Book Review: Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern

Posted July 11, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 25 Comments

Book Review: Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia AhernTitle: Flawed
Series: Flawed #1
Also in Series: Perfect
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Dystopian
Length: 336 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

You will be punished…

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 where 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 where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Book Quotes

“Knowledge is often a responsibility nobody wants.”

“I know the difference between right and wrong. I understand the rules. But today I feel that the rules have been blurred, because today they were literally on my front doorstep.”

My Thoughts

This was my first Cecelia Ahern read and apparently her first foray into Young Adult literature. I’ve heard lots of good things about her adult books so I was happy to pick up Flawed for review. Sadly I can’t say that I was wowed.

I loved the concept behind this Flawed. The idea of a society that prized conformity over individuality. A government that ruled with an iron fist and punished severely anyone who acted outside of the norms..anyone who was flawed or made even the smallest mistake.

I loved how Celestine with a little help from her grandfather learned to think for herself and come to the realization that mistakes and flaws are what inform who we are and how we grow and learn.

I just couldn’t get past how rigid and unbelievable the society was though…and how many people just went along with it. It just didn’t seem plausible to me.

I also wasn’t thrilled with the lackluster love triangle that developed early on in Flawed and was maintained throughout.

Overall Ahern’s writing was smooth, the pacing worked well and I enjoyed the read, but never really fell in love with the world or the characters.

About Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. On 14th December 2009 it was announced that Cecelia had given birth to her first child with partner David Keoghan, a girl named Robin. She was secretly married on 11 June 2010 in County Kildare, Ireland. Her older sister, Georgina Ahern is married to Nicky Byrne of Irish pop group Westlife. Cecelia was a member of the Irish pop group Shimma who finished third in the Irish national for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. She attended Griffith College Dublin and obtained a degree in Journalism and Media Communications.

Cecelia Ahern wrote her first novel, PS. I Love You when she was twenty-one. It was published in 2004, the number 1 bestseller in Ireland for 19 weeks and sold in over forty countries. The book was adapted as a motion picture directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and released in 2007 in the United States.

Her second book, Where Rainbows End (US title: Love, Rosie or Rosie Dunne) won the German CORINE Award in 2005. She contributed with short stories to charity books and is also the co-creator and producer of the ABC comedy Samantha Who?.

Her other works include If You Could See Me Now (US title: A Silver Lining), A Place Called Here (US title: There’s No Place Like Here) Thanks for the Memories (US title: Desire Lines) The Gift The Book of Tomorrow

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25 responses to “Book Review: Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern

    • Melissa

      I think that on the whole I just had trouble buying it…and trouble deciding who to root for which made it less enjoyable… lol

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