The Weekend Aesthetic is a feature where I post book aesthetics on the weekend. They might be of a book I’m currently reading. recently read, read a long time ago, or even one I consider to be a favorite of mine—there’s no rhyme or reason to it!
I read We Are the Perfect Girl last weekend and I have not been able to get this book out of my mind. I read it on a whim, not really thinking that I would like it, but it completely blew me away and has firmly established itself as one of my favorite books of the year. A gender-swapped contemporary retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, We Are the Perfect Girl follows on Aphra as she deals with body dysmorphia and poor self-esteem. I loved the hilarious voice throughout the story as well as the realistic portrayal of teenage self-esteem. Plus, there’s app design and crew team, which was such a fun inclusion to the story! Do yourself a favor and immediately pick up We Are the Perfect Girl. You won’t regret it.
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
This witty, warm-hearted retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is a love letter to female friendship. Perfect for Stephanie Perkins fans, and anyone who’s ever thought of trying on a new identity to impress a guy.
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.
What are your favorite retellings?