Win a copy of Flawless and other prizes! Details at the end of this post.

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 last 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 bedroom door then dance downstairs.

Where I slam headfirst into reality.

Next to my “You Are Special Today” plate, a tradition my mother started on my first day of kindergarten, polished silverware sits on top of a rhinoplasty brochure.

No napkin.  Just the brochure.

I ignore my mother’s watchful eyes.  “Real subtle, Mom.”  I move the silverware, then flick the glossy trifold with the tip of my finger, scoring a beautiful two-pointer as it lands in the silver and black trash can.

I totally hate the word rhinoplasty.  How can you not think of a disgusting two-ton mammal when you hear that word?

Just call it what it is – a nose job.

Spatula still in hand, she retrieves the brochure from the trash.  “Just a suggestion, Sarah.”

“Yet still offensive.  Couldn’t you have waited until, like, the second day of school to start in on me?”  I stab the tasteless egg white omelet on my plate, wishing there were some crispy strips of bacon sitting next to it.  It’s hard to believe I was actually born to this health-conscious runway-worthy woman.  Being a Burke can be a serious pain in the ass.

Excerpt© 2011 Lara Chapman

About the book:

Flawless is a modern retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story in which a senior-class salutatorian with a notable nose agrees to help her perfectly gorgeous best friend catch the eye of the new hottie at school, only to discover he’s actually the perfect guy for her.

Released: May 10, 2011

About the author:

Lara Chapman, author of Flawless, grew up loving school, especially new school supplies (who doesn’t love the smell of new crayons?).  She loved school so much, in fact, she tried to make a career out of it.  But after an extended stay in college prompted her father to announce she couldn’t be a professional student, she finally declared a major and graduated with her teaching certificate, reluctantly leaping into the scary waters of adulthood.  Since then, she’s been teaching various subjects at the intermediate school level and loving every second of it. Lara lives with her family in Dime Box, Texas (it’s as small as it sounds), where she reads and writes daily. She’s rarely – if ever – found without her laptop and iPhone.  For more, visit Lara online at or at


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