Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retelling
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–seven if you count the language of smoldering gazes . . .
What begins as an honest mistake turns into an elaborate deception, wherein Bethany goes on dates with Greg while Aphra coaches her on what to say, and texts him in the guise of Bethany, trying and failing, all the while, to tamp down her own hopeless crush. It’s only a matter of time before things come crashing down. The question is: What will happen when Greg finds out? And can Aphra and Bethany’s friendship survive the fallout?
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 therefore when I saw this retelling of the story I jumped at the opportunity to read it!
This is a modern day/gender bent twist to the story. It’s quirky, it’s funny, and most importantly it is relatable. It touches on some heavy things in sometimes lighter ways, without overly shifting the light-hearted mood.
I absolutely adored Aphra. I felt for her and could understand her. And while this is a ‘romantic’ retelling, and romance is in it, it really focuses on the friendship between Aphra and Bethany. How much they mean to one another, how their friendship has and does evolve. The most fascinating thing was watching if their relationship makes it through the trials and tribulations of the events that take place.
Overall, I really enjoyed this read. I didn’t want to put it down. 4 savvy crowns! 🙂
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