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READ PDF ⚤ The Selection Ý 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 a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince MaxonBut 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 attacksThen 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 La source blanche : L'étonnante histoire des dialogues avec l'Ange 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 a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince MaxonBut for America Singer Le sourire à visage humain : Suivi de Citoyen, citoyenneté et Encore plus de plus being Selected is a nightmare It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen Soigner les plantes par les huiles essentielles et les huiles végétales 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 attacksThen America meets Prince Maxon Gradually Préparation aux examens de coiffure CAP : Sciences et technologie 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 Upon re read 5 years later Welp, it s still the guilty pleasure light silly read I knew it to be, but definitely not quite as entertaining as I remember. UPDATE 3 23 2016 YOU GUYS I owe Kiera Cass a TREMENDOUS apology Kiera Cass is the mother effing ORACLE OF DELPHI GET THAT WOMAN A JOB IN THE WHITE HOUSE, STAT.Because you guys She predicted Donald Trump s America Rich businessman War with China Renaming country after own self Creating a caste system based off of how much money one has I didn t believe this was an America that could happen, but turns out, I was the one who was wrong sobbing quietly into nuclear bunker ORIGINAL REVIEWI UPDATE 3 23 2016 YOU GUYS I owe Kiera Cass a TREMENDOUS apology Kiera Cass is the mother effing ORACLE OF DELPHI GET THAT WOMAN A JOB IN THE WHITE HOUSE, STAT.Because you guys She predicted Donald Trump s America Rich businessman War with China Renaming country after own self Creating a caste system based off of how much money one has I didn t believe this was an America that could happen, but turns out, I was the one who was wrong sobbing quietly into nuclear bunker ORIGINAL REVIEWI almost never write reviews, but I had to write one to try to persuade people to read this book Really, it has to be read to be believed This is actually the worst book I ve ever had the pleasure to encounter in my life, and I think it s only fair that everyone else get to enjoy it, too It s the best ten bucks and three hours of my life I ve ever spent I m not being sarcastic The entertainment value of this novel is high Especially if you can reenact scenes out loud with your boyfriend, which I may or may not have done.As for all you people who couldn t finish it WEAK Seriously The effery getsandamazing and you missed some inspiring prose I ve read through many of the reviews here, and people have done a good job of covering the problems Forgive me for treading familiar ground 1 RIDICULOUS NAMES I know, Collins did the same thing But while it works in Hunger Games to underscore the absurdity of the society the silliest names come from the Capitol or Career districts , here, it just makes all of our descendants sound stupid Stop smoking pot, kids Your progeny will be born dumb and name THEIR progeny things like America, Aspen, and Clarkson Please Think of the children Tangent I was describing this book to a friend, and I said, The heroine is named America Singer She has a really special talent, and you can tell from her name My friend.Is she really good at freedom 2 EXECRABLE WORLDBUILDING Great, even good dystopians SHOULD stem from a plausible scenario of the future e.g 1984 , and MUST make a commentary on society as it is now Hunger Games is once again the good example here it isn t exactly plausible, but all that War is Hell stuff is good This book fails miserably on both points Not only is the vision of the future ridiculous and implausible based on the world we know today, it demonstrates a complete lack of historical, economic, political, and anthropological understanding Midway through the book, we are given a breathtakingly idiotic vision of the future how has no one addressed this yet It s like the best part of the book view spoiler Apparently, America becomes so indebted to China that China decides to INVADE No, really Because if one country is in debt to another and the first country wants its money back, that s what you do International Relations 101 Only they find out that oops, there IS NO MONEY Likethe Chinese are sitting there thinking, IF ONLY WE INVADE, WE CAN GET OUR MONEY BACK Question WHY DIDN T AMERICA USE ITS MASSIVE NUCLEAR ARSENAL TO DEFEND ITSELF Did China defy international conventions and violate the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty it signed in 1992 WITHOUT ANYONE NOTICING Did America somehow lose its stockpile HOW DID THIS HAPPEN If you re not going to keep