Hello, friends! Let’s interrupt our normal food chat to talk all about my recent favorite book. It’s no secret that I love to read. I have a whole page devoted to book reviews, which includes a write-up of some of my all-time favorite books. While we don’t usually read the same books, my older daughter shares my love for reading.
My latest super intriguing read, is The Selection, by Kiera Cass. Surprisingly, this was one novel that drew us both in, from the start. I’ve been interested in reading The Selection ever since I came across a review on Goodreads. The review that I read mentioned that the story is a light-hearted, romantic alternative to the more intense, dystopian young adult novels like; The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner and was one of a series. This definitely had me interested… The Hunger Games is a favorite of mine and I’m really fond of reading books that are part of a series- it’s fun to follow characters throughout many twists and turns.
After coming home from work and seeing that The Selection had arrived, I cleared my calendar for the rest of the evening. All I wanted to do was curl up on my couch with Max and a good cup of coffee and get totally immersed in a wonderful story. I know the ol’ sang is- don’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes I just can’t help it. The cover of The Selection is gorgeous and intrigued me that much more.
Summary of The Selection (taken from kieracass.com)
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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.
Things I loved about The Selection
1. This book is so addicting and really sucks you in. There was never a good place to stop- from America entering the palace, her meeting Maxon, to her drama with the other girls. That’s exactly why I’ve already read all of the other books in the series!
2. The setting and story line are very interesting. The story is set in the future and a caste system has been put in place. America is a 5 (a working class performer); Maxon (the prince) is a 1, and the poorest people are 8’s. The whole system was quite interesting. Most of the story is set in the palace and who doesn’t enjoy reading about living in a palace?
3. Has all of the juicy romance and drama without getting too juicy. I like a scandalous story line as much as the next girl, and The Selection does contain scandal, it just doesn’t cross that line. You can feel confident that your teenage daughter isn’t reading about anything that should be way over her head.
My daughter and I really, really liked this book. We couldn’t put it down – it totally drew us in. I definitely recommend The Selection, and hope you give it a chance!
And, I know, I’m not exactly considered a young adult, but I still really enjoy reading young adult novels. I can totally just pretend I’m back in my teens and as the mother of a young adult, it’s really fun to read books with my daughter and then have our own little book club. It’s great to be able to have someone to discuss what’s going on in the story.
I have already devoured the first three books in this series and I’m anxiously awaiting The Heir to become available!
If you enjoy reading as much as I do, you should definitely check out one of the latest book club posts that I wrote on all of the awesome books that recently became movies or are set to become movies very soon.
Something to think about….
Have you read The Selection? Tell me your thoughts.
What’s your all-time favorite book?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.