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.
When this book was first announced, I was dying to read it. Then the reviews popped up and I thought it would be a waste of time to read a book everyone hated. Finally a friend read it and told me how good it was, so I tried to stay unbiased and give the book a chance. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed reading this. I did hear about the author being rude and mean to bad reviewers of this book and I considered giving this book a lower rating for it, but I did enjoy it even if the author is an ass.
It's true that this book is hardly original, the writing isn't amazing and yes, the names did indeed suck very, very much. However having read many chick-lits and crappy, paperback romance books in the past, I'd say that The Selection would be a pretty good one. I had fun reading this book, the storyline was plain and easy to understand, with some exciting parts scattered around. Many scenes were hilarious to read about and gave you a good laugh.
Starring Prince Charming, Cinderella and the Forbidden Lover this book has a love triangle where the girl doesn't know who to be with (so she goes with both). Maxon is the sweetest guy out of the two, but Aspen is pretty cool too. Because this book is one of those relaxing, easy reads, the characters are not like characters such as Dimitri from VA who invoke strong feelings and emotions. I still have people I like and dislike but like I said, this book was relaxing to read with no heavy emotions brought out by the characters.
This book is pretty similar to The Bachelor. Girls cry, dresses are ripped and the cameras are rolling. You've got the two hot guys and the main girl, with a class A bitch and the sweet friend who's hiding something. The drama was pretty fun to read, cat-fights and weird seduction techniques that make you laugh at the silliness of it all.
I would recommend this to those who like to read those cheap funny romantic stories that can make you giggle. Compared to a lot of books out there The Selection is pretty good, its just that the blurb makes it seem like one of those awesome YA dystopian books with amazing writing hence attracting the wrong audience into reading the book. As a relaxing read, this book was great, I loved some of the funny scenes in this book and how Maxon seems to listen to America's advice. I'm looking forward to reading the next book and seeing who will win the crown/Maxon.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars