Flawless – Lara Chapman

“I love the first day of school. There’s nothing like a new start. New clothes, new classes, new goals. And maybe, just maybe, the possibility of meeting a new guy.
Especially when you’re a senior in high school.
With a final glance at the ensemble I’ve put together for my last first day of high school and a mental kiss to the hair gods for my stunning naturally blond, wavy hair, I close my bed-room door, then dance downstairs.”
Sarah Burke arrives at her first journalism class of her final year in high school to be greeted by the most gorgeous guy shes ever seen. What’s more, after speaking to him it would appear that Rock Conway is much more than good looks. He’s smart as well as sexy and as Sarah spends most her time geeking out, he’s prefect for her. But Sarah’s best friend Kirsten, as the hottest girl in their school has already dug her nails in and intends to make Rock the Ken to her Barbie, and of course, she wants Sarah’s help to do this.
Flawless wasn’t exactly what I had imagined. It had the potential to be an amazing kick-ass story with a brilliant message and whilst it delivered that message, it wasn’t in the kick ass way I’d imagined. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book though, not at all. I thought it was a great read and really didn’t blame Sarah and Kirsten for falling for Rock in the slightest!
Let me start by saying that I loved the idea of the story. The greatest dilemas in a lot of girls teenage lives revolve around problems with their looks, friends and boys. It’s a fact that through most of my teenage years were probably spent obsessing over the guys I fancied and thinking what was wrong with me for them not to like me. Flawless puts across the message that although yes there will be things you don’t like about yourself, what you have got is what you were given and you should love yourself for it!
I hated Sarah at first, I couldn’t stand anyone who was so vain that they wanted to wake up and “kiss the hair Gods” she was perfect, except for her nose and it felt to me that she loved herself. But she soon rectified this and I really felt sorry for her when she walked down the stairs and found a plastic surgery brochure waiting there for her. No-one should be made to feel like that by their own mother!!
I felt that the extent of people laughing at Sarah was a bit OTT too, I was shocked and appauled that so many people would laugh and point and make horrible remarks. It was pretty much to the point that I didn’t believe that it was happening. It wasn’t until a bit later in the story that I realised that perhaps it was Sarah just thinking that’s what was happening when in reality it wasn’t. It must be awful to hate something about yourself so much it knocks your confidence and shapes how you feel. This really comes to light at the end of the story and obviously I don’t want to give too much away but a lot of the time when reading this book I really did feel sorry for her. She was one of those girls who I probably would have envied for having it all when I was at school and really, she was very insecure.
I loved that the story allowed for a bit of extra background to more minor characters. Sarah’s mums character was really well developed even though she was a minor character. There was even a bit of storyline there, separate to what was going on with Sarah, Kirsten and Rock.
I did find myself slapping my forehead about what Sarah and Kirsten were up to to be honest. I couldn’t believe that Kristen honestly thought what they were doing was going to work, she was a bit of a fool! But she was still loveable and a very good friend!
I think the story was a little predictable in places but honestly a good one. It’s a book that will probably stay with you for the message it puts across because it’s a strong one. The writing is brilliant, which is further emphasised by the characters “writing” within the book. I really did enjoy the book but I did want Sarah to be a bit more kick-ass. That was my only flaw!
Flawless is Lara Chapman’s first novel for young adults and was released, by Bloomsbury, on May 3rd
  • Thanks for the brilliant review. I’ve started reading this but got distracted – I must get back to it!

  • Great review! I hadn’t heard much about this one but it sounds like something I would enjoy. I’ll add it to my (neverending) wishlist!

  • Interesting review. Everything I’ve heard about this book makes me a little intrigued.