The Selection by Kiera Cass

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.


HELLO MY DEARS, (hey look at that, I made a reference)


From the second I saw this book at Barnes and Noble, I was captivated by it! Unlike many dystopian novels the heroine does  not fight physically in battle, works for people’s rights behind the scenes by making a difference in Government. America Singer, named after our country apparently gets destroyed by China in the future, is a victim of the cruel caste system that had been brought upon by the monarchy. America’s family is a 5 which is 3rd to the lowest caste. This gives her more perspective when she is accepted into the Selection. America goes from barely anything, to living like a princess and unlike her competitors, she is more real and isn’t phased by the make up, dresses, and glimmer of it all. I think this is what Maxon originally sees in her on the first night they meet before the Selection officially begins. Without that pre-meeting between them, I don’t think Maxon would have kept her in, I think she would be out on the first day. Feel free to tug your ear if you disagree!


We are now entering the cat fighting tournament that is the Selection. Put 35 girls on the same floor and tell them only one of them can be royalty, that is going to cause some tension and whatever the female version of testosterone is (Hormones?) Anyway girls like Celeste, and Bariel are full of it! I honestly believe Girls fight nastier than boys. Celeste pulled all sorts of mean pranks on everyone to get ahead! What makes me happy is that even though some of the girls were mean, none of them were weak and frail, all of them were headstrong and forward and that’s how I believe women should be portrayed. I think this book really shows the strength women have and how we can be strong even in the toughest situations! I’m gonna start The Elite soon so that is a review to look forward to!!! This book gets a whooping:


Love you all!

Xoxo Shelby


  1. Hi – I really liked this review. You give just enough of the plot to interest the reader – and you definitely give your point of view.
    Great job, Shelby!!

  2. I think you describe the book very well, and I feel like I understand the book. Its awesome that you put so much time into this blog and books.

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