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Why is even the rating of this book so high? I'm like 100% sure I will give it a 1 star if I read it.

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Brittany You're "like 100% sure", yeah? But you, um, haven't actually read the book yet? That doesn't make much sense. Maybe the rating is high because people actually like the book. Just because the visible reviews are all terrible, that doesn't mean that everyone thinks the same. In fact, the ratings prove the opposite. As for your 1 star-prediction, it'd be easy to accept that if you had read the book. 1 star because it sucked. Or maybe 5 stars if it was great. You don't know until you read it, so its really narrow minded of you to state that opinion without having any knowledge of what the book, or author, are actually like.
Lianne Van doorn Maybe you need to read the book before you open your mouth. I've read the book and I love it, so read it before you judge it.
Julia Li Don't judge a book by its cover. Have you even read it? It's amazing! But that's simply my opinion. With all due respect, I sincerely believe that you need to remove this rude comment and go find some other place to complain about a book you've never even read.
Sorry if I sound harsh, but I really love this book and it hurts to see other people like you judge it without reading it.
Sylvia READ IT THEN AND GIVE IT A ONE STAR BUT IT IS AN AMAZING BOOK
Vaishnavi R Yep it is pretty bad, you should follow your intuition and just not read it. Its your typical cliche love triangle, whatever whatever. And it is completely and utterly predictable.
Meghan While I generally don't swear to know with absolute certainty whether I will hate or love a book before reading it, sometimes it's obvious from the description. (Sometimes not.) I was wondering something similar as the question posed here. A more useful answer for me would be the reasons why you personally like it. Simply saying "you can't know until you try it" is unhelpful and not completely accurate. I can say (without having tried it) that skydiving is not for me. I don't trust the safety mechanisms. They fail sometimes. Not perfect. And I dislike that "whoosh" feeling in my stomach when I'm in free fall. I guess my point is: tell me what why you like this book so much. What's most appealing to you?
piranha The person asking the question didn't even mention the cover, so why's everyone DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER? Such common "wisdom" often is nonsense. Publishers design covers for exactly that purpose.

I judge a lot of books by their covers, I could show you some of them, and I bet you'd judge them too. ;) I also judge books by their blurbs, and by opening them and reading the hook and a random couple of pages. I judge them by character names ("America Singer" gets an automatic ding). And I judge them by obviously overblown ratings on GoodReads. I have honestly not liked a single new book that I solely picked up because it had a 4+ rating here. It's a reliable reverse indicator, if anything. Especially if it's a heteronormative teen romance, or a libertarian military SF book, high ratings mean it slots straight into a certain group's preferences, which are diametrically opposed to mine.

Those are all perfectly valid choices if you know yourself well and you have a good sense of what does and doesn't work for you. Prejudging sensibly saves us all a lot of time.

Here the cover puts the book squarely into a category that isn't likely to interest me (young girl all dressed up for a fancy ball or something -- very pretty cover, btw). The blurb starts out bad, feels like "The Batchelor", but then the next paragraph sounds a bit better, at least our heroine isn't a money-grabbing harpy. But paragraph 3 indicates a standard love triangle (which bore me).

I wouldn't ever say something is a bad book per se when I have not actually read it. But I can definitely judge the likelihood of it being a book I enjoy. So if you think you might not enjoy this, move on. There are hundreds of thousands of books out there, and while there is some value in reading a classic anyway even if you might not enjoy it, there is no reason to read random, popular fluff if you have no interest in it.
Lorelei Maybe its just your not the right person to read it. I think lots of us read it because we read things like this before.
Denice epic book cover judging. i probably would have passed on this book, but having read this review i will now read the series.
Anika People tend to write a review when they don't like the book...
El aus Slytherin I was thinking that too. But sometimes it's really refreshing to read a book like this. You should give it a try. You may be surprised after reading this book.
Amy How can you be 100% sure you don't like it if you've never read it. Many people might not like this book because it is simple and uncomplicated with a stereotypical plot but as you can see by the ratings, many people liked it. Including myself. But you can't judge this book by what everybody else thinks. Give it a chance before you make a final decision on it.
Ioana It's rated so high because a lot of people might be able to relate to it or like romance novels such as this. Maybe you think you will give it one star because this novel's genre is not your cup of tea.
Jane DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER! SERIOUSLY I picked this up thinking that I would give this at least 1 star and I was glad I read through!!!!!