things vague like Collins, you need to address the GIANT GAPING HOLES in your idea SO then America becomes the American State of China HAHAHAH OMFG and they getlabor Yeah The Chinese want American labor Anyway, after China invades America, the Russians attack Because they are SMRT and expanding on BOTH FRONTS Which two fronts East andup I think she might mean China, but it s hard to tell Only, like Napoleon and Hitler learned WHEN WILL DICTATORS EVER GET IT RIGHT , fighting a war on two fronts is a BAD IDEA Russia and China have at it, then a dude named Gregory Illea saves America and forms a new government and country NAMED AFTER HIMSELF.Yes The nation that didn t even name itself after George Washington, decided to name itself after a private citizen who donated his money and knowledge Also, in the history of the world, how many countries are named after a PERSON Not even the worst dictators in the history of the world have done that ETA Regarding the naming a country after a person, I might be wrong Not sure See comments hide spoiler I suspect that the attitude of this author is best summed up in what one of the instructors says to the Selected Dear girls, history isn t something you study It s something you should just know If Cass had actually studied history at any point, she would have realized how asinine and ill concieved this vision of the future is.Moving on, though I guess it s hard to move on from that idiocy Anyway, the book also doesn t make a particularly cogent argument against misogyny, class ism, or even basic stupidity For example, view spoiler the palace is constantly under attack from rebels I fail to see why the king doesn t DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS Nope The rebels just keep on breaking in The king s response Get some metal window shades Seriously He could build an actual fort which, you know, people managed to do thousands of years ago before they had like tractors and shit He could move to a secret bunker He could DIG A MOAT AND FILL IT WITH ALLIGATORS But no He got some metal window shades He deserves to die and this country deserves to fall, just because of the principle of evolution and survival of the fittest These people ain t it hide spoiler Finally, the book actually perpetrates and supports misogynistic ideas For example, Marlee tells America that girls are all bitchy and out to backstab each other America takes this in stride, instead of, oh, pointing out that her sisters were great to her Why is it okay to say this or perpetrate this kind of belief about women Of course it s true of some women, as it s true of some men But it s not GENERALLY true of ALL women, and to say so is grossly misogynistic 3 TERRIBLE CHARACTERIZATION People lack depth, subtlety, and consistency in this book You have the classic Bitchy Mean Girl, the Devoted Maids, the Kindly Best Friend, the Adorable Young Tyke, and on and on and on As for lack of consistency Maxon, for example, is described as being not very good with girls I don t meet very many women, he says at one pointand yet he goes around calling everyone my dear ewww sleazy, by the way like a dedicated Regency rake It would be one thing if this was described as being awkward, but instead the women all seem to really like it so he s inexperienced, yet smooth with the ladies WTF Maxon is in general the least sexy hero I ve ever read First off, he s a shitty prince Even America studied the names faces of the other Selected, but Maxon asks to be forgiven if he s slow with names there are quite a few girls You re a PRINCE, Maxon Learning people s names and remembering them is a PART OF YOUR JOB, especially because you have access to that information Sit your ass down Memorize their names and faces He s also completely ignorant of what s going on in his country until America tells him and then he becomes an overnight communist because of her Not that there s anything wrong with communists per se, but I m still amused I get that as the prince he was maybe really sheltered from the realities of the caste system, but it s still really unsexy that he hasn t even tried to find out before It demonstrates a complete lack of curiosity, empathy, and imagination As a love interest, Maxon is just really creepy He says, You the Selected girls are all dear to me It is simply a matter of discovering who shall be the dearest Oh, ick The problem isn t that Maxon has clearly never been laid, which is fine I love non man ho heroes , the problem is he s so awkward sketchy that he also couldn t get laid if his life depended on it Actually, I wonder if he actually has all his manly parts intact, because he talks acts thinks like a not very bright woman I also really enjoyed this description of Maxon He just lookedthoughtful It was an interesting expression on his face Because, you know, Maxon usually just looks dumb