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[Review] The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection
(The Selection #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Pages: 327 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Romance

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
BEFORE READING: Omg I’m gonna hate it for sure. BUT I’M CURIOUSSSSS ;_;

AFTER READING: Okay that was fun. Surprisingly >w<

Despite the negative feedback I’ve been hearing, The Selection turned out to be an enjoyable read with its own flaws.

I can see why some people hate this book and I couldn’t help but to agree on some points. The main character annoyed me sometimes because she seems too perfect. There is no actual plot in the middle part of the book. Weak world-building and it is quite info-dumpy when the characters are explaining rules or something like that.

Nevertheless, I (surprisingly) was able to ignore some issues while reading. The Selection is just light and very entertaining despite the lack of things happening in the book – I was really enjoying it. I guess it was fun to read and made me laugh on certain parts.

I love Maxon!! He’s awkward and stiff and basically unlike any other love interests with their bad boy and love-expert persona. I liked the way his and America (still can’t get over how ridiculous her first name is :/) starts out as friendship and later blooms into something more. It was admittedly predictable though. May, the maids and some of the girls are pretty likable too.

However, there are also characters that got on my nerves like Aspen (seriously this guy pissed me off), Celeste (pure evil) and America herself (she’s mostly tolerable for me but other time she’s downright irritating). I mean, once she calls Maxon on a specific purpose but when he’s already there she is like “you’re busy just go back to work” *facepalms*

The thing that also irked me is the ridiculous names. I mean, some are normal but wtf there are names like America, Tiny, Tuesday?? Aren’t there gazillion of names that makes more sense than THESE? *headdesk*

Overall, I didn’t hate The Selection as much as I initially thought. The ending felt rushed, but it was very entertaining and fluffy. If you’re looking for a mindless past-time read, then this is the book. But if you feel like the issues I mentioned above will bug you endlessly, then I wouldn’t recommend it to you.

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    I think this book is like one of those bad TV shows. You just can’t help yourself to like it, despite all the flaws and the fact that it’s not good :p I haven’t read it so far and it’s not high on my list, but I see myself reading this one out of curiosity!

    1. Yep yep, there were quite a lot of eye-roll-worthy moments but it’s just sooo light and fun. I couldn’t help but to tell my overanalyzing self to shut up and just enjoy the ride.

  1. Well, I’m glad you liked it! Haha. I’m not planning on reading it, but my friends have told me that it’s a “so bad, it’s good” situation. Like Mel said, it sounds a lot like reality TV!

    1. Haha, I can see your point — I was like that too but I was just more curious I guess xD

  2. Your thoughts on this book are almost exactly the same as mine. It was fun, but highly irritating at the same time. D:
    I couldn’t handle the names in this book, either. And they get worse in The Elite. There’s this one name, and I just. I couldn’t even. I don’t know where these names are coming from, but more believable and normal ones would have definitely been appreciated, at least on my behalf.
    Whilst I didn’t actually mind The Selection, and gave it three stars, I was sorely disappointed by The Elite. I hope you enjoy it more than I did.

    1. Ouch! I’ve heard that The Elite was actually much worse than this one! >< I’ve already bought it though so let’s how I’d feel toward it… The names here are so facepalm-worthy I won’t even be surprised if there will be a girl called Florida or Pasta or something like that x_x No offense though!

  3. The first book of this series is quite fluffy and I was surprised I enjoyed it too. Like you I hated Aspen and the ridiculous names and stuff, but overall it was still easy to read and enjoyable.

    I’m afraid it goes downhill with The Elite though. All the characters became irritating, even Maxon got on my nerves (I didn’t know what was possible) and don’t even get me started on Aspen and America. I have a lot of rage for The Elite. Though maybe you won’t have the same problems with it that I did…

    1. That’s what I’ve heard too, Bec D; Hopefully it wouldn’t infuriate me much….

  4. I agree with this review about 100%! It was strangely enjoyable despite its flaws.

    1. Thank you! 😀 I guess what I liked the most about this book is its lightness — I could get away from the hardcore stuff 🙂

  5. OMG I totally agree with the names haha! That was my first thought when I started reading it. You’re right despite it’s many flaws I still loved it. It was a light, cute and fluffy read.

