crush believes it to be the beautiful one. When all is revealed, the boy is actually hurt that the girls would think he was so shallow and concerned with outward appearances. They all struggle with the question o ...more
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
4.5 stars

I was predisposed to love this because the premise is so freaking awesome: modern gender-bent Cyrano de Bergerac, be still my English-nerd heart! And turns out, this wasn’t what I was expecting — it was more.

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Hi Cyrano de Bergerac is one of my absolute favo
Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.

A gender-swapped contemporary retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, We Are the Perfect Girl follows Aphra as she deals with body dysmorphia and poor self-esteem. I loved the hilarious voice throughout the story as well as the realistic portrayal of teenage self-esteem. I read We Are the Perfect Girl on a whim and I have not been able to get this book out of my mind since—it completely blew me away and has firmly established itself as on
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, book-bingo-2020
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Lindsay Nixon
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. OMGGGGG I loved this. It's a book I'll feel good about recommending to my niece in a couple of years (she's 13, it's more 15-17).

The story felt like an episode from one of the 'wholesome' shows I watch growing up (i.e. Full House, Urkle, Wonder Years, Cosby Show, a younger Saved by the Bell, Clarissa Explains It All, etc)

SUMMARY: Aphra is a talkative extravert and her best friend Bethany is a very shy introvert, exceptional beauty. Both girls are top students and very smart, though i
Cara (Wilde Book Garden)
OOF. This book punched me right in the heart and I loved every second of it.

Seriously though, this is one of those amazing contemporaries that seamlessly blends clever writing, loveable characters, well-developed romance, and some really serious and thoughtfully explored issues--and that last one kind of sneaks up on you sometimes! There you are, enjoying your story about friendship and love and family and growing up, and BAM Ariel Kaplan hits you with some heavy/inspiring truths.

There's this on
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book was so much more than I expected when I started to read it. Full of humor and heart, this modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is just perfect. It is a story of mistakes that lead to heartbreak and pain, though intentions are honest and pure. Aphra is a junior who is working on a project for her coding class. She has created an app that will respond to human questions. When she realizes her long time crush Greg is messaging her, she begins to bond with him. Through some little hiccup ...more
Aphra is bold, outgoing, and hilarious...and she thinks no one can love her. Her best friend, Bethany, is shy and gorgeous. They both have a huge crush on Greg, multi-lingual swimming heartthrob. When Greg begins unknowingly messaging Aphra through an app she created, she falls for him. But Greg thinks he is talking to Bethany. The situtaion spirals, and Aphra has to make difficult decisions...not only about her best friend and crush, but about her sister, her life, and her brother.

I was not exp
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been quite some time since I read such a funny book. Just like in the movies, comedy doesn't get the same respect as tragedy. It also had very gentle stakes, (no one was going to die, or be killed!) but still packed a punch.

There's great body image stuff that will probably feel universal for most girls and women, and Kaplan expertly captures pining for a certain someone to love you, while also being convinced they never will love you.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Despite the cover art.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay so that was 100% perfect and I’m 100% in love with this book.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-later
4.5 stars
Afoma Umesi
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book — so many elements all worked together. We Are the Perfect Girl is a clever young adult novel which dissects the idea of conventional beauty and attraction. With two strong female protagonists, this novel is an ode to childhood friendships. If you’re interested in psychology, books about body dysmorphia, or books with female rowers, you’ll enjoy this book!

To see more of what I loved, read my review on my blog.
Cassie Conti
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely couldn’t put this down. I appreciated the research that went into this book - from the psychological aspect to the Russian poetry. Aphra is a very relatable protagonist. She is kind, and honest, and trustworthy to everyone but herself. Following her through her sessions with her therapist, and watching her figure out who she really is, and how it not only affects herself, but all of those around her was incredibly well done. I would want any girl who struggles with their self-image to ...more
4.5/5. I received an ARC from Alfred A Knopf Books For Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This was really damn good, y’all. The 4.5 is my resentment of the “liar revealed” trope in general and a couple of small nitpicks. This is one of the best YA books I’ve ever read, by far.

My full review can be read here:
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
4,5 stars
Kristina Hlaváčková
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is not my genre. I picked the book up because of work, I was evaluating it for the Czech edition. Honestly, I loughed so hard I cried. Such a funny, smart read!
Kira Brighton
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Awww, this was a sweet and enjoyable story. :)

Content Warning: sexual harassment and assault without rape
A YA retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is a mighty ambitious undertaking—like Daddy-Long-Legs and all of those You’ve Got Mail reboots, it’s one of those stories where there’s almost no way to make it not creepy and have audiences rooting for a happy ending. I can count the number of stories with manipulation/lying by omission like this that I actually like on one hand. But Kaplan rises to the task with panache (see what I did there?) and she pulls it off with hardly a hitch.

A book with a premise
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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- 4.5 stars

I checked this book out looking for a light, cute read, and the premise sounded really interesting. I didn't expect all the serious topics and probably one of the best character arcs I've ever read. While seemingly hilarious and down-to-earth in the beginning, Aphra has got some serious issues.

In addition to the lopsided boobs, my shoulders are too wide and my eyes are too small; I have a weak chin, no cheekbones, stumpy legs, and, oh yes, a big bump on the bridge of my nose,
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

I hadn't really heard of this book, and I'm not sure how much I love the Cyrano concept, but one of my good friends gave it to me, and I both trust her taste and know that she knows mine, so I was still excited to read it. Plus, I love a good YA contemporary romance basically anytime.

And it did not disappoint! Ariel Kaplan is a great writer--really clever, fun lines, real characters, real dysfunctions. Plus, how could I not love it when Greg speaks six languages (I speak
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