We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan

We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan

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We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan sounds like an intriguing Cyrano de Bergerac retelling. 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.

We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan

We are the Perfect GirlTitle: We Are the Perfect Girl
Author: Ariel Kaplan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 21, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

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–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? 
From the author of We Regret to Inform You comes a witty, warm-hearted exploration of love in all its forms, and a cris-de-coeur for self-acceptance when the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming.


Book Quotes: We Are The Perfect Girl

I’m actually a very secure and happy person, and I know this because I tell it to my therapist every Monday for fifty minutes.

I imagined a different kind of fairy tale from the ones I’d read, no ugly duckling or beauty and the beast, a story where the princess gets a choice: to be beautiful or to feel beautiful. I think if I could choose, I would rather feel it.

About Ariel Kaplan

ARIEL KAPLAN began life as an imperfect baby, matured into an imperfect child, and remains an imperfect adult, though she does occasionally make a perfect chocolate cupcake (the trick, you see, is to leave out the eggs, which interfere with the chocolate flavor). Her first two books, Grendel’s Guide to Love and War and We Regret to Inform You received five starred reviews between them, and were included in best-of-the-year lists from Kirkus and Bank Street, among other honors. She lives in Virginia with her family, where she is always working on her next novel.

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12 thoughts on “We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    I haven’t read the original, but I enjoy the sound of the remake very much. I am looking forward to trying this one out. And the cover is cute, to boot!

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