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We Are the Perfect Girl

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  68 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
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Published May 21st 2019 by Listening Library
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May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3, 2019, ya, starred-2019-done
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  ·  review of another edition
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 hilarious and im
"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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ya, arcs, contemporary
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Lindsay Nixon
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Despite the cover art.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
4,5 stars
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
(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.
-A quick and lighthearted read guaranteed to cheer you up. Fun and fluffy, but not so fluffy you feel like you wasted your time. Still gives you things to think about.
-Aphra is flawed and hilarious, a great narrator.
-Her relationship with Bethany (best friend) is so nuanced and enjoyable to experience. It would've been easy to write Bethany as the bland but beautiful pawn in such a story. Instead, you can 100% understand why Aphra values Bethany and her friendship and why they're good toge
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Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jill Jemmett
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great new book about overcoming your insecurities. It is a modern retelling of a play called Cyrano de Bergerac. In that play, a man thinks he will not find love because of his large nose. Aphra has the same belief in this story. She goes as far as to impersonate her best friend, while chatting with her best friend’s boyfriend, to have the feeling of being loved by someone.

Aphra had to learn to deal with her insecurities in this book. She felt very self-conscious about her big nose, si
Prince William Public Library System
This is a hilarious adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. I wasn't anticipating the enjoyment for this one as much because I'm not a romantic, but it's not as much about romantic love as friendship, and sibling love. And Ariel Kaplan is a VA author; I enjoyed all of the allusions to Northern VA in this book.

Aphra is self-conscious of her nose. Her older sister has the same face, nose included. So when her sister saves her money and gets a nose job, Aphra cannot help but feel hurt. In the meantime, s
Libby Ames
Ariel Kaplan creates wonderfully clever and quirky teen characters that confront the worst of teen angst without being annoying. In this modern twist on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac, we have two best friends: Aphra Brown, the bold and outspoken one with a face she is sure no one can love, and Bethany Newman, heartbreakingly beautiful but painfully shy. Together, they try to win over Greg D’Agostino, the school heartthrob who has a lot more depth than either girl expected. However, while helpin ...more
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
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. We Are the Perfect Girl is YA at its finest. Well written, realistic, and smart. The story revolves around a witty and big hearted girl named Aphra who goes above and beyond for the people she loves in her life. When she tries a little too hard to make things work between her very shy friend Bethany and a cute boy at her school, things get out of hand.

I appreciated that Kaplan made the character Bethany extremely shy. As someone who had to work years and years to get over her shyness
I adored this book. Frankly I wish something this winning would show up about every other week for me to read. It was recommended to me with the tag line: Cyrano de Burgerac meets the movie BOOKSMART, I really can't improve on that.

However, there were a number of continuity errors that should have been caught at some point before publishing. Just why would Aphra need to catch a ride with Greg to crew after she'd spent the day running her little brother around with her mother's car? And once her
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