I gave this two stars.
Lexie I gave the book a chance and honestly, it wasn't that bad. It was a rough beginning, but the story started to become more and more interesting as the plot picked up a little. I would at least read the book before judging it. I had some problems with it, but honestly, it was more so because of the main character America, which is why I gave it about a 2.8 stars. I found the plot to be pretty good, actually. Good enough to continue on with the series...
Leticia Porter I think that you even asking that question is you judging a book by its cover. You may think it's all about princesses and princes but really it goes deeper than that. I think you should really read the book before even trying to say that it should be one star. I know lots of people who refuse to read the book because they think it's going to suck but trust me it doesn't.
Saskia Lethin People can have their own opinions. If this isn't your kind of book, then don't read it. Some people do like this type of book, thought, so you have to be aware of that next time you go and comment.
Maddy Yep, DEFINITELY don't read it. It's a horrible book. It's not like you are pulled into the story immediately. Or you cry because of the tension between Maxon and America. It's not even like there's a bad guy. It's not like the protagonist is a BADASS at all. Totally not good at all. Definitely judge a book by its cover. Good choice.
Marti Garren I felt the same way. But I gave in and read it. Well now I find myself suggesting it to people. I thought it would be too Bachelor (which I hate) but it wasnt for me. I am on the 3rd book now and so happy I gave it try. I rated it 5 stars because I loved it. That is why it probably has a high rating.
Jennifer Meek Ummm....Every heard of don't judge a book by the cover. It's kind of harsh to say that if you haven't even picked the book up. It happens to be my favorite book.
Jaclyn Heng And you're saying that even though you haven't even read the book yet. Wow. Okay. Wild assumptions much?
Lynne Yep dont read its awful . Just read all the bad reviews there on the review page
Gabi I thought the same thing, i just asked my friend for a book to read after testing. I started it, i didn't sleep that night. I finished it in the morning, it was the, and still is the best book(s) you will ever read. I bought all of the books, and got them signed when she went on the book tour. Kiera is so amazingly talented and i an so amazingly in love with this series. Just try it, you will be amazed.
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Munchkin Lala Well, books are like that. No matter how much a book is hated, or how much you hate it, there's going to be some people who like/love it, and vice versa. Sure it gets on your nerves but that's how it's going to be because it'd be drop-dead boring if it wasn't. I was actually thinking the same thing you were thinking. I'm REALLY picky on the names and when I saw her name was America Singer I knew I would HATE this book if I read it. Sometimes you know the book isn't going to be to your liking. Usually books with this kind of plot are generally met unfavourably but I guess there's something in this book people like. Anyway saying this because I think you had a legit point and were simply wondering why people would like this one.
Lily You're 100% sure you'll hate it but you haven't read it? Seriously? You should probably read the book before you judge it.
Samantha I originally planned never to read this book because i was sure i would hate it but my friend got me this one last week and now i have all but the prince and the guard, and i must say it is amazing!!!!!!
Raiza Safeel well seeing the cover it looks like a girly princess book. but its not that type of princess book, i mean it is about 'the selection' for the queen but stilll its an awesome book, i can guarantee that you'll lyk it!
Maryness Curvelo I don't trust people who judge a book by its cover :) good luck judging!
Bri You don't know for a fact that you won't like it, and some people DO like it which although is surprising to you, means that some people actually did read it before they judged it.
Mnmgymnast Dont be "like 100% sure" unless you've read the book. Now dont get me wrong, if you dont want to dont read the book. But dont assume it entirely sucks UNLESS you read it. I like it but it is more of a guilty pleasure, because im not a romancy type. Sorry off topic, you could like the book, even though the chance is slim. But the rating is high because like most books, the people who rate care. They either Love it so much they want everyone else to read it, or they hated it and want everyone to know.
Omshi Hey , even I thought that before I read it , but so many people recommended it to me that I decided to give it a try after all . I read the plot and found it boring , but still I read it . It is not all that a GREAT book but absolutely worth a try !
Kathleen I think you'd find yourself surprised. I originally only read the book in order to get a friend to read one of my favorites, but I soon found out this book is better than it lets on. I HATE teen romance and all that junk, but this is my one exception. You should reallly give it a try, it might just surprise you.
Chasity Frizzell this book is just amazing that's why.
Nikki Algoe It's actually a pretty good book. I'm not so sure why you would give it a one star when you've NEVER read it. You can never judge a book from other people's opinion,people prefer different types of genres so they might not like it, but some people can actually like literally fall in love with the story. So I recommend you to READ them before you would 100% for SURE rate the book a 1 STAR. You should keep an open mind when reading books.
Faraworld Ever heard of the phrase: "Don't judge a book by its cover!"
I mean the book was good. At least for me it was!
Miss Sweetness How can you be 100 percent sure if you haven't read it? ok, i understand if you're 100 percent sure you hate it after reading it, but what you're saying now is kinda pathetic. Dude, stop trolling please. You haven't even read the book. So, lol, what r u doing here? leave pls
Book_Gal You should read it before you say that! It may not seem good to you, but it's AMAZING! I was surprised by it's quality, but not I'm so glad I picked it up! Don't judge a book by it's cover!
On It's becoming a movie. Trust me, people like it.
Charlotte I didn't like the book, but that is just me.
Franchezca i loved it, it just left me hanging in the end so i had to read the rest of the series, but yeh everyone has different opinions and different tastes (IT'S AWESOME)...
Denz Rui It's bad. Don't waste your time reading it.
Florence Ho I am sure that you will give it 5 stars after you read it. This book is great, so it really worth this rating. Please do not judge it only because of the cover. Thank you
Hannah Read the book! It is amazing it may look dumb but don't judge a book by its cover! The whole series is amazing! I recommended it to my friend and she loved it so much she finished before me!
Cassandra Murphy This is one of my all time favorite books ever. You might give it a 1 star but that's your problem in my world. Some people like books like that some people don't. Apparently most people like that book.