    1. Haha, I guess we all have similar feelings toward the names xD

  6. Same here. After hearing the backlash, I prepared for the worst, but it was actually decent. And like you, I did enjoy it despite the flaws. 🙂

    1. Yes! Glad to know you enjoyed it too! 😉

    2. Yes! Glad to know you enjoyed it too! 😉

  7. Hmmm it’s reviews like this that make me think I would not like the book. I think the names are totally ridiculous and America sounds like a Mary Sue. The bad boy love interest doesn’t really intrigue me either. Thanks for your review!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    1. Lol, I totally agreed — the names are just downright silly, aren’t they? D;

  8. Lol Tuesday? Oh boy, what were the parents thinking. I’m definitely go into reading this book without taking anything seriously because I think I would want to throw something at America after all I’ve heard. I’m glad you enjoyed it nonetheless!

    1. I WAS LIKE THAT LOL. I guess there would be more ridiculous names in the next book? xD

  9. I love these books, they are so fluffy and stupidly entertaining like a bad reality show you can’t look away from. These types of books are great for when you’ve had a bad day and just need to get lost in something fun that you don’t need to concentrate on. Can’t wait for The One to come out next month! eeep

    1. “So fluffy and stupidly entertaining” <— THIS IS SO TRUE. I couldn’t help but to roll my eyes sometimes but annoying moments aside, this is just the perfect feel-good book for me.

  10. We had totally different opinions on this one! :O I thought Maxon was totally boring while Aspen was the more okay-ish one. I did like the writing style, though, which helped me get through the book despite how much I wanted to push America off a cliff. x.x Lovely review, anyway. 🙂

    Aimee @ Read by the Undead

    1. Ooh I like seeing the other perspective :p Don’t worry!

      You’re not alone. I wanted to push her off a cliff whenever she’s being so irritating. She drives a lot of people insane, doesn’t she? :/

  11. “Okay that was fun. Surprisingly >w<” Pretty much xD I was prepared for a really bad read so I could not believe myself when I saw myself enjoying this one 🙂 Totally agree about Maxon, Aspen is so boring to me.

    1. Me too xD Yay, we’re on the same Team again haha!

  12. This book surprised me too. I saw so many negative reviews for this book and thought I would hate it too. I just downloaded it one day when I was scrolling through the ebooks from my library and actually enjoyed it. Actually today I was at Barnes and Noble and was flipping through the first 3 chapters of The One (from the short stories print version) and was disappointed. After the end of The Elite, I don’t know if I can stand America anymore :/ maybe eventually?

    1. Aww I heard that she gets even more annoying in the next book too :/ I am not her biggest fan but I am curious enough to continue the series. Well, but that depends on the 2nd book though…

  13. Glad you liked this one, dear! I didn’t (I believe I DNFed it pretty early into the book) and won’t touch the rest of the series. As for the author’s other works, I’m not sure… her name is pretty tainted right now in my dictionary due to her controversial incidents with Wendy last year. Nevertheless, it’s still a book, and books at the end of the day aim to please and make the reader enjoy so I’m glad it had that effect on you even if it did have some flaws.

    Aspen and Maxon don’t seem to be pretty good love interests based on what I hear 😛 But America Singer (who sings) takes the cake anytime!

    Faye @ The Social Potato

    1. Yeah I heard about that incident too :/ So many people don’t want to read it because of the attack on a reviewer… But I thought the book was all that matter in the end sooo I decided to give it a shot. Who knew I would enjoy it, lol? I guess curiosity didn’t kill me this time hehe.

  14. Hi! Glad you read this one. Despite what everyone else is saying , I still love this book! I agree about the missing plot in the middle of the book. But somehow, we just go with the flow, right? Nice review anyway!

    1. Thanks! ^^ Yeah, despite the lack of plot development, it was an enjoyable read nonetheless! :p

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