Why Did I Read This Book:
Look, I know about the drama and the controversy that surrounded The Selection by Kiera Cass, and I sort of hate myself a little bit for wanting to read it. But here’s the thing, I fucking love trashy reality TV. I fully admit to watching every episode of Flavor Of Love, Rock Of Love, Daisy Of Love, A Real Chance At Love, I Love New York. ALL OF THEM. When I had cable, I literally could not resist watching those trashy VH1 shows. I regret nothing. And so, when I heard the premise of The Selection, I was intrigued given my obsession with those sort of shows. Then you know, all the drama happened and I was like hmmm, maybe I will hold off on this. But, still, I had the book in my house and that curiosity was there every time I looked at it. Upon getting The Elite, the sequel, in the mail, twice, I texted a few of my friends who had read The Selection asking if I would like it. They said I would be into it, and you know, it turns out they were right and you guys I have a lot of feelings to work through — from surprise at liking it, to kind of feeling like a traitor.
What’s The Story Here:
The world of The Selection is one where there is a strict caste system. The number that you are determines your occupation in life. America Singer and her family are fives which mean they work in the arts. They are three steps from being the bottom caste. Anyways, there is a royal family, right, with a son of marriageable age. Tradition dictates that he choose a girl from the people to be his wife. The process to do that is called the Selection and all of the eligible girls in the kingdom send in an application. With the urging of her family, America submits an application even though she already has a boyfriend. Against the odds, she is SELECTED. So anyways, she ends up a part of THE SELECTION and there’s all kinds of cat fight drama and turns out there’s some rebels who consistently break into the castle. You know, the normal. OH and the two dudes she has to choose between are Prince Maxon and her boyfriend, Aspen.
How Is America Singer, As A Person?
Honestly, I don’t really have beef with America. I thought she came across as perfectly pleasant. Like, I wouldn’t want to be her BFF or anything, but I also don’t dislike her. Anyways, I liked that she stayed pretty down to Earth while she was in the castle. Like, she didn’t let the whole selection go to her head. She’s also kind to the other girls, except for Celeste, AND to her maids and honestly, I dig that. To me, that’s a trait I value in a character, kindness. It’s also cool how America sees problems with the caste system and actively uses her time at the castle to try and make life easier for those of a lower caste.
What’s The Deal With The Romance?
So. The romance. YOU GUYS! I hate myself so much for this, but I actually was pretty caught up in the love triangle and ahhhh, I was Team Maxon. Here’s the thing, Maxon is very sweet and actually nice. He does care about the ‘people’. Plus, there’s definite chemistry between himself and America. I know. I KNOW. Usually, I pick the homeskillet. But honestly? Aspen is a total douche. First, he basically rejects America. Then he waltzes back into her life and is all put your life at risk because I am still into you. Motherfucker, no, you had your chance and you blew it. But ohhh no, he just expects her to still carry a torch for him. Fuck that you guys. See, I am getting very heated with this.
Am I Going To Continue With The Series?
Look, the writing is not the greatest in The Selection, BUT I liked the concept, probably because I am just a tiny bit trashy myself. I literally read Kiera Cass’s book in one sitting. So, yes, I will be reading The Elite, even if it did end up covering my entire shirt in glitter. Guilty pleasure and all that.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
You know, I wasn’t smashed or anything while reading this, but I think wine would have been a nice touch.
Disclosure: Received for review.
Other reviews of The Selection by Kiera Cass:
A Book And A Latte – “In that way it really was like watching The Bachelor!”
Rather Be Reading – “I never felt fully invested in the story”
Pure Imagination – “The Selection and I….we have a odd relationship”