I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - If you take components of both The Bachelor and Cinderella, you've got the formula for The Selection. It is probably considered a YA book and I probably bought it on sale without realizing that fact, but I'm glad I did. The main character, America, is a smart girl who thinks and acts like the teenager she is. Some of the things she does are -- well, they're dumb. Some parts of the plot are predictable but, nevertheless, it is highly enjoyable chick lit! The end leaves a lot undecided, so you will want to hear the whole trilogy.
NARRATION - The reader has somewhat of a monotonous tone and cadence. It was a distraction for about the first 15 minutes or so, but then I didn't notice it at all.
OVERALL - Females who are young or young at heart will really like this book.
It depends on the friend, honestly, as a 30 year old woman, I'm a bit ashamed I loved this book. But I did. So I am more than happy to tell people I loved it - but I have no idea if they would or not.
The main character is spunky. She's awesome.
It made me mad that the next book isn't coming out until 2013. Honestly - another person reviewed this, and said wait to get it until the next book came out - which sold me on getting the book. Should have listened to her. I can't believe I have to wait a year to figure out what happens - and since it's a trilogy - probably TWO years to know the end.
Can't wait to see if A. the TV show is picked up, and B. If they can roll the next two books out any faster... :)
I am a crotchety lady who loves mysteries and Tudor times.
Aside from it being a complete and total Hunger Games rip off, and a complete and total "Bachelor" rip off, the book also manages to shoe horn in a heaping helping of misogyny. Good job, female author!
On moral principle I will never give this writer any of my hard earned dollars/credits ever again.
Everyone deserves a second chance. (Except author Kiera Cass)
I think this writer thought she was writing a strong heroine and had some kind of message about female solidarity, which makes the story all that much more sickening. The detestable heroine is hung up on a dweeb but is so rude and self-centered she easily wins the heart of a prince. Then she decides she will be his confidant and tell him what girls to date and then gets super confused about how she feels.This effing book. It assumes all girls are vain, cowering, idiots, except the heroine who is only marginally less vain, marginally less cowering, and somehow even more idiotic.
This book was hard for me to get into. The main character was a bit flat and the love interest was only interesting because the main character's thoughts, not through anything he did himself.
Then, in the middle, it started getting good! The main character was fleshed out and the prince was great! Of course, then we had to reintroduce the first love interest. It all went downhill from there, either due to my hatred of love triangles or the main characters regression to stupidity.
I'm sure there are those that find this book entertaining, but I found myself constantly rolling my eyes.
I was looking for a good series and was hopeful based on the reviews. Character development took first 18 chapters and then the book never really had any substance. Not sure why the kingdom was being attacked. Book is trying to hard.
I've recently begun to love audiobooks...but this narrator is HORRIBLE! She reads so flat that it's hard to even hear the words...
The reader is unlike any reader I've heard before, her voice sounds more similar to something ready by a computer. The story line is very similar to the bachelor. Multiple girls fighting for a man to love them, then add in 'casts' which are like districts in The Hunger Games I will not be finishing this series.
I would recommend this book to everyone!
I do really like this book
Love this book
It started me off and pushed me into the reading world and it will forever and always be my favorite book series not matter how many books I read (I've read A LOT since then)
Loved the book and story its self the narrator took a little getting used to at first she seem kind of bland but as the story progressed I didn't mind her as much
Good book, once I really got into it I enjoyed the story. I leaves a lot of unanswered questions and of course you have to buy the second book, which is why this isn't a five star review. Could've been longer, but a good story.