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Flawed (Flawed #1)

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You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could b
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Feiwel and Friends (first published March 24th 2016)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I am girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white.

Remember this.
And she's just as boring and spiritless as that quote indicates. This book is dull, bland, and yet another prime example of failed YA dystopia. It was inoffensive, if you can call, a nonsensical dystopian future and a standard love triangle inoffensive, among its other faults.

I can't stop using the word bland. It was so bland. It is so flavorless. Have you ever had plain instant oatmeal? It's kind of like that. Only instead o
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Crime, punishment, family, revenge, justice.

I think this book is like marmite. You either love it or hate it.

I hate marmite.

I loved this book.

On finishing this book I was lost for words, speechless. All I could think to say consisted of a string of inappropriate and incoherent expletives. My mind was blank. All I could think about was the next book, when it would come, what would happen.

I thought that the main character, Celestine, was an intriguing mix of strong and weak, brave and cow
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
This book is, indeed, flawed.
Maria Espadinha
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Errare Humanum Est

"I-M-P-E-R-F-E-I-T-O-S" -- Que título divinal!
Que sensação de extrema empatia se apodera de mim ao contemplar esta capa!
Porque imperfeitos somos todos, não é assim?!
Uns mais, outros menos, é certo!
Em graus que se ordenam numa escala invisível mas latente, concebida por um ser perfeito, contudo inexistente.
Não obstante, é a perfeição que buscamos.
Essa meta inatingível que nos faz avançar sem nunca lá chegar, por ordem de Sua Majestade a Rainha D. Consciência!

Imagine-se agora uma
 ⚔ Sh3lly - Cranky Crone of Rabid Hedgehogs and Fire Breathing Kittens ⚔

This is one of those YA utopian societies in the near future that is actually really messed up and run by tyrannical a-holes. I happen to LOVE these types of stories and this one did not disappoint. It grabs you from the beginning and there are pretty much things going on nonstop.

The premise is that a society has adopted rules against using individual judgment, too much risk-taking, lying, morals, and when you "break" these rules, you don't go to jail or be executed. You are branded, literally,
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
“I know the difference between right and wrong. I understand the rules. But today I feel that the rules have been blurred, because today they were literally on my front doorstep.”

My mom read a lot of Cecilia Ahern books and I used to borrow a few and read them after her and I loved them so when I found out that she had released a YA book I was quite excited to see how much her writing differs going from such a big audience jump from adult to young adult. I just don’t think it worked? Either t
Anne Goldschrift
Das Buch geht echt unter die Haut! Lesen, lesen, lesen!!!
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich hab es in einem Rutsch durchgelesen und was soll ich sagen, volle 5 Sterne!
Zum Glück hab ich den zweiten Teil schon hier und kann direkt weiterlesen!
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Children's and NetGalley.)

“I bite my lip as the tears stream. I think of little Ewan, how scared he would be, how I have bought such danger to my family.”

This was an enjoyable YA dystopian story, about a society in which people were branded as ‘flawed’ if they did something wrong.

I liked Celestine, although she really needed to think more before acting. Even though the things she d
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the Publisher/Author for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

I actually loved this book which I really didn't expect, when I first started reading it I wasn't sure about how it was written but the more I read then I understood the dialogue.

Flawed is about a young girl Celestine who lives in a place where everything has to be perfect, perfect family, perfect boyfriend, perfect life but it's all about to change. If people are found not to be perfect they are branded like cattle
Maria Clara
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tengo que reconocer que no estaba muy convencida de que fuera a gustarme, y me ha sorprendido mucho. Deseando leer el segundo 😊
Flawed is the first installment in Cecelia Ahern's young-adult dystopian series titled: Flawed. Based on what I know about Ms. Ahern's writing career, her specialty is women's fiction and she's pretty good at it! So obviously I was super excited to read her approach to what is quickly become a very tired genre. Unfortunately, I didn't think Ms. Ahern brought anything original to the table in terms of plot or execution which made me sooo disappointed. However, Flawed offers a theme that will sure ...more
Lala BooksandLala
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
I have enjoyed Cecelia Ahern novels before, but was hesitant about reading this one, as it is very different than what she has previously written. I was provided an early copy by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

Flawed centers around a young girl named Celestine, who lives in a dystopian world where everyone is forced to be perfect, or is punished by getting their flesh branded and be Scarlet-Letter'd with an "F" armband for "Flawe
Dannii Elle
This the first book the Flawed duology and I think, needless to say from my rating, I don't think I will be continuing with this series.

The concept behind this was an interesting one but I had heard mixed opinions about it, before I picked the book up. I can now see why. Whilst with an interesting backstory, I found this lacking any real foundations for the plot to continue to progress. There were many 'dead' moments in the book, where little seemed to happen for chapters at a time, before somet
“A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.”

----William Blake

Cecelia Ahern, the international best-selling author, pens her new YA book, Flawed which marks as the first book in the new YA dystopian series by the same name. Now the regular Ahern fans might have mixed feelings about this book, where the regular YA dystopian lovers might just love this book. The book unfolds the story of a high school teenager who is perfect in every possible way, but soon her perfecti
Jen Ryland
DNF review.

