The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Synopsis

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

Hardcover, 327 pages
Published        April 24th 2012         by HarperTeen

My Review

In The Selection, your caste will depend how you live, how much food you will have to eat. America Singer is listed as a 5. It’s towards the bottom, but not the worst. Aspen, the boy she loves, is a 6. One below her. His family struggles more than hers. She has decided she is ready to marry to him, even if that means she has less than she has now.

Then the letter comes. She is part of the Selected. The Selected are the chosen girls that have the chance to marry Price Maxon and become the crowned Princess. She has to decide whether or not to leave the boy she loves or  attempt to win a competition she doesn’t want to win. If she stays she can be with Aspen. If he goes, she has the chance to be able to provide more for her family. Most girls are wanting to win….not for the prince, but for the crown. America wants love.

Maxon or Aspen. Aspen or Maxon. I have a hard time deciding who I would want America to be with. Each has his own pros and cons. America takes an emotional ride with each one. They have their good moments and their bad. If she decides she wants to compete for the crown will she have to go without love?

In The Selection, America learns more about herself. She is able to set herself apart from her normal everyday life, and try something new. Being able to try something new, she is able to discover more about herself since she has to deal with new situations. The more she learns about herself, the more decisions she will have to make about her life.

Most girls would love the chance to be a princess, but is it really worth it?

The Selection (The Selection, #1)
I was trying to find a dress that looks like the one on the cover. I didn’t have much luck, but here is what I did find:
 http://www.fashionor.com/ – Has some pretty dresses.

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