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We Are the Perfect Girl

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  32 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-done, 2
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.
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
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read-in-2019
4 1/2 stars

Insightful, addictive, and HILARIOUS: this is one of the best YA books I've read all year.
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 hilarious and im
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
Shelves: 2019, ya, contemporary, arcs
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
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
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
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:
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.
Kiana Cook
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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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
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Please note: I tried to block out major spoilers from the below post but it turned into more of a discussion of the book that I couldn't keep completely clear. If you've finished the book, please read the below and commiserate with me! If you're using the reviews to figure out whether or not you should read this book, the answer is yes, you should. You'll be the better for reading it.
Once you've finished, come back and read my slightly spoiler-y review. Or read it now, if that's your thing.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I felt it was well written and put together.
It was fun, light and fluffy but in a different way than most contemporaries are wrote.
I could once again relate to the main character and or young girl Aphra Brown she supposely
isn't that pretty and possibly less than average and her sister and her used to look very similar.
Aphra also supposely has a beautiful best friend Bethany.
Aphra creates a counselor chatbot program for a tech design class but, the chatbot
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
The reason behind grabbing myself an ARC of this book is actually quite funny. I knew I was going to need a pick-me-up after watching Avengers: End Game, so I turned to this book, in hopes it would lift my spirits. [Which, hey, I totally did need after curling up into a ball and crying!]

For the youngins who never experienced Gerard Depardieu's Cyrano de Bergerac—you missed out—also you need to watch it. I loved this movie when I was little. I fell head over heels for Gerard in this version and t
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I would give this book 3.5 stars.
I really enjoyed Ariel Kaplan’s writing style and I found myself hooked and engaged through the entire book.
Some plusses of the novel were that it had good character development and we were able to see how the characters developed and grew into each other which I enjoyed. Though I did feel like some supporting characters were a bit hollow and not fully fleshed out, I think that overall the author did a good job.
What I did not like was the insta-love, it was just
Sofia Sanchez
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating 4.5 but I tend to go with 5 instead of actually selecting 4 if I can see my self picking the book up again fairly soon

Kaplan writes about relatable topics using very accessible language. The story is told from the point of view of a high school teenage girl. What I loved about it was that it was actually believable instead of feeling like you are talking to a self appointed "cool mom" trying to use hip lingo. I loved the characters and the way the characters develop throughout the book de
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the plot and characters and humor. This book actually had a similar feel to a Kasie West book but unfortunately a bit more crass--thinking specifically of the pool experience and the Heimlich practice in PE. My main disappointment is I wanted more from the end especially more talking between Greg and Aphra. I needed to hear Greg's side of things and fully expected him to confess to checking out the crew team because of Aphra, or enjoying hanging out and talking with Aphra, or admitting ...more
Sara Dempster
I already knew I was going to fall for this one, since I'm a sucker for any kind of retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, but We Are the Perfect Girl is an EXCEPTIONAL retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. Aphra, Bethany, and Greg are all wonderful, fully fleshed-out characters, and I enjoyed all of them. Plus, it passes the Bechdel test.
Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
I liked this so much more than I anticipated. I'm not a huge fan of Cyrano remakes, as I think there's something slightly creepy about it, but Ariel Kaplan's gender-swapped version is so well done. I also love that it's set in Northern Virginia, and that it's really the friendship between the two girls that means the most.
Michelle Kessler
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya
Received an ARC at the NOVA Teen Book Festival.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THAT was a good book
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't think the cover of this book is indicative of how good the story is.
I really liked this one, the characters were engaging and I loved the catfish prompt. I really had fun reading this book.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great romance, and it was really funny! Plus the author is from NOVA, which is awesome.
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
I really love a great retelling and I am pretty sure that I have never read one of Cyrano de Bergerac. The cover is really eye-catching and makes me want to know more about the story behind the shirt. I have never read any of this author’s books before, but I have heard some great things. I can’t wait to see how the story works out.
Mar 21, 2019 added it
This stressed me out so much. I liked it at the beginning, but then I was having actual anxiety. I also couldn’t stand Bethany, so I’m sure that changed things.
Apr 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Hi Cyrano de Bergerac is one of my absolute favorite books I have ever read for class and I love gender-bent retellings, so of course I need this in my life.
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