Book Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

April 20, 2016 Book review 3 ★★★½

I’ve had a bit of an up/down relationship with previous books by this Cecelia Ahern. Some I’ve adored and I read them before I rated books but they would have been rock solid 5 stars (Love Rosie, If You Could See Me Now) but then others have been that bit too weird for me (A Place Called Here – which was a did-not-finish for me). Still when I heard she writing a YA Dystopia, I was intrigued and very excited to read it.


Book Review: Flawed by Cecelia AhernFlawed by Cecelia Ahern
Published by Feiwel & Friends on April 5th 2016
Genres: Social Themes, Dystopian, Young Adult, Social Issues
Pages: 402
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher

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 her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

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First Line of Flawed by Cecelia Ahern:

“I am a girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white.”

My Thoughts on Flawed by Cecelia Ahern:

On the whole I enjoyed it. Celestine starts off as a bit of a wishy-washy character, she follows the rules, doesn’t seem able to think for herself and blindly sets out to be perfect. Which is pretty understandable as to be Flawed in this society is dangerous and punishable. So I don’t blame her for going with the flow.

However as we progress though the book, Celestine progresses too. Due to events, she is forced to re-evaluate all she ever believed in. Now she is asking the big questions and pondering moral issues that she never dared probe at before.

However as great as her growth is, what I really enjoyed is that it was slow. She didn’t get this flash of inspiration and grow nerves of steel all of a shot. Instead she is pushed into a situation and she cautiously starts to push the boundaries for herself. It felt very realistic and believable.

The world building is interesting. I could see how this world evolved even if it is also flawed logic (see what I did there :D). We are all flawed, we all make mistakes, and to err is human. And that is also how we grow. But as dystopian societies are all about taking power and maintaining control, it makes sense that a world like this could potentially happen, little by little until that way of thinking becomes the normal. Thinking about this world and all the moral questions that it raised were two of the highlights of the book for me.

However there was a downside. When it comes to YA dystopia, it’s hard to find a book that feels totally original and I didn’t feel that originality here. The basic premise is one I’ve read before, there is just a different reason for the growth of the society and different rules to be upheld but the overall feel was similar to many YA dystopias. Also there is a feel of a love triangle and an insta-love romance.  Enough said.

Back to the upside! The pace was swift and I read the book rapidly as I was so curious about what would happen next. I felt engaged with the characters and I loved that the family relationships were well explored.   It was an interesting start to the series and I look forward eagerly to the follow-up Perfect which comes out in 2017.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-half-stars


Who should read Flawed by Cecelia Ahern?

I’d recommend this to you if you enjoy YA Dystopia books, like pondering moral issues and are a fan of character driven books. If you haven’t read a lot of YA Dystopia books, then I think your enjoyment would be a lot higher than mine as you’ll be less jaded than I am by similar plotlines. There is also a great message behind the book and one that I think younger readers could benefit a lot from.

Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers Ireland for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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3 Responses to “Book Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I have a few authors that I have a bit of a love/hate relationship. This sounds like it was on the love side of your relationship with Ahern. I don’t read much dystopian or YA which I think might be a good thing when approaching this book as it would feel new to me. I like how Celestine’s growth is slow. It also seems so unrealistic if a character goes from complete believer to total rebel in one flash of thought.
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…One Night Charmer – Review

  2. Rae Sky

    This was a pretty cool review. Yesterday, I wandered into Crossword, (as usual) as the rest of my family shopped. I picked this novel out as I like Cecilia Ahern enough, to know that her writing style is quite good.
    Seeing the back description, I wasn’t quite allured by the sense of reading, yet another YA dystopian novel, due to having read several other plot lines of this genre. But I’m a curious one, so I began the book and completeld the first three chapters or so in under 45-50 minutes.
    I liked moral discussions that Celestine kept having internally. I was wondering whether I should continue it or not and that’s when I came across your site. Thanks for the help.
    Keep up with the great reviewing Trish. And belated merry christmas.

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