Wow! It may be categorised as YA, but I was on the edge of my seat all throughout reading Flawed! What a story. It’s actually one of those books in which to say too much would be to give the plot away so I’m at a loss as to what to write other than you simply must read this book…
Cecelia Ahern is more known for her adult fiction bestsellers, but flawed is her first attempt at the YA genre and the subject is simply captivating. Celestine is a good girl. For a teenager, she appears to be the perfect role model for girls of her generation, kind, clever, respectful and ambitious. Above all, she plays by the rules of society. However, the society in which Celestine is growing up in demands absolute perfection and when it doesn’t get that it physically brands its perpetrators as flawed. Never did anyone imagine Celestine’s actions would become scrutinised by those who make the flawed rules and when she questions the idea of common sense, she soon comes to realise that some rules in this society need breaking.
There is a scene in the book which makes my stomach turn, but I applaud Ahern for not shying away from the realities and stark consequences of this society and I believe this is what the younger readers want and need from their YA books because it is relevant in order to get its powerful message across. The whole idea of the book is based on power; who has it, who should and shouldn’t have it and what happens when that power is abused.
Flawed is certainly a great conversation starter and a book I believe will do well not just with YA readers, but adult readers as well. My only gripe: There is no conclusion to the story as I found to my annoyance, as the finale continues in March 2017 when Perfect is released, but that date is already marked in my diary!
I received this book for review from the wonderful people at Netgalley.