Thursday, June 4, 2009

YA Review: Undercover by Beth Kephart

But playing Roxane made me feel uncomfortable. For there is Cyrano, writing letters to Roxane on behalf of the local pretty boy, and there is Roxane, buying every bit of it, hook,line, and sinker. Why can't she see that it is Cyrano's heart and head inside those letters? Why can't she tell how much he loves her? And what does this say about people in general, that they can't see what is standing before them? Beauty rules, every single time. Beauty is the password.

Beth Kephart
Genre: YA
Published: 2007
Pages: 278 beautifully written prose

Short Synopsis: Like a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac, Elisa ghostwrites love notes for the boys in her school. But when Elisa falls for Theo Moses, things change fast.

My Thoughts:

This book is absolutely lovely. The words contained within these pages are poetic and I guess they're meant to be right? Because Elisa has a way with words, in fact, she hides behind the words that she writes. Kephart hit a home run with her first foray into YA fiction. There is so much going on underneath the facade of Elisa. She lets her guard down when she's writing for others and when she writes for herself. The poetry in this book is wonderful. At times in my life I've been intimidated by poetry, felt that I never quite got the gist of the author's meaning. Not so here. I was moved by the writing in this book so much that this book is going on my list of favorite YA books ever...!!! I'm so grateful to Lenore at Presenting Lenore for reviewing Undercover a while back. If I hadn't read that review I would've missed out on this gem. That makes me sad...this book was published in 2007, so why haven't I heard about it? And for that reason alone I'm so glad that I belong to a group of book lovers who are so passionate about what we read and are so willing to share it with others. Because without blogs some truly wonderful books may remain unread and we can't let that happen, can we? If you're new to the YA genre and are looking for a good first book then look no further......Undercover is one you should add to your list, I promise that you will not be disappointed!!

Guess what? Beth blogs!!! Beth Kephart Books

Other Reviews:
Presenting Lenore
My Friend Amy
Em's Bookshelf


  1. Thanks for the great recommendation I missed this one on Lenore's blog. There is so much good stuff out there. So far a lot of the YA I have read has been from older years. The story of Cyrano de Bergerac has a fairytale feel to it, which I love. I will keep a look out for this one.

  2. This sounds fabulous! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. Fabulous review! I've never been keen on poetry, but will try this book out.
    Your favorite ever? I will definitely put it on my tbr.

  4. A lot of blogger seem to love Beth Kephart's work. She is on my must read list!

  5. Yep, the first time I've heard of this one. To the list it goes. And I have a feeling that I'm going to owe you many thanks for that!

  6. I'll definitely keep my eye out for this one, it sounds like a really special book. Thanks!

  7. You've done it again Staci!! You've got me hooked on another YA book. I missed this one on Lenore's blog as well but have heard praises of Beth Kephart's writing. I am adding this high on my list of books to read. You've written a lovely review. You are so right about wonderful book lovers that share their love of books with each other on our blogs. I've been drawn to reading more YA books this year and am expanding my reading world!

  8. I used to really be into poetry but have gotten away from it. I do enjoy the YA genre from time to time so I'll be looking for this one. It sounds wonderfully enjoyable! Thanks for your thoughtful remarks.

  9. Great review STaci. This is another one that's been on my tbr list forever. Hopefully one day I'll actually get to read it.

  10. This definitely does sound lovely! And I know...there are so many books I'd never have heard of if it weren't for my fellow bloggers. I love you all :D

  11. I love this book and I really love Beth. :)

  12. I loved this one too!! I think it's one of the first books I read back in January....and it's still stuck with me!


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