PUBLISHER: Entangled – Crush
DATE PUBLISHED: 10th April 2017
For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.
CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett isblindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.
Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett.CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…
This is a modern day, high school retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. In this retelling Cyrano is Cece, a high school Volleyball captain who has a scar across her face after a car accident. Cede has grown a defensive ouster shell and as such is very conscious of her appearance. Cece begins an anonymous online communication with her new partner from one of her classes to help out a friend. Through this communication Cece begins to develop feelings for Emmett.
The characters themselves were extremely likeable and I enjoyed following their antics through this book. There is inner messages about self-acceptance and recognising inner beauty that expands this book to more than a high school romance. The writing was easy to get into with a steady pace and an enjoyable plot.
This is a cute modern day read retelling a classic tale in the style of She’s the Man or 10 Things I Hate About You.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Katie Ray (also known by her previous author name, Katie Kacvinsky) writes teen and new adult fiction novels. Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her screenplay, A High Note, was a semifinalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition in 2015. She currently lives in Ashland, Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and a slightly insane dog.
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