The Blonde Bookworm: The Selection by Kiera Cass -- Review

The Selection by Kiera Cass -- Review

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Title: The Selection 
Author: Kiera Cass 
Pages: 336
Publisher: April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062059939


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 a palace and compete for the heart of 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.


I have heard so many good things about this series lately AND I heard it was being made into a movie. There's nothing that makes me pick up a book quick like hearing that it will be on the big screen! Does anyone else do that? It's like the second I hear the announcement, I have to read the book. Anyways, Cass did not let me down. I absolutely loved the main characters as well as the setting. It is fast paced and a very easy read. 

The main character America is ambitious, strong willed, and easy for the reader to love. She is relatable and just so normal. Also, with a name like America... I think Cass may have wanted readers to associate her with normalcy. The setting is fantastic as well. It's not all rainbows and butterflies. The main setting is a fancy palace, yes, but the setting of the entire book is a a broken society filled with a cast system of broken citizens. I love how The Selection allowed young girls in every cast to have the chance at a fairy tale happy ending. 

Yes, there was some cheesy drama, but that is to be expected when the book is about 35 girls living together in a castle. Cass did a fantastic job of fleshing out all of the characters and making each of them have their own individual personality as well as their own unique relationship with America. I absolutely adored this book from start to finish and can't wait to hear what happens next to my dear America Singer in her search for love. 

If you are looking for a quick and fun read, The Selection should be top on your list, but be prepared to read The Elite and The Heir as well! I would highly recommend this series to those of you who love young adult fiction. Check back later in the week for my reviews of books 2 and 3 in the series.

Rating 4/5


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