I originally read The Selection a few years ago when it first came out. Recently, I happened upon it at the library and decided to give it another shot. I remember feeling fairly ambivalent about it the first time – it was fun but nothing special. I’m a bit of a Bachelor die hard fan, so I decided to reread this. My memory of it the first time was pretty spot on. This is a very light and fluffy read, definitely lacking depth, but great if you can park your brain (and logic) and not question it too deeply.
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.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.