At Face Value

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Being yourself should be simple—as plain as the nose on your face…

In this modern retelling of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac, seventeen-year-old Cyrie is a brilliant, athletic, and funny girl with a witty retort for each of the endless big-nose jokes she endures. But despite her talents and charm, she is convinced that all anyone sees is her nose. No guy—especially Eddie “Rox” Roxanninoff—would find her appealing. When Rox shows interest in Cyrie’s shy friend Leyla, she soon finds herself writing Leyla’s emails back to him, expressing her own true feelings instead. But watching her crush fall for her best friend may be more than she bargained for. Will Cyrie find the courage to tell the truth and trust that Rox will accept her for who she is?


“Emily Franklin uses a familiar story to create something fresh, modern, and genuinely sweet. At Face Value reminds us that the biggest challenge of high school might not be getting comfortable with yourself, but rather getting over yourself.

--Brendan Halpin, author of Donorboy and A Really Awesome Mess

“Readers will fall in love with AT 
FACE VALUE, Franklin’s playful twist on Cyrano de Bergerac, and cheer 
for Cyrie when she dares to step out from behind her literary talents 
to claim the romance that awaits her and discover the beauty she truly 

--Donna Freitas, author of The Possibilities of Sainthood and This Gorgeous Game

“This enjoyable…adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac switches its genders and turns tragedy into comedy.”


“Delightful…a truly suspenseful, thoroughly witty, and altogether modern story.”

--Tara Altabrando, author of The Pursuit of Happiness