as a brick, so when he s thinking, it s totally weird As for America, her stupidity is kind of endearing Watching her navigate the world is like watching a toddler cross traffic, only really hilarious She s unbelievably self centered, egotistical, and smug For example, her treatment of her maids is poorly thought out It s like Cass wants to make America sympathetic by having her care about her maids view spoiler such as her concern for the girls during the two rebel attacks hide spoiler , but America s actual behavior towards the girls is condescending and smug First, she can t be bothered to learn their names distinguish them from each other Later, she self righteously says that she enjoys the company of Sixes How about saying that YOU NEVER NOTICE CASTES, AMERICA That would be a better way of putting it Finally, America seems to think that the girls are TOTALLY HAPPY to just be America s maids and have no outside interests lives According to America, they just LIVE to serve her All people have their own agendas, Cass, and to describe the girls otherwise especially when you are using them to make a point about America s kindness thoughtfulness ends up making America look evenself absorbed, naive, and oblivious.4 WORSE DIALOGUE There is no subtlety, no tension If someone wants to know something SURE Any character will spill the inner workings of their mind immediately Case in point when Aspen is angry at America for cooking dinner, instead of drawing out the tension and creating a sense of unease with Aspen withholding this information, Aspen simply bursts out the chauvinistic truth Or when Maxon asks America whether or not she can love him the second time they meet , instead of saying, no, you re really creepy desperate, ew or how the fuck should I know, I just met you last night, which is I think how most girls would respond to that kind of question on the second meeting NOT even the second date , America says no and then TELLS HIM WHY a reason that can technically GET HER IN TROUBLE Who does that Someone who is acting according to the dictates of plot instead of human nature and their own characterization Then another character describes America as mysterious at one point America, who literally cannot keep her mouth shut about ANYTHING, even her own darkest secrets Clearly, the author s definition of mysterious is very different from everyone else s Cass is also VERY fond of using the dialogue tag sing or sang out Of the 7 or 8 times she does this, it fits ONCE when May sings the sitting in a tree song This is a really idiotic move because I sort of imagine everyone singing in a Miss Piggy tone of voice 5 PECULIAR DICTION The queen is described as sitting not in an icy way, in contrast to her husband and son Which makes zero sense Posture is not described as icy tone is, mien is, but not THE WAY YOU SIT You can t just use words because you feel like it Words mean specific things Also, someone twirls her fork menacingly No, really This is one of those fun things you can try to do at dinner tonight I get what Cass is trying to go here, but she hasn t described it right The girl s expression can be menacing WHILE she twirls her fork Or it can even be something like, She was merely twirling pasta on her fork, but she somehow managed to make the gesture look menacing, like she meant to stab me in the eye with it after I was finished eating But the way it s written is just abuse of the English language America also puts her books on a helpful shelf That s how I describe all my furniture when they fulfill their function chairs are helpful when I sit in them, beds are helpful because I can sleep in them, and stoves are helpful when they HELP ME COOK DINNER THANKS, STOVE At one point, America describes Aspen s hair as scraggly Here is the definition of scraggly 1 of a person or animal Thin and bony.2 Ragged, thin, or untidy in form or appearance.Now, I recognize the use of the word or in this definition that it can mean ragged, thin, OR untidy However, words have connotations as well as denotations, and using the word scraggly implies dirty and thin.Probably not how you want people to imagine one of the love interests hair Cass also likes to juxtapose words weirdly, like when America whisper yelled at Aspen, or when Maxon laughs with a bizarre mix of rigidity and calm, or a character who smiles in a way that s both excited and timideh 6 TELLING, NOT SHOWING America s family is described as poor because they are lower caste I don t buy it She has her own bedroom, and her family owns not only a fridge, but a TV, and they eat popcorn while they watch it Sure, they are kind of hungry and they don t have enough makeup tear , but when they ARE described as having amenities, it isn t explained And it would have been so easy to do Such as, the fridge was a cast off from the home of a Three Popcorn is