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The Selection by Kiera Cass
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it was amazing
bookshelves: chick-lit, dystopian-utopian
Read 4 times. Last read August 11, 2018 to August 21, 2018.

I can never ever get enough of this series! To start off, I will say that I liked this book more that I thought I would. I was originally looking for a book for a reading challenge (needed blue covers) and just happened to see this at the library and figured it didn't look too bad and that I would just read it since nothing else was working. I have now read this fourtimes since it came out. It has yet to tire for me.
It is hard to explain why I like it. It is a true guilty pleasure, fluffy kind or read with a hint of action and intrigue for future books in the series.
I will admit, the concepts are not very original. The ideas that is is in between The Bachelor and Hunger Games (in the dystopia sense)is fairly accurate, with heavily leanings on The Bachelor. The love triangle setting adds a bit extra to character complexity.
I will not say much on what the books is about. The summary already does that in itself on this book. The book is written from America's perspective and what I will say otherwise is what I thought. First, I must admit, I dislike the character names. Yes I know the last names refer to what the person does, but the first names are horrid in my opinion. Yet the main thing is the writing style and pace. I literally laid down last night thinking I would read a few chapters. Next thing I knew, the sun would be rising soon and the book sat finished in my hands. I don't get that with many books anymore. This book made me giggle at times, and twitch in anticipation at others. It left me desperately craving the sequel. Wondering who she picks, or who Maxon picks,what is up with the other girls, etc.
So, while the concept is not original, the characters are interesting, and the story is written in a way that is easy to get wrapped up in it. I actually just put it back on hold at the library so I could skim through it once again before them next book comes out. I read it so fast I fear I might have missed things. I honestly had a hard time rating this. In the way in captured my attention once I started reading, and my desire to read it again I would normally say 5, but since it does lean SO heavily on the concept of The Bachelor. Which is interesting because apparently the author said she had either never heard or (or at least never seen) the show before writing this. Very clean, fun read. Time just flies while stuck in this book! So, I give this a 4 1/2.
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Kiera Cass
“If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Kiera Cass
“I hope you find someone you can't live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection

Reading Progress

January 18, 2013 – Shelved
January 21, 2013 – Shelved as: chick-lit
January 21, 2013 – Shelved as: dystopian-utopian
January 31, 2013 – Started Reading
January 31, 2013 – Finished Reading
December, 2015 – Started Reading
December, 2015 – Finished Reading
July 1, 2017 – Started Reading
July 1, 2017 –
page 220
July 1, 2017 – Finished Reading
August 11, 2018 – Started Reading
August 13, 2018 –
page 56
August 21, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I like your review. I too enjoyed the book.

Simran Samra I didn't know if I should read the book and your review has helped me
Thanks I guess I will give it a try

Jamie I hope you enjoy it!

Katy Austin Looooooved this whole series! Can't wait for book four this spring!!!

Nicole D. Great Review.

message 6: by Donna (new)

Donna Newman Been wanting to give this book a try for awhile, Great Review. Definitely will have to check it out now.

Karen Wang I totally see how you think it almost replicates the plots of other books, and I have to say I agree. This idea is so genaric , and yet the book does leave you demanding the sequel. I also wonder who Maxon is opting for, as well as America. It's a pretty easy read, but as you said, it is also easy to get wrapped up in the story.

Sakina this book..........God it's soooo beautiful. I don't how many ppl disliked it but this book is the most delicate n the best book I hv read soo far. the whole series has new plots romance. Maxon..... oh god is soo charming he will probably rule all your hearts n will be there with u forever!!!!!!

message 9: by Kitty (new)

Kitty Wallace This book strikes me as a 'oh look I'm so pretty which boy shall I choose?'So I don't think I'll read it .It's a shame cause the cover is so nice .

Adaora I also enjoyed the book.

Hannah Johnson I certainly agree with you. The story concept isn't very original, it's almost predictable, but it's so good at the same time. I also stayed up basically all night to finish reading because I got so wrapped up in the story. My favorite part of the book had to be when America and Maxton kissed for the first and second time. The awkwardness was cute in my eyes. Though, I think the unrealistic dystopian future of the world was the worst thing about the book. It would have been better leaving all the history vague and focusing more on the character's relationships.

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