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Flawed Paperback – 21 March 2016
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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 in which 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 this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
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‘Immediately gripping, fast-paced… a total triumph.’ ***** Heat
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‘Cecelia Ahern is an undisputed master when it comes to writing about relationships… Moving, real and exquisitely crafted.’ Heat
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‘Exceptional … both heartbreaking and uplifting’ Daily Express
About the Author
- Publisher : HarperCollins GB (21 March 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008126364
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008126360
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 491,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story follows Celestine North, a teenage girl with an average life. She lives with her middle class family, has an annoying sister, an adoring boyfriend, there is one huge difference in how Celestine has to live and the rules she has to abide by. Previous Governments have made a mess of things, so the citizens decided to take matters into their own hands and they introduce ‘The Guild’, a committee made up of judges, who are the new leadership, deciding who is 'flawed' and how they should be punished. The flawed are not imprisoned but they must wear an arm band as a brand and are constantly undermined and treated as second class citizens.
Celestine is aware of these rules and has always been a good however when she shows respect to a flawed man on the bus, she is forced to face the consequences. She suddenly sees herself being used to set an example to the whole county. Her trial seems rigged from the start and pretty soon everything she has believed in is being called into question.
The fact that we have a young girl, trying to find her way in the world, who falls against favour when trying to come to someone’s aid reminded me of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. She also unwittingly becomes a leader for a political movement. However it is still utterly original and unique.
The story has been left open for the next book ‘Perfect’ and I will certainly be buying it. The fact that this is a YA book does not detract from the very serious storyline, this book can be enjoyed by adults too. 'Flawed' had me gripped from the beginning and couldn't put it down! This is why I've awarded it 5 stars.
The moral of the story (everyone makes mistakes but they should not be what defines your character and life) is simple but worth being reminded of. I especially think it’s a lesson that is hugely valuable for teenagers, which is of course the target audience for this book- I’m not a teenager but loved the story regardless!
There are a few minor plot issues (SPOILER ALERT - why exactly did the whistleblowers know to turn up at the bus so quickly, for example?!) but not enough to make me give this less than 5 stars. It’s an excellent story that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys YA fiction.
I recently re-read this series, sharing it with my boyfriend, and even he was eager to find out what happened to Celestine.
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Oh My God! I don't know where to start with this one. I'm determined that this will be the subject of my first post but I'm scared I won't be able to do it justice, in fact I know I won't be able to do it justice but I have to try, and I hope it won't all come tumbling out as even more gushing, no matter how much I want to.
Secondly, read this book. No matter what you're into, no matter what you expect, it is going to be better.
I was lucky enough to win a copy on twitter but I would have bought it anyway, as I love Cecilia Ahern's books. As I also love Young Adult, I knew this was going to be good, what I did not know was that this was way harder to read than any of the adult books she has written.
So, I read this and then made my mum read it. Then we both made my sister read it, she read it twice in one week! Gave it to a friend who stayed up all night to finish it and then gave it to her sister. We all have different tastes in books but none of us could put the book down. I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever get it back! Next I think I'll try it on my dad who never reads anything but the paper.
'Never trust anyone who walks into your house and sits at the head of the table' this is a great quote from the book and tells you a lot. Celestine lives in a world where everything is perfect.She has a wonderful family and the perfect boyfriend. Anyone who is less than perfect is branded so that the rest of the world knows exactly what you've done wrong. In a split second decision, Celestine does something that changes her life forever. Now she will have to decide, admit to being flawed or save herself by doing something that will truly prove she is flawed.
As you read the book you learn more and more about all the characters, even those who seem 2 dimensional soon prove they have more to them than you first thought, and some of them are really not as you think.
Anyway, this time I couldn't escape it and so I bought it. I took it home. I let it stew for a few days: spent some time in my bag, got to know its contents, didn't get along with Mr Kindle...Long story short - I think I had it for almost a week before I finally got round to reading and in some ways...I wish I hadn't.
Because I finished it within a day. And I HATE that about good books. It takes you forever to find them but a moment to consume them. Alas, such is life.
Flawed is a Perfect (pun not intended) example of good quality YA. Excellent quality YA. Beautiful plot, crafted almost flawlessly (really not intended, it’s just the truth).
Celestine is every bit soft as Katniss is tough...but she doesn't come across weak and whiny as can sometimes happen. She owns her traits, recognises them and learns to abandon them when called for. And it is this aspect of Ms Ahern's writing that I adore: we are not given the perfect package with Celestine, however she is always relatable: before and after the difficulties she faces. she is REALISTIC and I love this about the book. The premise is realistic. The characters are realistic. Yes, you might come across a few quirky ones but even they come across authentic.
But what I love most about Flawed is the ability to build suspense without an awful lot of action. This book is not about a characters ability to get out of sticky situations using paranormal-level methods of deduction and amazing fighting skills they 'didn't know they possessed'. In fact, it is the complete opposite: it is about people and what makes us good and how we all have an innate tendency towards good no matter what we may be told. It is about Celestine learning to read people, do what is right for her and everyone around her.
I personally will read this book again, but this time with a highlighter because I want to highlight the many passages within it that made me stop and think.
Whilst there was a sense that you knew Celestine would do something against the grain of the government, I did not expect the physical torture of her punsihment and how disturbed it made me feel. Very unlike many of Cecelia Ahern's previous books, but yet still had me captivated as to what would happen next.
It took me a while to understand the location of the story - even now I could not attest it to any place known to me. It was slightly atherial which gave its mystery and which is something Ahern does excel at. But there was something very medieval about the punishments used yet set in a modern setting it felt out of place. It leaves you guessing what kind of government punishes people in this way for flaws and makes you wonder what their actual criminal justice system is like.
The romantic element of the book was not the main plot, although it played a role in Celestine's journey. But rather, a girl who, having perceived as perfect by herself and everyone around her, faces a human dilemma which goes against the rules of the government and she is ostracised for helping someone who themselves was seen as ostracised by that society.
I found the lack of focus on romance quite refreshing but, as already said, the element of the book describing the torture/punishment was really quite vivid and totally unexpected having previously tread other books by Ahern.
I would recommend it however if suspense is something you crave for in a book.