cheap, so it s the only snack we can afford I had my own room, but only because older sis moved out It s also unclear what kind of house neighborhood the Singers live in Suburbs Inner city Rural countryside This would have gone a long way towards establishing America s poverty.Or people are described as regal without any indication of what that means stiff posture Raised chin Expressionless face Walks with a stick up their rears WHAT TELL US America s first breakfast in the palace The eggs and bacon were heaven, and the pancakes were perfectly done, not too thin like the ones I made at home WHAT DO HEAVENLY EGGS AND BACON TASTE LIKE TO YOU, AMERICA CRISPY SOGGY SALTY DOES THE FAT MELT ON YOUR TONGUE Writers make your words count Here s another stunning example of Cass s descriptive prowess The wallpaper, the gilt mirrors, the giant vases of fresh flowers were all so beautiful The carpets were lavish and immaculate, the windows were sparkling, and the paintings on the wall were lovely What kind of wallpaper is it How big are the mirrors What kind of flowers What do the carpets look like WHAT DOES ANYTHING LOOK LIKE This is not how you write description, guys.The telling, not showing also ties into the bad characterization We are TOLD, for example, that Aspen s mother is kind, because she give s clothes that didn t fit her kids any to families who had next to nothing This is not an effective example of kindness Giving away clothes that you don t use any isn t kind, because it lacks the element of sacrifice It s vaguely charitable at best If Cass wanted to use this example, she would have had to add something along the lines of instead of selling it for money 7 AWKWARD, STUPID, STILTED PLOT Witness the bargain that America offers the prince during their first meeting she offers to be his friend and to help him selected a bride after spilling all her dark secrets, natch Then, after like two meetings dates lol , America is hurt when Maxon didn t tell her something because she thinks that they are friends Not everyone is you, America Not everyone tells all their secrets to their actual friends after YEARS, let alone to random people after a mere days 8 PROBLEMATIC NOTIONS OF LOVE For example, at one point the prince says, I hope to find happiness, too To find a woman that all of Illea can love, someone to be my companion and to help entertain the leaders of other nations Someone who will befriend my friends and be my confidante I m ready to find my wife This is really offensive, and it s never addressed Maxon s idea of love is incredibly self centered someone whom HIS people can love, someone to be HIS companion, someone to help HIM entertain leaders of other nations, someone to befriend HIS friends and be HIS confidante And sure, a princess is public commodity and she should be popular with his people and not embarrass the country in front of other nations But even if you strip away the public aspect, Maxon doesn t at all mention wanting to be friends with HER friends, to be HER support, to be HER companion, to be a part of HER life He wants to enfold her into HIS life 9 STATISTICS IS FOR OTHER PEOPLE I m a little confused by everyone s lack of understanding of basic statistics in this book The selection is a lottery, and your odds are Not Good And yet this book opens, When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic She had already decided that all our problems were solved, gone forever The big hitch in her brilliant plan was me Um, I hate to break it to you, America, but technically the first big hitch in her problem is STATISTICS Your problems are not solved until YOU ARE SELECTED God, if the woman thinks the big hitch in her plan is America s stubbornness, she must be dumber than a brick like mother, like daughter, eh Curse you, mathematics, for being SO DIFFICULTS Later on, America notes that families had already started throwing parties for their daughters, sure that they would be the one chosen for the Selection SERIOUSLY THAT S LIKE ME CELEBRATING WINNING THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT BECAUSE I BOUGHT A TICKET 10 FORGET ABOUT THAT MFA I would say this is pretty much a master class in how not to write a novel Aspiring novelists, take note You can learnabout what not to do spending ten bucks on this than in an expensive university writing program11 AUTHORS BEHAVING BADLY Writing a book is really hard I respect that I don t respect the way this author treats reviewers, because reviews are for readers, who deserve to know what they are getting for their money Edited You guys, thank you so much for reading I am blown away by all of your support The review for The Elite is up, and I m working on The Heir Will attach links soon This book is like those little sachets of Nutella you get as free samples with like a magazine or a packet of Ritz or something, in that