Review by Sara
by Cecelia Ahern
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (April 5, 2016)
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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.I have been a huge fan of Cecelia Ahern’s writing since she published PS. I Love You. I could barely contain my excitement when I learned she was writing a YA novel! The premise of “The Scarlet Letter meets Divergent” is very intriguing but I did not see how this novel was like Divergent in any way.
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 her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
Celestine North is raised to be the perfect daughter, the perfect student, the perfect citizen. She has perfect grades, adored by her friends and family, and is dating the perfect boyfriend, Art Crevan. Art just happens to be the son of the most powerful man in town. Everything in Celestine’s perfect life changes when she is encounters a situation and chooses to make an instinctive decision. This causes her to break a rule and her life is never the same. She is now at risk of being branded for the rest of her life and her entire future is uncertain.
I am a huge fan of dystopians so this story was right up my alley. To my dismay, the beginning of this story felt like it went on for years. It was far too wordy for me and at times did not make sense. I am quick to DNF books if I cannot connect to them but I forged on and thankfully, the story got better. I felt there was a lot of suspense with this story; it kept me guessing most of the way.
I do not feel like I completely connected with Celestine but I was very curious to see how her journey would go. I really like how she stood up for what she believed, but at the exact same time could not make up her own mind on her feelings. She was so wishy-washy it was annoying. First, she was so sure of her future and herself, then the next minute she was massively depressed again. Get it together. Either you are a bad ass or you are not.
Do not get me started on the the insta-love Celestine has with a boy in the cell next to her. They never talk, never exchange one word, but she feels she has an instant connection to him. She does not even know his name! This drove me nuts because she felt she needed to find him at all costs because “he understood what she was going through”. Give me a break. This story did not need a love triangle/insta-love twist. Take that part out and you have a good dystopian.
I know it sounds like I did not like this book and I would not recommend it to anyone but that is not the truth. I did enjoy this book and would recommend it! The ending left me wanting more and made me very excited to see how this series continues.