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The Selection by Kiera Cass

Cinderella meets The Bachelor in this perfect beach read YA novel

I mentioned at the beginning of the year that I was in a mega non-fiction zone.

But then I read the new Sarah Dessen book and listened to all three of the Burn for Burn books and remembered how much I love young adult fiction.

The Selection was my most recent binge-listen. I got a physical copy of the book for this campaign, but my library had audio copies of the whole series so I just checked them out and listened to them all.

I only needed to read the first book, but I blew through the next two books in the series – The Elite and The One – in about ten days and now I’m just (im)patiently waiting for the fourth book in the series, The Heir, which comes out next week.

Also, nothing makes me feel like a reading fraud like finding out that a series I have never heard of or seen is a New York Times bestseller.

The Selection is billed as Cinderella meets The Bachelor. I’ve never seen a single episode of the Bachelor so. . . I can’t speak to whether this is true or not, but I do know the general premise of the show, and so I buy that description.

The story follows America Singer. The world has been redivided into new countries, and her country is set up in a fairly strict caste system. She’s a 5 and the boy she’s in love with, Aspen, is a 6 (which is lower) and if they marry, she’ll become a 6 too.

But all those decisions weighing on her take a backseat when she’s chosen as one of 35 girls from the country to compete for the hand of the Prince. (She applied under strong pressure from her mother who definitely has some visions of grandeur).

Since she wasn’t too keen to be there in the first place, she isn’t feeling very competitive and lets Prince Maxon, who she thinks is terribly conceited, know it right from the start.

But they quickly become friends when she realizes he’s not conceited as much as he is sheltered and also super nervous about having to pick a wife from a group of strangers when he’s never even been on a date. And he likes that she’s not trying to ingratiate herself to him and he’s hugely amused by her initial disdain for him.

Of course, once you’re in the thick of the competition and also living the high life in the castle and the boy of your dreams is hundreds of miles away, you suddenly start to think there might be something to this competition after all. . . .

This isn’t great literature  – I know you’re shocked to hear it – but it’s super fun and perfect for fluffy summer reading (although, let’s be honest; I love fluffy reading all year long).

We’re headed to the beach this weekend and now I’m trying to figure out what books to pack for that trip. There’s nothing quite like reading beach books when you’re actually at the beach.

(Also, how spectacular are these dresses?)

Cinderella meets The Bachelor in this perfect beach read YA novel

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  • Reply Ruth Maldonado April 27, 2015 at 11:35 am

    This looks great! I haven't been reading a lot but I definitely want to try this series! Looks like a fun interesting read!

  • Reply Michelle April 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    This seems interesting, but I had kind of a love/hate relationship with the Matches Series…how would you compare these to those?

  • Reply rebeccalately April 27, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I passed on these because they sounded too fluffy for me.. but you are so right, sometimes you just need some fluff in your life. I've been reading a serious book, so this would be great for a break!

  • Reply myr_heille April 27, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I adore those covers. They're at least 75% of the reason why I read this series. I'm reading the third one now, I can't say that I like the inside as much as the cover, haha. I think the love triangle is kind of lame, but it's an okay series in general.

  • Reply april April 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I felt so silly for enjoying this series as much as I did. I adored it. I didn't realize there was a new one coming out, need to add it to my library list before everyone else gets there!!

  • Reply Kayla FrecklesinApril April 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Whoa those covers are gorgeous. Must read…

  • Reply Amber April 27, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I can not tell you how much I love this series. Let's me honest – most of my book reads are YA fiction fluffs. :). I can not wait for heir to come out…. I've been waiting forever!!!

    I also enjoyed Cinder – different spin on the Cinderella story.

  • Reply Linda April 28, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I enjoyed these three, but didn't know a fourth was coming out. Exciting!

  • Reply Holly Hoffman Spears April 28, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I've heard these are quite enjoyable, but I couldn't get myself to start another series that wasn't finished yet. I hate the waiting! And I always forget what happened in the last one by the time the next one comes out. Is #4 going to be it do you think or will the series continue?

  • Reply Salem April 28, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Can you tell me how you get through so many audiobooks so quickly? I'm in awe! I don't particularly like listening with my kids around in case of swearing or other themes. Please let tell me your secret!

  • Reply Katelyn Smith April 30, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I thought your review of it contained better writing than the novel itself. That being said, I'm on hold for book #2. . . . what…..?? haha 🙂

  • Reply Jodi June 25, 2015 at 4:05 am

    I saw this post last week, and seriously blew through these books. I just read all the light we cannot see, so I needed something light! I told my husband these were like the Bachelor (which yes, I admit I watched for a while- like total junkfood) meets the hunger games meets matched. Lots of similarities.

  • Reply yuilhan November 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Reminds me of a not so dark version of the chemical garden.

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