it s empty calories lite but seriously delicious It s really small and really bad for you and not really that satisfying but shit if you don t enjoy it Because, no matter how superior you think your tastes are, you will enjoy this Even just on a voyeuristic level You just have to forget all of the stuff you know Like, all of it Forget what you learned in This book is like those little sachets of Nutella you get as free samples with like a magazine or a packet of Ritz or something, in that it s empty calories lite but seriously delicious It s really small and really bad for you and not really that satisfying but shit if you don t enjoy it Because, no matter how superior you think your tastes are, you will enjoy this Even just on a voyeuristic level You just have to forget all of the stuff you know Like, all of it Forget what you learned in civics class and don t you dare remember even one page of that history textbook that your teacher shoved under your nose when you were eleven Don t untangle those headphones don t try to line up the yellow smarties This book is a house of cards Really cool to look at, but totally flimsy And the controversy is such a shame It s a shame that the creative minds behind this lovably fluffy duck down are the sort to hurl expletives at honest, non inflammatory reviewers via Twitter, which is literally the weakest way to attack someone, because were your reasons so flimsy that they wouldn t fill outthan 140 characters Come on Personal shitstorms aside, this book has about as much class and substance as its creators, but that s isn t to say that it didn t nicely pad out a two hour train journey from Dundee to Glasgow That commute, especially on a Friday lunchtime, is a snore Add that to a tiny waif of a story with all of the addictive allure of crack and you ve got two covers that you can turn in one single sitting.I m not going to lie to you and say that I didn t have preconceived notions about this one I mean, come on The social drama was embarrassing Add that to a name like America Singer and you ve got a character I m expecting to hate But the thing was that I totally didn t.I have a bit of a problem with those who expect teen girls in YA books to behave like street smart successful thirty year olds with enough life experience to be able to judge any situation with a clinical and businesslike edge I know I wasn t like that when I was sixteen, and neither were you When I was sixteen I fell in love with a supply teacher and thought that having chipped nail polish made me look edgy America is kind of like me She s probably kind of like you, too She s over dramatic and foolishly optimistic and she gets swept up by a single kind action from a cute boy So what She s a teenage girl She s also careful, restrained and compassionate She doesn t swallow bullshit like it s Orange Julius She s believable I m not usually a huge fan of the whole I m special because I m plain which this whole book does use as a giant smoke screen for its sexism there s the inevitable conversation in which someone says that big groups of girls always means there s snarky bitching and tons of competition, which doesn t hang together at all if you look at what is perpetuating this competition Cass gives us commentary on girls and their competitiveness without actually tackling the reasoning behind that, which is of course a society whose foundations rely on a lack of camaraderie between women and this idea that in terms of relationships, men come first.Who is funding, perpetuating, and benefitting from the Selection Maxon, who will gain a wife, and the king, who will solidify his dynasty The queen is merely there for decoration she says and does nothing of import This book, had it not been the Nutella free sample of dystopia in which there s no greater peril than running out of bow tie pasta and having to resort to lasagne sheets, could have been a fantastic allegory for the way in which women compete and are punished for it, when in fact it is men and male benefactors specifically who both incite and perpetuate said competition We are supposed to hate Celeste because she s our stereotypical heartless mean girl and YA caters only to the insecurities of those who are visually plain, placing girls who wear lipstick into a terribly unflattering light and only exacerbating types of girls when in fact Celeste and her desperation to climb the social ladder is a blinding example of what this patriarchal power imbalance between men and women has created in Cass s world That is, the idea that male acceptance and male pleasure has infinitely greater value than that of women This idea that men and romance comes first, and female friendships threaten that, and get her Tackle her Don t let that hussy steal your man He s all that gives you value, remember Calling out all my friends are guys, there s less drama