I don't imagine that Cyrano de Bergerac could have worked any harder. In this novel, his female counterpart, Cyrie, is -- perfect. She makes straight A's, is a tennis champ and editor of the school paper. She's brilliant, and her way with words also makes her a vicious opponent in the game of "let's make fun of Cyrie." She doesn't take the big nose jokes lying down, oh, no. She has caustic comebacks and razor-sharp repartee. From the outside, it looks like Cyrie's all right.
Inside, she feels like a dumb girl with a big nose.
If only she were pretty. If only...
Leyla, is fun, bubbly, and not exactly concerned with grammar, punctuation, and spelling, but she's gorgeous. Better, she manages to be blindingly popular, and still make time to engage Cyrie's friendship. Cyrie's so... good with words, that when Leyla admits how into Eddie "Roz" Rosanninoff she is, Cyrie offers to help out her less gifted friend. It's the least she can do, right? After all, it'll be easy -- Eddie stole Cyrie's heart a long time ago.
In this retooled romance, Cyrie finds out that sometimes using the right words is too easy. Readers might be tempted to think this is a story they know, but the ending has a nice little twist. AT FACE VALUE, coming from Flux in October 2008, is a new spin on an old truth: true beauty always shines out.
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