The Selection ( HarperTeen) was recommended to me by Amazon, and I was all, “What, like you know my life?” Turns out Amazon has a pretty strong understanding of my life, because I quite enjoyed this book! When my Goodreads linked to Facebook, one of my dear friends welcomed me to “the bestworst book series ever!” And that is quite an apt description.
First Impressions: Judging a Book by its Cover
None of you are surprised that this has everything to do with why I bought this book. Pretty gown. Multiple angles. And sweet corn casserole, do I spy a TIARA? Sign me the eff up. 5/5 childhood dreams.
Dive a little deeper– My Thoughts (Spoiler-Free/Based on Book Jacket)
The premise of The Selection is intriguing. It’s often described as “The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.” It’s definitely more Bachelor, as you might have surmised from its tag: 35 girls. 1 crown. The competition of a lifetime.
I mean, come on! What more do you want? The book follows America Singer as she enters The Selection, the previously referenced competition of a lifetime, and surprise, surprise, is selected to compete for Prince Maxon’s heart. You read that right. This is a book about a princess competition. 5/5 Primary career choices.
Deeper Still– Thoughts Redux (Minor Spoilers Included)
Yes, the premise of The Selection is everything I could ever want in a YA book. The delivery of the premise is a little, well… bestworst. What this book lacks in world building and twisty plot it made up for in characterization and dialogue. Any interaction between America and Maxon had me grinning like a fool, which is why I read YA.
I did not much care for the love triangle aspect, or for some of the female characters, for some of the weak political elements, etc., etc. My friend and I have decided that this series is bestworst because the characters keep you hooked and reading along, but the rest of the book needs more polishing. I wish just a few more drafts had been drafted. Then I would’ve been raving.
Grade Me, Seymore– Give It A Score! -4/5
Maybe because I was swept up in the romance. Maybe because I had read so many “meh” books recently. Maybe it was because I’m just a very positive book scorer, but I initially gave this a 5. But then I remembered all the underdeveloped aspect and realized that I couldn’t give this book full points when it didn’t even live up to its full potential.
The Selection is first in the Selection Trilogy. My review on the second book, The Elite, will be up soon. The third and final installment, The One, came out May 6th, and I will be reading it this weekend and reviewing it as well. And I’m quite excited about it.
Connect with the Author of The Selection: Kiera Cass
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Please let me know if you have read or are planning to read The Selection and its sisters, and drop me a line to let me know what you think of it!
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