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.
Published: 24th March 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Series or Stand-Alone: Book 1, Flawed
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Let's talk about first impressions. I already know and love Cecelia Ahern as an author and when I heard that she was coming out with a new book I was so excited. I had not realised at the time it was going to be a young adult novel different to what she had written before. So, what I decided to do before reading this novel is to try and go into this blind and not have any anticipations because of the fact that I love this author. I wanted to read this novel as if I was rediscovering this author for the first time. For me, that was completely the right thing to do. It was like I had discovered a new favourite author all over again!
Honestly speaking, the first part of this book I wasn't sure whether I was going to like it or not as it seemed like many other YA books I have read in the past. That was until the pivotal point in this story when Celestine stands up for what she believes in and does not give up even though it means that she will be punished severely. This book had me hooked right from that moment until the very last page. In fact, this was the first book in a very long time that actually made me scream out loud 'Nooooooooo!' when I got to the last word. I didn't want the story to end. I can't believe I have to wait a whole year for the next instalment!!!!
The best part of this story by far as the message the story gives. In this story you have two types of people - perfect and flawed. If you are flawed that means that you have a brand somewhere on your body that you have to not hide either by not covering it up and by wearing a bracelet on the arm that shows everybody you are flawed. To become a flawed person you needn't do much, maybe help someone who is already flawed among many things that are prohibited. Not realising it at the time, Celestine stands up for what she believes in and becomes an example for change in the community. What a great message to send out in a story.
Even though this is a young adult story, I would highly recommend this for all ages and even if you haven't read a Cecelia Ahern book before.