Hello lovely bookies 🙂 Let’s jump straight into another review, shall we?!
Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.
In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
Well, where do I start? I’ve seen so many rave reviews about this one and I honestly think I read a different book? Because I was not impressed.
This book was just so unremarkable. It was no more special than any other YA dystopian I’ve read, and I don’t think it will be any more memorable.
I didn’t like the main character, Celestine. At the beginning of the book, she was extremely naïve and blindly accepted things that were blatantly immoral, things that were outrageous for me to read. She seemed shallow and only cared about her appearance and her boyfriend. And she constantly told us how she was ‘not like other girls‘. Maybe this was to make her later change of heart more of a contrast but I just found that I didn’t warm to her at all.
While this was admittedly a page-turner, it didn’t feel very high-stakes. The whole thing came across as a bit bland. Though there were some quite shocking moments and it was more gruesome in parts than I expected, I still never reached a point where I felt invested.
I just felt like I was being spoon-fed a lot, told and not shown. I’m already halfway through the second book in the duology, Perfect, but I’m finding it’s much the same as the first book, very repetitive and predictable. I’m probably not going to bother writing a separate review for book two, since I feel pretty much exactly the same as I do about Flawed. Hopefully other readers will have better luck with this one!
Have any of you read this one? Or do you stick to Cecelia Ahern’s adult books? The only one I’ve read is P.S. I Love You! x