Flawed By Cecilia Ahern ~ Aren't we all?

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
PUBLISHED BY Feiwel and Friends, April 5, 2016
GENRES: Young Adult Fiction
PAGES: 336
FORMAT: Hardback
SOURCE: OwlCrate
PACING: {4/5}

Hai bookies, I don't know if I shared with you that I am a brand rep for several amazing bookish companies. One of them OwlCrate. OwlCrate is a monthly YA fantasy subscription box that arrives at you doorstep packed full of bookish goodies that correspond with book. I wait with full on anxious shivers for my box each month.

This is June so yes I am eons late with this post *hides face in shame* because this book featured is 'Flawed' from the April OwlCrate Box. The genre/theme for the month of April was Dystopia. I finished this book in 3 days. It was such a quick read.

SYNOPSIS via Goodreads:

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.


I really enjoyed this book. This was my first Cecilia Ahern novel so I couldn't compare it to any of her other adult novels. Being that it is categorized as Dystopian YA, I went into with the expectation that there would be typical YA tropes. I mean, let's be honest. Although I am noticing a slight shift in YA storytelling, authors are still somewhat trapped in the teeny bop plots that we've come to aspect in YA.

Right from the beginning, the main character Celestine North unnerved me with her illogical allegiance to perfection. Her life is "seemingly flawless". She lives with her parents, younger brother and rebellious sister and she always makes certain to abide by the rules of the Guild. The Guild is a faction that was constructed when the government failed to bring about resolutions of peace within society {Insert Divergent}. Her boyfriend Art is the son of Judge Craven who so happens to be the head of the Guild. The governing members of the Guild decide what is immoral or unethical in society and if you are found to have committed the aforementioned you will be branded 'Flawed'. I thought the juxtaposition between Celestine's budding hopes of becoming a mathematician and her overall type A perfectionist attitude was spot on. You cannot make mistakes in math when seeking the answers. Her perfect world would be shattered when one Celestine decides to help an elderly man on a bus who happens to be branded 'Flawed'.  This incident lands her in a courtroom facing Judge Crevan, who will judge whether her "mistake" warrants Celestine to be be branded "Flawed' for the rest of her life.

Although Celestine, before discovering that there is no such thing as perfection, was somewhat annoying inside her little bubble, Ahern wrote her growth development perfectly {Pun Intended}.

I was never lost while reading this book. I was able to really dissect why Celestine was the person she was through her POV and I loved the way Ahern built, so intensely, Celestine's unraveling. With fair warning, there are a few triggers in this book. Celestine's branding was brutal and when she was subsequently kidnapped and tortured  by classmates after they discovered she was 'Flawed", whom she thought were friends, I wanted to just cringe. She couldn't see them for who they were when her blinders were on, but when she was branded she saw them clearly because she understood what it was like to be them. She saw herself in them; looking down on others, being judgmental. Everything Celestine went through was a mirror for her.  

Overall this book was captivating, fast paced and I loved that Ahern created a diverse main character in Celestine. She was biracial. I must prepare that although she and Art's relationship is rocky at certain points in the story it can be very cheesy lol, but it's still written in a way that doesn't take away from the story. I'm excited because this is the first book in  series. Here;' the bookish breakdown:

My Rating:{4/5}