because girls are bitches gives me immense satisfaction When I hear that self important special snowflake shit it makes me want to hurl Is that any way to speak about your fellow woman Do you understand the waves that women can make when they work together This book is nowhere near as bad in this area as it could have been but we weren t spared disapproving glances at Bariel s breasts or the constant commentary on Celeste and her ridiculously exaggerated competitive antics Do me a favour and spare me another wasted concept, because there s no peril to this, and because there s no peril, the story has no weight None of these girls are being forced to do this There s monetary gain involved but America s family are not exactly begging for scraps, are they Why on earth we re watching a middle class girl agonize so deeply over a silly competition that she chose to enter is beyond me What s further beyond me is the whole caste system, and why it s even in place, and why this book is a dystopia This could have been a four star read for me had it been set in a high fantasy world, maybe in a kingdom called Candy Land where everything was frivolous and silly with an undercurrent of darkness and social instability But let s look at the technicalities of this We have a competition with no negative outcomes that everyone adores except the faceless rebels who lack any real presence and who are portrayed as nasty barbarians when in fact what they re rebelling against is fat cats sitting in a palace eating fruitcake while children in the lower castes starve The prince for whom they re competing is hot and charming and sweet Goddamn, nothing about this is dystopian You might look at the poverty pointedly but is the poverty ever explored in any meaningful way Is there ever any real commentary attached to it No.Jesus, just add some fucking peril to your dystopia But it s light and fluffy It s not meant to be serious you say Newsflash dystopia is a really goddamn serious genre Dystopia is a genre that is built around social commentary Don t you dare come in and fluff up a genre that was created as a platform for authors to offer creative, intelligent critique and discourse on some of the most controversial and powerful social issues in the real world Dystopia is a gift dystopian stories can make us better people This is not a dystopia It is just silly.Honestly This book could have been so muchIt could have been powerful and groundbreaking It s not like the writing was anything special in some places, it s just plain bad This book is filled with some of the most unnatural and stilted dialogue I have ever read or that any of the characters, even those I liked Maxon was an unexpected favourite of mine, even if he is a two faced spineless dingbat , grabbed my attention enough to make me give a crap It s just one big pile of wasted potential And I am so suspicious of authors who say that they write without agenda because one cannot claim to do impossible things Every single piece of writing in existence has agenda, big or small, powerful or menial Don t say that you just wanted to write a little light hearted dystopia that nobody should take too much to heart Don t Don t do that Don t do what Lauren DeStefano did when she wrote about rape and polygamy and forced marriage and sex with thirteen year olds and then claimed that there was no social commentary behind it, and that she wasn t trying to say anything with her writing The fuck Don t fuck with really serious issues and then try to wriggle out of readers concern or curiosity by claiming that you didn t mean anything by it That s lazy and also sort of insulting All of that said, don t be too surprised by my three star rating I m sorry, but I couldn t award less to a book that engrossed me so, and that was such guilty fun I was absolutely hypnotized Reaction before reading this book I know I may be a sucker for falling for this cover, but look at it I totally want to go to that party.Reaction after reading this book I no longer want to go to this party.Full disclosure I did not read this entire book I took notes for the first 88 pages, read to page 168, and then skimmed the rest I think readingthan half the book qualifies as giving it a fair shot The Selection arrives with a gorgeous cover and interesting premise What if a lott Reaction before reading this book I know I may be a sucker for falling for this cover, but look at it I totally want to go to that party.Reaction after reading this book I no longer want to go to this party.Full disclosure I did not read this entire book I took notes for the first 88 pages, read to page 168, and then skimmed the rest I think readingthan half the book qualifies as giving it a fair shot The Selection arrives with a gorgeous cover and interesting premise What if a lottery allowed 35 teenage girls to compete for the hand of a