First Book Impression: The Selection

Estephanie Jimenez, Editor

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For any dedicated young adult reader it’s very hard to not have heard about the famous book The Selection and it’s even harder to not come across people singing praises on the entire series. As a loyal YA reader I just had to stop by the public library to get this book and see what all the hype is about. Let me tell you the hype is REAL.

On my way to the library I had read the synopsis of the book which described, “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 Maxon.”

I immediately thought that it was going to be one of those typical books where the girl falls in love with the arrogant prince who thinks he’s self entitled to anything and everything. You have no idea how much I hate those type of characters, but surprisingly Prince Maxon is not like that AT ALL. He’s actually a really caring guy who just wants to be the best he can be for his people, all the while trying to find the love of his life in the competition. I promptly fell in love with him (insert heart eyes here).

However, I personally thought the book needed a bit more action and drama to spice things up even more. Considering that it is the first book of the series it could perhaps be like these element because it’s the first book and introduces the characters to a certain level. Such elements could be brought forward in the second book.

Although I had problems with the dramatic aspect of the book, I still loved it. Sue me, I love drama. I loved the romance going on in the book and how dangerous love can truly be in the world in which the character America Singer lives. There is an awesome love triangle towards the end of the first book that will leave you wanting to read the second just to see who America has her happily ever after with.
If you’re into love triangles and princes then this book is definitely for you!