I've enjoyed Ahern's adult books and had high hopes for this, but stopped after about 60 pages. If you're a diehard, will-read-any-dystopian-you-can-get-your-hands-on kind of reader, then definitely check this out. If, like me, you're suffering dystopian fatigue, you might want to try a few pages first.

I found the set-up predictable with a side of WTF. After a financial collapse, some Guild (?) decides to throw out anyone in any position of power who is dishonest or unethical. Maybe
Laura von Eden
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So ein tolles Buch! Selten fand ich eine Hauptfigur so sympathisch wie hier. Egal durch welche Emotion Celestine gerade ging, ich habe mitgefiebert und all die Wut, Verbitterung und Angst mitempfunden.
João Carlos
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Celestine North é uma adolescente de dezassete anos de idade, linda e muito inteligente, uma rapariga Perfeita com uma perspectiva de vida brilhante.
Num futuro próximo há um país e uma cidade, sem nome, que criou um tribunal chamado Guilda, constituído por um comité que investiga e supervisiona os indivíduos que são acusados de serem Imperfeitos. ”Os imperfeitos são cidadãos normais que cometeram erros morais e éticos.” Quem for acusado e em função de cinco falhas de carácter a sua pele é marcad
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch ist einfach nur WOW!! Ich konnte gar nicht mehr aufhören mit dem lesen!! Es gab viele Stellen in diesem Buch, wo ich einfach nur den Kopf schütteln konnte.... in so einer Welt möchte ich definitiv nicht leben. Fehler machen das Leben doch erst lebenswert.... wer will denn bitte perfekt sein? Ist doch langweilig!!
Kate (GirlReading)
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I unexpectedly enjoyed this so much! I say unexpectedly because I've not read many dystopians in the past, due to being a little dubious of the genre after the huge surge of them a few years ago but this had me hooked from the moment it started. The concept was very intriguing, although sometimes the parallels between this fictional government and historical governments was a little unsettling and questionable! An aspect I really enjoyed and appreciated was the fact that being deemed 'perfect' w ...more
☘Misericordia☘  ✺❂❤❣
See how easy it may be to cross from Perfection to Flawedness. See how incidious the ideas of perfection can be. See how dangerous perfectionism is.

The concept is slightly reminding of the Nataniel Hawthorne's A-letter, only taken to new abysmal heights.

When I step outside, I see Colleen standing at her family’s car. The front door of her house is open, and she looks like she’s waiting. I guess she won’t be going to school today, probably going to the courthouse to her mom’s trial. My heart be
Maria João (A Biblioteca da João)
9 de 10*

Sou fã de Cecelia Ahern pela forma como cria histórias diferentes, com toques de irrealidade, mas sempre tão possíveis de acontecer. Este seu último livro não é excepção e a autora conseguiu criar uma história que dá muito que pensar…
Imaginemos um país onde todos têm que ser perfeitos, de acordo com determinados padrões que foram definidos no passado por um grupo de pessoas.

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Thyago | MrsMargotBlog
This reading was a true roller coaster of emotions, but the one that remained the most was the revolt, mainly because of prejudice, discrimination and lack of respect for the human condition.
It would be incredibly frightening if this dystopia were to happen in today's society.
It's a reading that we consume very fast, I couldn't stop reading, I wanted to know more and more, I confess I was enjoying it so much that... I wanted more. And the book ends in an exciting part, I wanted to read the sec
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I’ve read this year! Can’t wait to read the next one in the series. It was awesome! Every action of this book! 5+ stars!
Das Hörbuch war ganz gut, hab aber irgendwie mehr erwartet. Trotzdem geht's jetzt mit Teil 2 weiter.
Ari Reavis
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
*ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

I feel like I could've liked this book way more than I did, if only for a few changes. While it started off slow, things picked up some when Celestine is accused of being flawed, in other words, imperfect. But then things died down again, when they had so much potential to be great from there. I just couldn't connect with Celestine's character. She was very naïve, even after people showed her their true colors. She put herself in dum
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-n
This is an interesting dystopian setting where any “flaw” in behavior gets you permanently branded and cast out in society, a la the “A” in “The Scarlet Letter.” Celestine starts out dating the son of one of the behavioral judges, but after she helps an elderly man on a bus who happens to be “flawed” she is cast out as well. Very engaging writing and excellent pacing.

Author Ceceila Ahern does a brilliant job of getting down to the meat of feelings and trauma and examining how Celestine has had
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

This had one of the most brutal dystopian settings I have ever read. Can you imagine a world where you are punished for making the first ever mistake? And not just for a duration, but your entire life. This Celestine North's life. Being perfect and flawless..This is what she has become. Obviously we know this can't last long, she ends up maki
Claire Robinson
Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 - Black and white. Star.

DNF @ 28%

It has been a while since I have read anything by Cecelia Ahern, being her first foray into YA Dystopia I was interested too see how she would spin it.

For me at over a quarter of the book read, I kind of feel something of note needed to have happened, but I was so disconnected from the story, and so little had been absorbed I can't even remember the names of the main characters.

The only thing that really sticks in the mind is that a lot of the traits, rules,
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am Anfang war ich skeptisch. Zum Ende hin hat es mir aber immer besser gefallen! Ein spannendes Buch mit einer tollen Protagonistin!
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