The Selection (The Selection #1)
by Kiera Cass
Published April 24th 2012
Despite all the drama surrounding the author of this book, I must admit I'm mildly curious about it but was not fully intrigued about the concept. I'm not a big fan of The Bachelor and watching a bunch of young, attractive woman fighting each other for the affection of one man made it very cringe worthy for me. So when The Selection was compared to that show, it definitely put me off but I guess curiousity got the best of me.
The Selection is certainly not that bad but it's certainly a far off cry from The Hunger Games. The book is told from the point of view of America Singer; a girl from a family of Five which means that they are artists and are slightly better than servants. Unfortunately for America, she's in love with a poor Six who urged her to join The Selection and broke up with her so she can find someone better. So off our dear America goes with a broken heart to the palace with other 34 girls. America is sort of the anti-heroine. She was forced to be in the game by her family and her ex-boyfriend but her heart's not in it. While the other girls are so obsessed in impressing the prince, she's busy stuffing her face with all the wonderful lavish food found in the palace. I can't help but love her for it. But after that she gets a bit confusing for me. Everything sort of went downhill from there. Eventually the attraction to the prince is unavoidable because he's just too perfect. And now our poor America have to decide where her heart truly is.
Some parts of the book left me wondering. Especially the part where some of the girls are cut in the beginning of the competition without any reason at all. What exactly happened? I feel as if the author is trying too hard to make America the good girl but she ends up a hypocrite. She might be nice to her maids and somewhat honest in voicing out her opinions to the prince but well she has an agenda of her own just like all the other girls. Ho hum.
Recommended for: fans of Cinderella story
Verdict: 3 stars.
In my Debut Author Reading Challenge
Available on: Amazon