handsome prince I thought this might be a fun and fluffy read, so I pushed aside my initial misgivings about the names and pounced on the chance to read the ARC Turns out, sometimes your gut is just trying to do its job, as I kept struggling with the book until I finally admitted that I didn t find a single aspect of this story that I enjoyed Somehow I missed the early blurb that described this novel as a mash up between the The Bachelor and The Hunger Games, which is unfortunate because the comparison to the television show is pretty spot on Mentioning it in the same breath as The Hunger Games is a travesty, however, since this book barely qualifies as a dystopian novel and certainly the quality of the story, characters, themes, and writing don t come even close to comparing.Here are some facts which may help you decide whether you want to read this book Character Names Our main character s name is America Singer Guess what she does Her boyfriend s name is Aspen Prince Charming s name is Prince Maxon Schreave, who must marry a True Daughter of Il a Other names include Queen Amberly, King Clarkson, Tiny, Kriss, Marlee, Bariel, Gavril, Kamber, and Sosie.Attempts to Make This Novel Dystopian Sketchy caste system Talk of provinces Girls are required to wait until marriage to have sex Infrastructure Committees Occasional mentions of hunger and lack of makeup Writing Very obvious protestations that are easily seen through Juvenile dialogue A lot of whispering to convey dramatic statements A plethora of exclamation points view spoiler And or the love of Pete, could we stop ending sentences in unnecessary prepositions, please Eff you, cell phone commercial You ve ruined whole generations hide spoiler Bachelor like Elements Contestants vying for a perfect guy Appearance fees Contracts Gossiping Sabotage Tears Eliminations Television specials Icky elements view spoiler I was afraid early on that the book was headed into really tasteless territory since the girls are asked point blank whether they re virgins and have to sign contracts saying the Prince can demand anything he wants of them and they cannot refuse , but fortunately it doesn t get muchgross than that hide spoiler But no limos and no rose ceremonies Booo.Most Annoying Element of All The story ends on a cliffhanger, as if there was so much going on in this one book, it could not be contained in a single volume Random Quotes Why did Mom have to push me so much Wasn t she happy Didn t she love Dad Why wasn t this good enough for her Please don t call me gorgeous First my mom, then May, now you It s getting on my nerves By the way Aspen was looking at me, I could tell I wasn t helping my I m not pretty case He smiled.Aspen was dressed in white He looked angelic.That was it I slapped him You idiot I whisper yelled at him I hate him I loved you I wanted you all I ever wanted was you If you don t want me to be in love with you, you re going to have to stop looking so lovely So Whether you ll enjoy this book depends on whether you find any of the above details appealing If, like me, they make you want to pull out your hair, it may be best to either try this one out at the library first or just admire the pretty cover design from a safe distance.Putting aside the fact that this probably would have worked better as a straightforward fairy tale without the pseudo dystopian details, as well as the annoying focus on boys boys boys being the be all and end all of this book, the whole thing wasn t really a very enjoyable reading experience to me, not even as mindless entertainment Every scene, every character, and every plot development was predictable and worse yet, a clich , and the dialogue and machinations felt painfully juvenile throughout the entire story I almost wish this were a middle grade novel, except that there are a few too many make out scenes for that Plus I don t think I would have enjoyed this even at the age of 8 As always, these kinds of books are just a matter of taste All in all, I really don t have violent feelings about The Selection the way I do with such books as The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or Elizabeth Miles Fury, but I m afraid I can t say that I found very much about it that was redeeming, either This review also appears in The Midnight Garden.After less than 24 hours of this review being live Some pretty horrible developments occurred Please check message 239 on this post if you re interested And yes, this is the review that was featured the Publishers Weekly article Should Authors and Agents Weigh In on Citizen Reviews Those interested in how this one review still continues to affect me 2 years after posting it should check out the links in message 239 as well This review has not been altered at all since its publication, with the exception of the addendum, and to delete a quote that was misread