ALSO HAVE YOU HEARD THE SAYING "DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!!!!!!!!
Holly I felt the same way, I'm not a girly person so I wouldn't have thought it would be my virtue but I still really liked it, and I would've been disappointed didn't read it just because of cover.
Bobbye I was curious at first too. But then I devoured the whole series like a delicious sweet snack. There's no room in this life for being "too good" for a book. The selection is actually seriously entertaining.
Amelia Actually it's a pretty decent book. I can't say that I loved it (can't say I obsessed over it either) but it's a good book and is fun to read. I will definitely continue reading the series. I know a lot of people LOVE it, I just can't invest myself in the loving it stage. Also, don't judge a book by its cover! I used to think The Vampire Diaries sounded ridiculous and often made fun of it, but reading it I absolutely ADORED it!
Celestia England Uhhh...Wow I know how to help you...READ THE BOOK!!!!!! It's amazing! Don't judge a book my it's cover! (And ratings)
Lily Couldn't the prince just kill her? I'm not done reading the book, but I am loving it so far! What is going happen!
Ana Alvarez I thought the same, just read it
Rachel Ahrens Already, I intend to read the entire series cover to cover. The main character's name is America, so there's definitely an allegory in here. Our ancestors have fought for freedom to make a nation without a monarchy, without a king, and this book transformed it and turned it the other way around. First, the book starts with two more world wars, America was once part of China, and now we have this Hunger Games meets The Bachelor government. No wonder America Singer thinks it's unfair. She might as well have the embodiment of the Statue of Liberty. This book will teach a lot to readers and show how important our country the United States means to the rest of the world. It's beautiful already and I haven't even read the ending!
Nadja Herondale trust me, I thought that to but then I bought it anyway because I thought every book deserves a chance to be read and so read the Selection in 2 days and it was amazing
Bbgirl28 Stupid people like stupid books
Silje Hella Kristensen I thought the same but decided to give it a chance, but it is absolutely one-dimensional and bland. You can literally sum the book up in a single sentence. It's enjoyable for young girls at a certain age because of the romance portions but honestly, even those are predictable and bland. I'm guessing that's where the high ratings come from though.
Aurora DON JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER PLEASE. This book is just Amazing. The first time i 've seen it and its cover i thought this wasnt my type of book, that it was for "perfect girls that only think about clothes" even if the cover s really Amazing. then i read the description and wow. so i bought it. AMAZING. MAXON IS MY LITTLE SUNSHINE. dont read this kind of book, i read things like shadowhuners (asdfghjkl) and hungergames and maze runner but this is gold.
READ IT.
Clary Herondale I knew that I would hate the book too. I thought It would be about a brat princess and that it would be all lovey-dovey. IT IS NOT. DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. I read action books like City of Bones, and my expectation for this was really low, but this book is really, and truly amazing! this book deserves every excellent rating it gets!
Amy This book made it to my top 5 favorite books, and I'm pretty hard to impress. Why is the rating so high, you ask? Well, here are my answers. People LOVE this book (including myself). People actually READ this book. People are smart enough to rate it after they read this book. So ya, my point is pretty clear, READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU RATE ANd INSULT EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO LOVED THIS BOOK. (Sorry for caps lol. Don't mean to hurt any feelings or anything, but, srsly.)
BookWorm8 100% huh? Well, if you had maybe read the book instead of not even trying, then you would change that 100% to 0%
Megan I was seriously so impressed with this book. It is my all time favorite and I really don't like to read. The whole reason I got an account on this website was because I wanted to find another book like it. PLEASE READ!!! I got so caught up in the love triangles and the sense of dangerousness.
Elias Which is why you shouldn't read it. Some people like some things, and others don't. I didn't like The Selection myself, but don't judge a book before you read it.
isabelle i'm just laughing at the name "america singer." don't read this
Katherine Franke Yep, you're right. Don't read it.
Alexandra And that's totally okay. I love books that other people hated and I hate books that other people loved. It's all a matter of opinion. I personally think I wouldn't like this book very much just because I've read so many amazing dystopic/romance novels, but some of my friends loved it and others disliked it. It has a high rating because obviously some people like it a lot
Holly Eh, for people who fall for super obvious and stereotypical romance? The dystopia aspect is very lacking but if your looking for something light and melt-your-brain simple to comprehend and corny romance, it's an okay book. Honestly I just read it because the cover was pretty.
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